Nobody Is Having a Better “Brat” Summer Than Kyle MacLachlan

Have you been a fan of Charli XCX’s for a while, or was this the first album that grabbed you?

No, not that long. A lot of my music comes from my son, first of all, because he’s constantly changing his playlist. I get to listen to it when I drive him to his surfing experiences or his volleyball matches. And I love it. He’s got a great musical sense and encompasses many different eras. I find stuff on there that I’m like, “Why are you listening to songs that I listened to when I was your age? I like it!”

If you’re of that age today, your musical world is so much more expansive than when I was that age, right? I was 15 in ‘74, ‘75. And the music that I was interested in listening to was pretty narrow, when you think about it. I enjoyed older music, but really, it was what was happening then and maybe a little before me. Now they have all these different eras to draw from, and to find. It’s kind of great.

Also, I’m working with a wonderful creative team to help me post these, of course, and they are constantly bringing me new material, new songs, new things to think about. I’m so grateful, because I’m like, Oh, thank you. I make these discoveries with their help, and it keeps me musically going. We all tend to get sort of moored. Music was super important — primarily for me, [in] junior high and high school, music was everything — and then life sort of takes over and you begin to engage less and less, at least I do. This is a way of keeping me fresh, I guess. Which I appreciate, at 65 years old.

So did your son introduce you to “Von dutch”?

This one actually came through my social crew. [They] played it and I was like, What is that? And I said, This is amazing. And so then I went in and said, Okay, I gotta listen to the album. And then that started me on my Charli XCX tour, which was really fun.

Why do you think this album has resonated with you so much?

There’s a real mix of the styles on it…but then there’s also these reflections. I thought that her also referencing some of her influences — she talks about SOPHIE — is great. And the other one that I really like is “I might say something stupid,” because I was like, I totally relate to that. We all do. I think it’s kind of universal, when you’re out somewhere and you’re feeling like you don’t quite fit in, or oh god I’m gonna do something dumb. Or you feel insecure.

And I thought that to be so…open isn’t really the word, but to expose the insecurities, along with the confidence and to be able to do both? And then both of these things living in this person is such the journey of an artist. It’s the journey of everybody. But with an artist, you have to draw from that. I think it’s really healthy to ask those questions.

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