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In a cramped hotel foyer in Paris, I'm sitting with one of America's most enigmatic singer-songwriters.
Callahan may have characterised his career as an exercise in Sisyphean futility, but it reaches a fresh summit tomorrow, with the start of his biggest UK tour, culminating in two sold–out shows at the Festival Hall – an unimaginable outcome, given his obscure beginnings in the late 1980s, when he spewed out lo–fi cassettes from his bedroom in small–town Maryland.
"I knew absolutely nothing about recording," he says of those days.
I thought that was cool – that it was communicating something. It was just like screaming." But it wasn't exactly like screaming.
) is an American singer-songwriter and guitarist who has also recorded and performed under the band name Smog.
Callahan began working in the lo-fi genre of underground rock, with home-made tape-albums recorded on four track tape recorders.
I moved any fader that made a drastic change in sound.It was written by Jay Lacopo and executive-produced by Lacopo, Gail Berman, Bill Callahan and James Griffiths.“Cooper Barrett’s Guide to Surviving Life” airs Sundays at p.m. Much of his early output was instrumental, a stark contrast to the lyrical focus of his later work.Apparently, he used lo-fi techniques not primarily because of an aesthetic preference but because he didn't have any other possibility to make music.