panda head interviews...evan mast of ratatat.
i saw ratatat for the first time kind of by accident - they were playing black cat and i had nothing to do that night; i bought tickets based on the fact that i remembered a friend wearing a ratatat pin on their coat at one time or another. i was ill-prepared for the extreme awesomeness of the show but managed to hold it together through the breakdancers, the screaming girls, and the otherwise totally insane crowd-and i left with a new favorite band. their music has been described as everything from hip hop to 'indietronica,' but it's probably easier to say that ratatat is two guys (evan mast and mike stroud), two guitars, and a sickening amount of synthesizer. don't miss tomorrow night's late show (10pm) at the 930 club with openers despot and hexa.
how would you describe your style?
a neglected pet. future magic.
do you pay attention to trends? if so, how do you stay current?
it's hard not to in new york. you walk outside and everybody has a yassir arafat scarf under their chin, you can't help but notice. i'm not quick enough to follow up on it. i'm still wearing the same kind of stuff i was wearing when i was 15.
what do you spend money on, clothing-wise?
i absolutely hate shopping for clothes. sometimes when i walk into a clothing store my hair stands on end and i have to flee. so i try to keep shopping trips down to once or twice a year. then i buy as much as possible and hope i can make it last for at least 6 months.
how do you pack for tour?
a pair of jeans, some t-shirts and then as many boxers and socks as i can cram into my bag.
does what you wear on stage differ from what you wear off stage?
mostly silk bathrobes off stage. i like to lay back in a bathrobe and complain about stuff.
what's your absolute favorite item of clothing?
my friend dave just bought a navy blue sweatshirt with a big white ying yang on the front. it doesn't belong to me, but thats my favorite at the moment.
who or what do you find inspiring, style-wise?
serge gainsbourg. everyone knows he has the best style, right? and ghostface killa. giant gold eagle sticking 6 inches off his wrist, dinner plate medallion... oh, and cam'ron, because he'll be like 'yeah i've got a big purple chinchilla on my head but you're gonna respect me.'
do you have any favored designers?
james kendi. kendi ties. he only makes ties. i like loomstate too & clarks.
do you make or customize any of your own clothing?
i recently customized a striped sweater with a nickel sized coffee stain just below the collar.
what city do you find to be the most stylish?
interview: morgan. picture uncredited from the ratatat website. be ratatat's fan.com on their myspace page.