INTERVIEW: Mister Zuckerberg
Hi Mister Zuckerberg, welcome to VENTS! How are you?
I’m very well young man and thank you for the coffee! Few people enquire after my well-being these days (unless it’s one of my kids who’s actually just asking for money) so it’s refreshing to have someone show a genuine interest.
Can you talk to us more about your new single “Digital Rain”?
Certainly, Digital Rain is the greatest record since Computer Love by Kraftwerk. (At least that’s what a guy from Germany told me on Twitter!) It started off life as an acoustic number, but the studio engineer added all sorts of effects, so it ended up sounding very different to how I expected.
Did any specific event inspire you to write this song?
Yes, I turn Seventy on October 13th: my three score years and ten. I wanted to mark the occasion with a statement about who I am and how I feel about the world.
What was the process of creating the music video?
I hired a production company, just like the one that did Friday for Rebecca Black. I wasn’t convinced by them at first—bunch of hipsters in distressed denim eating avocado toast—but the results are fantastic: something Stanley Kubrick or that guy who created Tron would struggle to equal.
Does the new single mean we can expect a new album – how’s that coming along?
A British prog-rock producer has been in touch, keen to feature my track on a concept album he’s creating, based on Shakespeare’s Seven Ages of Man. My track is slated to be Act Six. It all sounds very exciting (but I’m consulting my solicitor, just to be safe).
Any tentative release date or title in mind?
The album (assuming I’m on it) is out 2020 and titled Once In A Lifetime. Quite a long way off, I know. But if you’re a Vents reader and you’d like to hear it, pass me your details and I’ll send you a copy of the demo that my engineer “ripped”.
Any plans to hit the road and take your music to the people directly?
Absolutely! I have an up-coming tour of old people’s homes this fall. I’ll be traveling between them in my motor-home, putting on a concert at each stop. Tour shirts are being printed with the care homes listed on the back—very rock ‘n’ roll!—but they’re not T-Shirts, oh no, pique-cotton polo shirts, young man!
What else is happening next in Mister Zuckerberg’s world?
Since Hugh Hefner passed away (RIP), I’m taking up his mantle as aging international playboy. I still have the je ne sais quoi (that’s French) to make a bunny’s tail twitch — if you know what I mean! Yessiree: I consider myself Hef 2.0: a charming guy in a tuxedo, but with a giant USB stick for a head!
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