Julian Casablancas Answers Your Questions

by Eric Van Dril · 138 comments

Check out the questions and Julian’s response to them here: http://julian-casablancas-for-decibel.takesquestions.com.Β  This is really worth your time.

I want to say two things: 1) That takesquestions.com site is really cool. I thought this was a neat way to do an interview, especially with how flawed a company/interviewer taking Twitter questions can be. I feel like I really learned something from Julian’s responses.

2) This is going to sound abnormal, but I’ll say it anyway: Julian has a really nice speaking voice.

{ 38 comments… read them below or add one }

1 H October 12, 2011 at 9:52 am

@Adele and modern age yeah I’ve seen that but that’s nothing. Have you seen the one he did for Jtv? Link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H_rvAa-0Sv8&feature=youtube_gdata_player (does this work I never link stuff before)

It’s a fun interview and like you never know what’s gonna come out of his mouth which is kinda entertaining. He could also have been really high lol.

2 the modern age October 12, 2011 at 10:13 am

@H and Adele, Thanks for those. Wow, I’ve never really watched interviews with Fab before. Good lord he was high out of his mind! Fab is so cute. I was suprised at his commentary on Juicebox in the NME interview though. Someone clearly does NOT like that one.

For some reason that reminds me of this little clip from back in the early days of ITI. TS are only in the first 8 seconds but what the guy says to them is pretty funny. Sorry if you’ve already seen it.


3 lulu October 12, 2011 at 10:13 am

@modern age

So ad hominem. Why the personal attacks? I mean are you guys really grown ups doing this all day?

No diapers, no beer, and yes moving forward with my life and doing something with it.

Is this honestly what you are doing with yours? Yes, I spent the summer researching The Stroke. Yes I have written a cohesive history of The Strokes, so why not publish it?

And yes, we all experience mean girls, and we all know, they typically have not a lot going for them and are easily intimidated. And yes, I am only seventeen, and yes, I did talk with my MOMMMY, about this. And yes, her point was extremely good.

What in the world is an adult woman doing posting in a chat room all day and night about The Strokes. Where is her husband, where is her home, where are her children, where is her life.

So, no time out, no beer, I have been listening to Beethoven since I was born and I love my life. I am on the debate team and none of you could even make the debate team.

And yes, I do intend to have a superior life and I will go to a top tier school and I can be articulate without resorting to crude words and crude references.

You seem torn between deciding whether I am 13 or 65. I suspect the truth of the matter, that you, in your adult life have demonstrated yourself to be obsessed with a band for your own personal fulfillment not studying it to write about it and share information with others. Originally, that was my school, and you can ridicule that if you want.

Now with my teachers help, ridicule that, and my father’s help, ridicule that as well, I will polish it an publish it. If you find that to be ‘superior’ or worthy of ridicule, I invite you to examine your lives before you ridicule mine.

The Strokes a a couple more concerts and possibly a new album in March or April. My columns are written through December. I will pull them together to publish with the help of supportive adults that would never spend their time in this chat room and find a new band to write about for next semester.

Oh, and I will get into a top tier school. Did any of you who are ridiculing me do that?

4 the modern age October 12, 2011 at 10:29 am

Ok πŸ™‚ Good luck with everything.

5 saywhat October 12, 2011 at 10:58 am

With your awful grammar and obnoxious argumentative “skills”, you should apply at NME. Perfect fit

6 Adele October 12, 2011 at 11:00 am

Ok, I can only speak for myself here. What I was trying to relay to you in one of my previous comments is that I am a fan of the Strokes. They are my favourite band. I can see that you find it hard to understand why adults would spend their time in a place like this. It doesn’t mean I don’t have other things to do – it just means I feel safe here to communicate with other people who share the same interests and passion for those interests. When I say, “The guitar solo in Take it or Leave It leaves me stunned every time I hear it”, or “I wish I could have written Heart in a Cage”, it’s great to know that I can say it here and people will know *exactly* what I mean. Music plays a massive role in my life – it’s not just entertainment for me.
I don’t know whether you meant it this way or not, but I found your commentary extremely insulting. I still find it hard to understand why you chose a fansite as a platform for your views. This is obviously a biased space. Most importantly though, this is a social space with social conventions, and I’m not used to people insulting me and what I like from the get go. Again, I’m only speaking for myself, but what really ticked me off was your condescension and lack of respect for complete strangers.
Yes, I behaved badly. I admit that and I apologise for it.
Good luck with your school.

7 lulu October 12, 2011 at 11:19 am

Just curious, is one of you Binki? or Julian’s sister?

Projection is a strange thing, Adele and at this stage, I am left with nothing but condescension.

@ modern age … seems a much sadder case.

I’ll post a link … and maybe WizKid will allow me the interview I intend to ask for. Who know, but I will be sure to let them know who I am in the chat room if they care to know.

You and modern age have a great time … with your chat room. My research work with The Strokes is done, unless they grant an interview.

So you adults, have at it. Oh, and Modern Age, I don’t need luck.

My grammar is fine, my thought process is clear and concise, and I am moving forward. Have fun ‘grown ups.’

8 the modern age October 12, 2011 at 11:24 am

One more thing Lulu, You shouldn’t judge people for being in a chat room, no matter what their age, unless you’re on some creepy perv site, which this clearly is not. You don’t know what’s going on in people’s lives who don’t live at home with their parents. I’m not trying to be condescending with that statement, but you might want to think about that. This is supposed to be a fun site and that’s why we’re ALL here. I’m sorry for saying mean things, but you really could lighten up. Adele made some very good points above.

Again, good luck with everything. Really.

9 Julie October 12, 2011 at 11:28 am

Lulu, you are a judgemental, condescending and pompous little girl.

10 shadey October 12, 2011 at 11:35 am


7,000 words is not long enough for a commentary on anything. Ever. I’m certain you’ll learn that once you start reaching your junior and senior years in your undergraduate education.

I was in debate club too, President actually, and am on the debate team now at the college level, and let me assure you that effective debate does not include throwing around the titles of logical fallacies over and over in an attempt to appear more intelligent than your opponent. In fact, you never do that, because it just makes you look hungry for excuses… the irony of the situation is that most of the time that people DO that, the act of identifying logical fallacies ITSELF -becomes- an “ad hominem” of sorts, since there is rarely any use in it. Again, you’ll probably learn that as you get older, or join college debate or something.

I’m not trying to be mean, or sound smarter, or demean you, but I do understand (and hopefully you will too) that you don’t need to immediately throw out reasons why you’re better than everybody to win an argument. If you were to just back down and accept that you WERE sounding very pretentious (criticizing the lives of adults, telling people they’re essentially failures.. you clearly haven’t the slightest idea of what being an adult is about,) all of this hullabaloo would disappear. And hey, if you think you can get into a top tier school, more power to you, because having that drive is excellent; shoving it down other people’s throats, however, isn’t.

In layman’s terms: Nobody gives a shit, dude. It’s the internet. Chill the fuck out.

11 Deirza October 12, 2011 at 12:04 pm

I am am or rather was like you.
Its ofcourse something I cant prove but I swear to God I’m telling the truth. I am from Asia, which part is not necessary, but my point is in Asia, atleast where I come from, EVERYONE goes to college. Can you imagine the amount of competition I had to face? I had zero time to do anything but study. We have the normal school time, but on top of that extra classes everyday, and I would sometimes only be home at 12.30 am, and I have to leave my house at 5.30 am every morning. Add homework and extracurricular activities-(which are in school btw) I had no time to write, sing or learn music.
I learnt to play the guitar and piano on my own.. Does that make me an inferior person because nothing was handed out to me? I didnt DISCOVER beethovan or mozart until much later?
(Firstly, you are really lucky you get to do what you love, with supportive adults around.)
I had an aim too, I wanted to be the best (and I was), have a life people would envy and than everything else will fall into place.
I got a full scholarship from my gov to study in the US, I got into NYU, Business school (which was my dream school, though I know its not Harvard or anything). Then, I learnt the fees in NYU were too high, and I couldnt go, cause my sponsors had to cut down on their expenses.
Does that make me a lesser person?
Sometimes you have to step back and think about it. Go, to that top tier school, but never forget that that’s not all life is about. Sometimes when you keep chasing after a dream, you might lose sight of everything else. Like understanding what everyone else here is saying. There is a reason why everyone is getting ticked off, but if you refuse to step back and think why, that is your loss.
I hope your mom reads this, and I hope if you dont understand, atleast she can explain to you what I mean. I agree that them calling you a baby is a bit immature, but stop fighting and put yourself in other people’s shoes.

I come this fansite everyday, even thougn I am busy as hell because the strokes, and even this fansite make me happy. Just because you’re 30 doesnt mean that you have to lead a boring and miserable life.

Sometimes I laugh at the life I am wasting, or wasted actually. I am only 19 going on 20, but when I look back, I wish I had more fun. I dont/wont envy you if you get into a top tier school. I only envy people who are happy with whatever little they have. I envy people who willingly live their life for other less fortunate people
Oh.. I dont have a clue what ad hominem is. haha..sorry random thought.
Although I left high school 2 years ago, nobody cares or remembers that I got straight A’s. They will always remember though, the kind of person I was.
Now I still aim high, but not at the expense of pushing other people away. Because at the end of the day, its something you do for your own benefit and to prove to yourself, not others.
I hope you understand lulu, if no, atleast I tried.
Right, super corny chessy post, forgive me for my horrendous english, peace out. πŸ™‚

12 Deirza October 12, 2011 at 12:05 pm

not* not no

13 jeommp October 12, 2011 at 12:08 pm

@lulu- With age comes tact. Listen to Shadey, Modern Age and Adele, and if someone wishes you good luck you shouldn’t throw it back at them. Stop trying to prove you’re better than everyone, because you’re not. This is not the place for that anyway.

@Modern Age- I’m actually working on a piano arrangement of Call Me Back right now. It’s so relaxing- fun to play along with the iPod too.

@H and @Modern Age- thank you for the links.

14 Deirza October 12, 2011 at 12:10 pm

lol, shadey just put whatever I said without beating around a million bushes like I did, haha

15 jeommp October 12, 2011 at 12:21 pm

@Deirza- You are right! I really like this:

“I aim high, but not at the expense of pushing other people away. Because at the end of the day, its something you do for your own benefit and to prove to yourself, not others.”

16 Sarah October 12, 2011 at 1:34 pm

I’d rather spend the rest of my life coming here and discussing any song or gig they are playing than just accepting the boring life of work, diplomas and social acceptance.

Cause that feeling that their music gives and that sensation of immortality that it provides, is something that only few people can make you feel and nobody should never give up on that. Listening to music, going to movies, reading books etc.( by default of not being able to create mine) will never pay the bills but will always be superior in so many ways than having a diploma and a high level in society . Everyone can learn but not everyone can create and have the courage to make it their living.

So yeah, not choosing to follow the conventional social stream by becoming musicians and making great music that brings something to the world is why I will always respect The Strokes and support them by coming to this website, despite my age, my profession, my degree of knowledge in music…

On another note, does anyone know if there will be a stream for the Mexican festival that’s coming up? It’s been so long since the last gig.

17 Joe October 12, 2011 at 2:43 pm

jesus christ on a tricycle. can we get the godamn song already?

18 heather October 12, 2011 at 3:30 pm

Deirza, thank you for such a mature and eloquent response. Lulu could learn a thing or two from someone like you. For one thing, she could learn some humility because humility goes a long way in life and she’d do well to learn that lesson now than to get out there in the cold, cruel world and have to learn it the hard way.Then again, I tend to blame the parents when kids turn out to be pompous asses because they condone the behavior. It reflects on the parent and how they’re rearing their children. I always find it hilarious when people come into a situation like this and make sweeping assumptions and generalizations about people based on superficial things like gender, race, age, or whatever. The fact is that no one knows who they may be talking to in situations like this. Many of us here may have even gone to some top tier schools ourselves and could actually be working in the industry that lulu is trying to get into for all we know. Something to think about.

19 dave October 12, 2011 at 6:29 pm

hahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha yo seriously every time i think this thread can’t get funnier, it DOES.

lulu thank you so much for existing. you have provided me with endless entertainment the past few days. seriously, thank you. this has been better than an episode of it’s always sunny. well maybe not that good but a close second.

i’d repeat what everyone already said but lulu clearly isn’t getting it. just one last reminder… you are in a strokes fan website…. you realize people have internet access 24/7….. what the fuck else do you want me to do while i’m commuting to work? read a book?!?!?!?!

and FYI lulu, although i graduated in 4 years with a 4.0 and a full masters degree, this is what matters most:


20 C October 12, 2011 at 9:57 pm

Ok, I’m not sure how NME got stuck on reminiscing about “the past 15 years”… but this collection of lists says a lot about how the Strokes are viewed by their peers:


Love how the presence of ITI is so clearly felt, and the nods to RoF and FIoE!

21 Eric Van Dril October 13, 2011 at 7:24 am

@C — I hate that list. I refuse to post it.

22 lulu October 13, 2011 at 7:33 am


If you think I am sixteen you are less than bright.

I shall link you to the book at Amazon when it comes out.

It’s been real. Your chapter? “Creepy, Sad Fan Girls – Adults that Never Grew Up.”

Or something to that effect.

It will be my fourth PUBLISHED book. Many before the break through.

It’s been an experience. Thanks so much.

I graduated from a top tier school ten years ago. I know the drill!

So, back to the book, my family and my life.

GOOD LUCK WITH YOURS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! If you call this a life.

23 the modern age October 13, 2011 at 7:59 am

@Eric, That’s ok. It’s not major Strokes news anyway.

@C, I like seeing ROF and FIOE getting some recognition. I really like all of their albums, but after falling in love with ITI, ROF was the one that really got me hooked. It’s so funny they posted the interview where Fab says “what was the name of the second record?”

All of these recent posts from everyone have really brightened my morning πŸ™‚ and Amanda de Cadenet just tweeted that Nick broke his ankle. Should be fun for him in Mexico.

24 Julie October 13, 2011 at 8:19 am

Hey ladies!! We get to be in a book!! πŸ™‚

Dave, She only addressed the ladies πŸ™ It doesn’t look like you get to be in the book even though your last comment was the funniest.

Alright, I’m done with this. Moving on now.

25 lulu October 13, 2011 at 8:32 am

By the way, Eric.

The tone and demeanor of Modern Age was inappropriate. That should be monitored and deleted. There really is no place for that in this level of chat room.

The pack psychology, however, appears to have been motivated by it which for me was outstanding.

26 JOSH October 13, 2011 at 12:40 pm

HAHA holy shit this just keeps getting funnier and funnier. lulu is so condescending to everyone on this site with her huge long posts and she doesn’t even realize it.

27 JOSH October 13, 2011 at 12:46 pm

dave knows what he’s talking about, lulu thinks she’s so smart

28 dave October 13, 2011 at 2:32 pm

hahahahahahaha OH MY GOSH LULU you are KILLING me. someone get this girl on reality television. i think Jersey Shore is looking for a new cast next season, your incredible lack of tact and social awareness and common sense would make you a HIT.

plus you already got a sweet nickname. snooki and jwow better watch their backs.

you’re on your way, baby girl!!!!!!!!!

29 the modern age October 13, 2011 at 5:13 pm

Sorry to say… but this is just fantastic πŸ™‚

30 Eric Van Dril October 13, 2011 at 10:28 pm

What the hell happened in the comments of this post? Y’all made me close them off.

31 JOSH October 14, 2011 at 5:45 am

no idea but good lord, who knows

32 heather October 14, 2011 at 7:48 am

Sorry Eric. πŸ™

33 shadey October 14, 2011 at 8:42 am

That, Eric, is a fantastic question..

34 the modern age October 14, 2011 at 8:49 am

I’m sorry too…. we won’t do it again.

35 Julie October 14, 2011 at 9:14 am

Another good question is why tons of looong, insulting, instigating and agressive posts, in capital and bold letters, telling everyone else they’re not smart enough, will never be successful, are too dense to bother participating in this chat, and are too stupid to pay attention to important things, are constantly being posted on every single entry in the first place. We love this page and we love participating, and many of us come here and will continue to come here every day, but people get tired of being yelled at all the time when they’re trying to talk about something else.

That’s my piece and I’m sorry for saying impolite things.

36 life is simple October 15, 2011 at 10:25 pm

Eric, I noticed there’s a tiny smiley face at the bottom right corner of the page. Nice touch.

And yes, Julian does have a nice speaking voice.


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