We managed to run into Radiohead’s son, KID A in Hollywood at a listening party for his brother, OK Computer’s rerelease of OKNOTOK. OK Computer was busy hosting his release party but we were lucky enough to get an interview with Kid A. He will be turning 17 this October and we asked what this young Libra is up to.
Do you have any other brothers or sisters?
OKNOTOK, I guess that’s what we’re calling him now, is my only brother. I don’t have any sisters, just a few transistors.[awkward smirk]
What are your plans for the big and exciting age of 17?
I think I feel changes happening in my body already, elementary particles, halogens. I’m excited to see what my heptadecagon will look like upon puberty’s completion. Will my shirts still fit? So many questions…
Do you and your brother compete?
OKNOTOK likes to compete, he always felt that he must to live up to other people’s accomplishments. He occasionally says things like “I’ve given all I can, it’s not enough” and I always remind OKNOTOK that “if you try the best you can, the best you can is good enough.”
Why did you release your other half, Amnesiac a year later rather then when you came out in October of 2000?
It’s funny, I totally forgot that we recorded those songs. Then, one day Dad called, he asked what this tape was in his studio. He thought it would funny to call me Amnesiac, I can’t remember why. What was that you tried to say?
Do you define yourself as abstract?
[undecipherable warbling vocal sounds, sky turns blood red, whales call from near by coast]
How do you feel about climate change?
There’s an Ice Age coming. Let me hear both sides.
People say that you’re depressed based on your lyrical content, is this true?
It’s like there are two versions of myself, one is the KID A everyone listens to now and again and enjoys, the other is the KID A that nobody listens to, sitting in a CD case in a storage unit, or I will get deleted off of a college kid’s iTunes playlist when a new Muse album comes out. That pain doesn’t go away, I live with it everyday, sometimes it’s numb, I hold it in and hide it. But then a drunk emotional thirty-something man will tweet “there are two colours in my head” after he gets rejected by a female because he couldn’t maintain a normal conversation with her, he’ll get a few retweets and favourites and that will make him feel less alone, those are the moments that keep me going. I like being there for that guy.
Do you think the high presence of technology is good for society?
Mobiles squerking, Mobiles chirping, We post constantly, everybody knows everything about everyone. At first, I was a bit overwhelmed. It’s like wow, this is really happening. But after a few years of it, I think it’ll be fine. Here, I’m alive, everything all of the time. All you have to do is turn it off, no big deal.
What do you spend the most time thinking about during the day?
Where’d I park my car?