Fireside Chat

John Maus

60 minsFirst aired 4 May 2018
Shawn Brackbill

The revered American songwriter, composer and academic shares tales of his musical journey and the making of his distinctive sound.

Meet the heady prince of dark electronic pop. John Maus grew up in a remote town in Minnesota, where he developed an affinity for both punk rock and baroque music. Eventually he decamped to Los Angeles, where he was exposed to experimental forces — there he met his future bandmate and collaborator, Ariel Pink. Since then, Maus has performed with the likes of Pink and Animal Collective, recording a cadre of solo gems along the way, including Love Is Real and We Must Become the Pitiless Censor of Ourselves. Maus took an extended break from music to finish his PhD in political philosophy, but returned with his album Screen Memories in late 2017, followed by Addendum in the spring of 2018.


During his time at CalArts, Maus studied under American composer, guitarist and scholar Michael Pisaro.


RBMA Daily chronicles The Space Lady’s ascendency from street performer to touring act.


More Maus wisdom, via the Creative Independent.


Interview by Paula Mejia
Written and engineered by Tobias Jansen and Max Schweder
Produced by Carmen Hofmann

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