Last year, before all of the amazing tumult of this year, I conducted an interview with Mark Mothersbaugh. whose surrealism extends from the circuit-bent synthesizers that helped make Devo famous to the ideas that helped make them important.
He is also a prolific composer of film and television scores, many of which are for children, and produced at the iconic Mutato Muzika studio on Sunset Boulevard in Hollywood, which he owns. Mark is also a visual artist, and hosts a drawing segment on Nick Jr’s television series, “Yo Gabba Gabba!” called Mark’s Magic Pictures, in which he teaches children how to draw simple pictures that often come alive at the end of the segment. We spoke by phone, I at the office in Brooklyn, he in Los Angeles at home.
But none of that mattered, because before long, the recording of our conversation was lost to the gods of recorded conversations. And then, recently, I found it again. It is a beautiful world. Since we are re-airing Electric Independence’s studio visit with him and the rest of Devo, this seemed like a good time to share our conversation.
Alex: Mark, how are you?
Mark: I’m good, how are you?
I’m alright. How are your energy levels?
They’re okay, a little bit – feeling like – they’ve gotta be okay because tomorrow I’m going to Disneyland with my kids.