James Murphy knows good coffee and is not one to be messed about with, seriously

LCD Soundsystem frontman will "beat the shit out of you" if you criticise his DJing, recommend good coffee shops if you don't.


Words by: Charlie Jones

The film of the last days of LCD Soundsystem is out this week, and James Murphy has spoken about many things, which we would like to share with you this morning. In an interview with Shortlist, he has discussed his love of coffee and recommended two London cafés, Giddy Up in Old Street and Flat White in Soho, and related an anecdote about what happens when you criticise his DJing:

I remember DJing once and this kid came up to me and said, “This set is so sh*t,” to try to show me how cool he was. I just grabbed him by the throat and was like, “You’re talking to a f*cking stranger. We don’t know each other, dude. I am from a f*cking farm town, I will beat the sh*t out of you.”


And in an interview with NPR from last month, he discussed his past in bands, and offered the right-on justification of drumming:

I was a self-important, pretentious jerk as a kid — and controlling, you know, teenager. I started playing in my first band when I was 12. I like to date myself by saying I was in a New Age band when it wasn’t ironic; it was actually called new wave because it was new. So all through high school, I played guitar and moved to New York when I was 19. And I started thinking, well, maybe the guitar wasn’t for me. … And then I started playing drums and I thought, ‘These are great. You hit them harder and they get louder.’

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