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Interview:
TV On The Radio's Malone Sees Detroit's "Potential"
 

By GARY GRAFF
Of the Oakland Press

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People wanting to move out of Detroit is not news these days.

But Kyp Malone of TV on the Radio — currently touring with his own band, Rain Machine — thinks that the city’s current economic woes make the prospect of moving in exciting.

“I feel like there’s a real incredible potential right now in (Detroit),” says Malone, 36, who currently resides in Brooklyn, where he has a 9-year-old daughter. “It doesn’t have to be a corporate renewal or a car company renewal. You can turn empty lots into urban farms, and creative people can take over empty houses that are just going to rot otherwise.

“I feel like artists have been used as the root of gentrification in every city I’ve lived in. So I feel like there’s an opportunity for something much more sustainable and much more human in Detroit right now, and that’s really exciting to me — but I’m talking about it as an outsider.”

Malone and TV on the Radio mates also are existing outside the band right now. After the breakthrough success of 2008’s “Dear Science,” the group is taking a hiatus that Malone expects to last until late 2010, though he says he’d be open to reconvening earlier “if everyone called me, but ... considering how much everyone needed a break, that would be shocking to me. I don’t expect it to happen that soon.”

But he also has every confidence TV on the Radio will be back at some point.

“No one was strangling anyone — and we’re trying to keep it that way, so it was time to take a break,” Malone explains. “I do know for sure that there’s more that we can do and more that we can learn from each other. A more realized record than anything we’ve done thus far is within our potential as a band.”



Kyp Malone’s Rain Machine, Sharon Van Etten and Secret Twins perform Sunday (Oct. 18) at the Magic Stick, 4120 Woodward Ave., Detroit. Doors open at 8 p.m. Tickets are $15. Call (313) 833-9700 or visit www.majesticdetroit.com.

Web Site: www.majesticdetroit.com

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