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Post by sir on Wed 21 Oct - 8:11

David Duchovny talks about how he ended up making a rock album, creativity (or the lack thereof) in Hollywood, and the fact that he REALLY wants to tell you about the X-Files revival, but he would have to kill you if he did.

Iíve always been a fan of David Duchovny. †His sullen, dark, cool guy persona always seemed realer, more relatable than the usual pretty boy carbon copies that Hollywood is famous for. It also didnít hurt that he was the star of one of my favorite shows, the classic X-Files series.

2015 has been a big year for David Duchovny. Best known for his performances as Special Agent Fox Mulder on the X-Files, and Hank Moody on Californication, this year, Duchovny has put out the New York Times bestseller Holy Cow: A Modern Day Dairy Tale, stars in the upcoming six-episode revival of The X-Files, returned to network TV with the NBC series Aquarius and released the alt-rock album, Hell or Highwater. (cue record scratching) Wait, what?

Thatís right, The Talented Mr. Duchovny rocks, and we salute him.

The Couch Sessions caught up with the man who says ďI would think my biggest fear my entire life wouldíve been singing in front of peopleĒ before his Monday, October 26 performance at the Howard Theatre in DC.

The Couch Sessions: †2015 has been a very busy for you. You published a best-selling book, you have the nerds going crazy with the X-Files revival, you came back to network TV with AquariusÖ

David Duchovny: †We call them fans, not ďnerdsĒ. [Laughs] Donít get me in trouble.

No problem, Iím one too. †Itís a term of endearment.


So how did you end up recording an album?

Well, it just all started very organically about four or five years ago where I found myself with a bunch of time.

I was just finished shooting Californication at the time, and you know Iíd always wanted my kids to play guitar and Iíd always wanted to play guitar. †I actually picked it up with the thought that I would learn how to play guitar in front of them, in a way so that they could see, Iím always preaching to them.

The beginnings of things are the hard part, then you get good enough to have fun with things, anything, you know any kind of body of knowledge. †So I thought, ĎWell Iíll put my money where my mouth is and Iíll do it, Iíll do it in front of themí and thatís just how I started picking up the guitar and again organically it just went to playing rock and roll songs that I liked growing up.

Iíve always been pretty good with words and Iíve always written, so if I could come up with a few chord progressions that I like, maybe I come up with a melody. I know I could come up with words, just one step at a time.

I started working with this guy named Keaton Simons (Singer/Songwriter) on the songs, and then I met Brad Davidson (President ThinkSay Records) through him. Brad really shepherded the whole project to the completion of the album.

Weíve had albums from Don Johnson, Keanu Reeves, and Russell Crowe. Could you hear the collective groans from people when you announced this album? Do you even pay attention to stuff like that?

Not really. Obviously, Iíve come across it as I talk about it. People will bring it up, but it doesnít really make sense to me. The way that I think is, I donít think about who somebody has to be in order to do something.

If youíre an actor, that doesnít mean, that you canít make music. Or if youíre a musician, that doesnít mean that you canít act, or build a house, or whatever. Music, to me, is the most democratic thing. Everybody should be making music. So I get it when people ask me am I worried about that guy who made music, or this guy who made music, who wasnít very good, who was an actor or an actress.

Well, Iím just doing what I do, and Iím really not thinking about that.

Why did you name this album Hell or Highwater?

That was the song that was decided that would be the single of the album. Hell or High Water just seemed to stand for a lot of the feeling of the album. †A lot of the songs are about the ends of things, moving on, of loss, and of perseverance. †Really, thatís kinda what Hell or High Water meant to me, it was a song about perseverance, like youíre going to be okay, youíre gonna stand there through Hell or High Water. So itís representative.

I read in a recent interview where you said ďIím more of a writer whoís been acting than an actor whoís new to writing.Ē How has this affected you creative process? Do you look at scripts critically?

I look at it as a writer sometimes. But usually the way I look at a script or a scene or a piece of dialogue is I give the writer the respect of thinking, well they mustíve worked at it, and thereís a reason why itís particularly this way so I will try and make that work as best I can. †If I still have a problem with it, or itís not working, or I canít make it work, then we can look to change it.

Youíve built your career on being unpredictable, from Denise/Dennis on Twin Peaks, Special Agent Mulder, Hank Moody, to Bob Rueland in Return To Me Ė thatís one of those late night cable favoritesÖ

Yeah, thatís a sweet movie.

Youíve always chosen a wide range of roles and projects to work. †Do you think with all the different things youíve done that getting into music was just the natural progression of your career?

No. It wasnít natural at all. †It was a huge surprise to me still.

I just think music was always central to my life. I was always listening to music. I wasnít always playing it, as I said, until recently. If youíd asked me 3, 4, 5 years ago was music was going to be part of my performing or creative output of my life, I would say of course not. So itís a surprise to me and I think itís been maybe the best surprise Iíve ever had in my creative life, itís just completely out of left field.

Youíve been on tour doing dates since July, howís life on the road been treating you?

Well itís good. †We havenít played that many dates, so itís been nice.

Iíve been able to be at home in New York, and travel around a bit, and do some dates. I like being able to come home. Weíve been doing the Northeast, when Iím working in LA in November to do Aquarius this year; I hope we can do a west coast swing.

Okay. So youíre not sitting on a bus going from city to city, youíre doing spot dates.

No, itís not ďTurn the PageĒ; itís not the Bob Seger song. Not yet, anyway.

What would Mulder and Hank Moody think about Hell or Highwater?

[Laughs] I donít think Mulder ever listened to music; Mulder didnít seem to have any kind of hobbies or interests outside of his work. So I donít think I think Mulder downloaded it yet, Moody wouldíve enjoyed the late 60s vibe to it, the mid-70s vibe and he wouldíve I think liked the lyrics, I think he wouldíve wanted a few more hard rocking numbers.

Ödo you think Hank would go out and buy it, or would he do an illegal download?

Thatís a good question. He would have illegally downloaded it for sure.

[Laughs] Ok, last question. †I would like to get your opinion on something. Lately, Hollywood has been really big on sequels, reboots, revivals, etc., etc. Do you think this speaks to the lack of creativity now or are they just giving fans what they want?

It might be a bit of both of those things. But I like to think in terms of what weíve done with the X-Files, you have this great, classic frame for a show. This endless, flexible frame for a show that could be scary, funny, smart, impossible, and even romantic. †Itís hard to come up with a frame like that; itís hard to come up with characters that are so kind of perfectly iconic. So, I donít think itís a lack of imagination in that sense, I think itís a recognition that some things work.

I canít let you go without asking at least one X-Files question, my editor will kill me. What can you tell me? Any spoilers you want to share?

Öwell if I tell you something, Iíll have to kill you. †So itís either your editor will have to kill you, or I will so youíre out of luck.

An Evening w/David Duchovny | Monday, October 26, 2015 | Howard Theatre Ė Washington, DC


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Post by jade1013 on Wed 21 Oct - 8:45

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