In the context of the What Really Matters-Issue, an interview with Will Oldham – also known under his musical alias Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy – was high on our wishlist. We have been listening to his recent album - simply titled ‘Bonnie “Prince” Billy’ - a lot at the office and as he seems to sift out the superfluousness with great ease, we felt he had a word to say on the topic. Immediately we ran into closed doors, though; Will Oldham is famously quiet. Then we got a mysterious email in our inbox: ‘So, we heard you’d like to speak to Bonnie?’ At precisely noon on a friday in November we called him at his house in Louisville, Kentucky and talked about what it is to be a human being trying to connect. Magic still happens sometimes.
‘I haven’t gotten passed this idea that everybody is unknown or mysterious’
‘As a kid I would walk around at night and walk past people’s houses and I’d be dying to know what happened there – like if someone was folding clothes or eating a bowl of cornflakes, anything like that’