Last year, the multi-faceted poet, actor and musician Saul Williams put a call out through social media for poets to send in their writings. After reviewing over 8,000 poems, 100 were selected then fused into one voice and Chorus: A Literary Mixtape was born. The Triple Door asked Saul a few questions to get an idea of the sound of his internal mixtape.
The Triple Door: What did you have for breakfast?
Saul Williams: Nothing yet, I'm still sleeping. Typing, walking, as I look for coffee.
TD: What inspires you to create?
SW: Good coffee. Good films. Good books. Good music (but I prefer great music). Great conversations where we connect dots, take shots for every epiphany, dismantle some long held suspicion, confirm the unbelievable, and laugh laugh laugh (in that order). I also like nature.
TD: Who inspires you to create? and what would you say to them if they were standing in front of you right now?
SW: They are standing here right now and they won't let me type it.
TD: Do you believe in "writer's block"?
SW: No. I believe there is a time and place for everything and that 'everything' includes not writing. There's a time to make music and a time to make love, a time to write poetry and a time to just dance. In fact, there's a lot of time.
TD: You've mentioned, at the end of the day, you're a performer. What do you love most about performing?
SW: I love the challenge of being put on the spot and the only escape is to create- to free yourself from your fears and just go there.
TD: What was the first record you ever bought?
SW: Spoonie Gee- Spoonin Rap
TD: Describe your art in three words:
SW: Pure Punk Rock
See Saul Williams and Chorus: A Literary Mixtape on September 17 at 7:30 on the Mainstage. Tickets here>>