Catch up with Dirty Beaches and find out how he makes such great music despite not having a real studio to record in.
“In 2011, Dirty Beaches (known to his family as Alex Zhang Hungtai) thought he had finally made a record that his father would enjoy—the critically acclaimed Badlands. When his father heard the debut vinyl LP though, he admitted to not caring for the lo-fi, paranoid rockabilly featured throughout. This came as a disappointment to Hungtai who had clearly looked up to his father, evident in the sepia-toned photos of him as a young man that adorn the covers of the early Dirty Beaches 7-inch singles. But Hungtai moved on from this blow and accepted the fact that he might never be able to satisfy his father deciding then to focus on what would please himself before anyone else. He told me, “Whatever I make next, I don’t give a fuck if he likes it or not…”