Yeah Yeah Yeahs’ Karen O Interviewed by Vampire Weekend’s Ezra Koenig for “GQ”

Image Courtesy of ABC/Randy HolmesGQ's February issue will be centered around a feature called "The Legacy Project," which profiles the magazine's selections for the most influential musicians of the last year. One of GQ's picks is Yeah Yeah Yeahs frontwoman Karen O. For the issue, GQ recruited Vampire Weekend frontman Ezra Koenig to interview O about everything from selfies to reclusive R&B singer D'Angelo.

On the subject of selfies, O tells Koenig, "Because it's just self-expression, and that's really tough when you're a teenager, especially a shy one: What's your outlet? I'm all for celebrating your self-expression, and if you want to do that by selfies, then I'm all for it. What makes me a little uncomfortable has to do with its ties to a need to be famous."

When Koenig brings up D'Angelo, who just released his first album in fourteen years, O says, "Part of me is curious about what would happen if there wasn't the obligation to release music into the public for a long time. I've had that pressure -- once you start that conversation with an audience, one of the hardest things is to walk away."

Other profiles in GQ's "The Legacy Project" issue include Spoon, Kim Gordon and St. Vincent. The issue is on newstands in New York City and Los Angeles now, and will be available nationally on January 27.

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