City and Colour Surprised At Landing Coachella Main Stage Slot
"I'm pretty fiercely independent I've never been really covered by a lot of mainstream media in America. I've never been in the big magazines. I've never been on any of the talk shows. Radio doesn't really play my songs," he told Radio.com backstage right after finishing his festival set. "So for me, every time I get a chance to do something like this, I always wonder 'why did they ask me to play on the main stage?' because I wonder if anyone will know who I am."
Green even tweeted before going on stage that he hoped people would show up. But the Canadian singer/songwriter should really stop worrying about that, since, as he admitted, the crowd not only showed up, but was singing along. And not only singing along to cuts from his most recent album, 2013′s The Hurry and the Harm, but ones from his 2005 debut, Sometimes, which he released while still a member of the post-hardcore band, Alexisonfire.
"It's always exciting to walk out and have people standing out there and singing the words to your songs," Green said. "When I see them singing the words, it makes me feel like it's more about the song than anything else because I don't understand why anyone would know who I am besides hearing the songs."
Green makes it clear, he doesn't want City and Colour to become some sort of vanity project, admitting that he had apprehensions about putting his face on the cover of The Hurry and the Harm. He was worried his image would take focus away from the music itself.
"I feel like this is a very narcissistic business to be in, you know, a lot of the times it turns out to be more about the person and about how much more special they are than you," he explained, saying he doesn't want his career to be like that. "It wasn't about, 'Hey look at me I'm special.' It was, 'Hey, I have this thing that I think I'm pretty good at would you mind listening to it?' more on this story
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