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Radiohead’s Jonny Greenwood: ‘Instead of cocaine, hook me up with a recorder group!’

Delivered... Andrew Male | Scene | Wed 9 Oct 2019 1:50 pm

He has composed a Prom and scored Paul Thomas Anderson films. As he launches his own classical record label, the guitarist reveals how it all started with the humble recorder

Jonny Greenwood is looking well, all things considered. There’s a thin triangle of stubble on his top lip that the morning razor has missed and a slight bleariness around the eyes, but it’s unlikely anyone spotting Radiohead’s lead guitarist in the corner of this London cafe at 10am would guess that he hasn’t been to bed for 24 hours. “No, not really had any sleep,” he mutters, running a hand through his shiny dark hair. “Hour, maybe?”

He’s here to discuss his new classical music record label, Octatonic, but at midnight he was taking a bow at the Albert Hall following a meticulously curated Prom. It was the culmination of his second life as a composer, a 16-year career that has seen him write for the London Sinfonietta, work as composer-in-residence for BBC Concert Orchestra, collaborate with the Polish composer Krzysztof Penderecki and create remarkable scores for the films of Lynne Ramsay and Paul Thomas Anderson.

Paul Thomas Anderson sent me some film clips and I thought: 'It's going to be nice to be in a band with this person'

Volume 1: Partita No 2 in D minor and Volume 2: Industry, Water are out on Jonny Greenwood’s Octatonic Records.

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