Nels Cline Interview

Source: 15 questions.

Looking back in time over Cline’s shoulder, it is little wonder that one encounters a love for psychedelia, Coltrane’s “Africa” and the indian raga in his biography – styles of music, where a key is not so much a playing instruction, as it is an indication of mood, timbre and time. It is also little wonder that he should end up playing in Wilco – a group with a remarkable talent for failelessly landing right at the borderline between genres – while simultaneously building a career interpreting the works of contemporary composers: In both, the way you tune your instrument is already a creative decision. (Although, perhaps, it always is.)