“You know, it’s not even lyrically that I can say I get down with Taylor Swift. It’s more, I’m a super nerd about song structures and like melodies and how all that stuff works together. I spend a lot of my time being fascinated by that stuff and figure out how it all works. Like her songs, are usually a perfect example of a great modern pop song, you know? Like every single she put out from that last record [Red] is a perfect song pretty much. The way the songs work, I don’t know, it’s really nerdy stuff. It’s hard for me to explain. [Laughs] I’m like fascinated by the structures of pop songs because even a really abstract one, like ‘Single Ladies’ or something. Like Beyoncé songs are like bizarre, but they’re still super catchy and they still work in that way. And then you have Taylor Swift and it’s just really straightforward like part A, part B, part A, part B. It’s pretty obvious what happens, but they work and it’s something I’ve spent a lot of time thinking about while I drive around listening to the radio. I’m into it more on like a songwriting level then you know, wanting to emulate Taylor Swift’s boyfriend troubles.”
#5. Win Butler Crashes Taylor Swift’s Acceptance Speech
Taylor Swift wasn’t around to accept her YouTube Phenomenon award, so some all-girl group that covered “I Knew You Were Trouble” on YouTube accepted on her behalf. Everything was going smoothly until Win Butler busted in wearing a Ramones T-shirt to parody Kanye’s infamous stage-crashing from the ’09 VMAs. “Not Taylor Swift, I’m a let you finish,” Butler began. “Not Taylor Swift, the YouTube Phenomenon Of The Year was definitely the “Harlem Shake,” I don’t know. No disrespect, but everyone knows that if you’ve ever even been on YouTube, so whatever.”
ESTE HAIM: I tend to have new songs that I get sick of and then delete after I listen over and over again. Right now I’m really into Bat For Lashes. Got to see her a lot on the festival circuit and we dorked out and told her about what big fans we are and she said that she liked “Forever” and we were dying inside that she even knew one of our songs. We listen to Kendrick Lamar a lot and Yeezus gets us pumped for our shows. J. Cole. Now, he’s tall. He’s such a babe. He’s literally 6’6″. I just felt so comfortable in his arms. I let the hug go on a few seconds too long but what can you do?