Phil Elverum has a poignant reaction to Lil Peep sampling his music

“I’m mostly fine with anyone using my music for whatever. Everything’s just compost that gets reused.”

March 14, 2018

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Phil Elverum records as Mount Eerie, and his songs “(Something)” and “Headless Horseman" from 2001's the Glow pt. 2 were sampled in Lil Peep's online hits “White Wine” and “BeamerBoy” (both Peep songs were produced by Nedarb). In a new interview with Stereogum, Elverum gave his feelings on the samples.

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"[W]hen I first saw his videos I was like, 'Argh! No! Yuck!' I just really didn’t get it, and I think it’s just because I’m old, honestly," Elverum said, adding: "It’s one of the first times I felt truly alienated from, you know, kids these days. But I mostly just felt bad. I didn’t want to be associated with it, but also I didn’t want to be a hard ass. I’m mostly fine with anyone using my music for whatever. Everything’s just compost that gets reused."

As Mount Eerie, Elverum released the acclaimed album A Crow Looked At Me in 2017, a project written and recorded after the death of his wife Geneviève. On November 20, after Lil Peep passed away from an overdose, Elverum tweeted "Lil Peep is on my mind." Elverum said he sent the message because "death was on my mind. More people dying, young people dying, people dying before their time, Geneviève dying, and people grieving in this sloppy, chaotic, public way, which I was also doing. It just poked at all these issues in a fresh way, surprisingly."

On Friday, Mount Eerie will release the new album Now Only. Listen to the new song "Distortion" below. Read his full interview with Stereogum.

Phil Elverum has a poignant reaction to Lil Peep sampling his music