“A lot of times the impact of music has a lot to do with where you are in your life. There were two years that I spent working with a Japanese artist named Himuro. I toured Japan for three months of each year during that time, being the only Westerner in an all-Japanese band. When I saw Lost In Translation, it really brought back how isolated I felt during those tours. I so related to the characters. And Sofia Coppola did an incredible job picking the music.
“The artists on the soundtrack – Squarepusher and some bands who do kind of minimal electronic music – are very interesting. You can tell that Sofia is a real music fan who knows how to incorporate certain songs to help move the story and let you inside the characters. Scorsese is a master at this, of course, and Sofia Coppola has that talent, as well.
“I lived this story for two years, so Lost In Translation is the soundtrack to that period in my life. And what was cool was, I didn’t know some of the artists on the record, so I went out and bought their music. It’s always great when that happens.”