Joe Carnahan: How have you lived your life? How do you want to die?
Claire Boucher: I don’t know, I just like to think about dying, whether or not I’m going to die.
Carnahan: I’d like to know that you’re there.
Boucher: Except, obviously, I’m not religious.
Carnahan: Sure, sure.
Boucher: I’ll be honest, I had taken all my clonazepam when I crossed the border a few days ago because I didn’t have a prescription.
Carnahan: There’s always this threat lurking, so therefore there’s always a level of tension and suspense on the corners of the frame.
Boucher: Definitely, like, super psychedelic and great.
Carnahan: I don’t care how long you’ve been performing, or if you know that it’s being puppeted, it’s still a big head with huge, sharp teeth snapping at you, so you’re going to have a visceral reaction to that.
Boucher: It’s hard, I don’t read any of my press.
Carnahan: I was just concerned that I was being perceived in a way that I was uncomfortable with.
Boucher: I don’t try to think about it, really.
Carnahan: All you could do was react.
Boucher: Human beings are predisposed to complete irrationality or a desire to believe in something that is inexplicable, and potentially even devote themselves to that.
Carnahan: If you deny it, it’s only because the particular way that you choose to worship won’t allow it.
Boucher: I’ve accepted my fate. But then there’s the fact that I play dance parties and exist totally on the Internet. [Laughs]