Surrounding the release of Bon Iver‘s new album, i,i, frontman Justin Vernon has been tapped by Pitchfork to feature in its latest cover story. While at his Wisconsin estate, Vernon dished on the album, the current political climate, and why he can’t hang out with Kanye West anymore. Additionally, he also discussed his newfound fashion ambitions.
Having collaborated years back — notably on 2010’s My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy and 2013’s Yeezus — Vernon touches on his working relationship with Kanye. The 38-year-old musician proclaims that while they tend to agree on how to execute a recording session, they have drifted apart largely due to politics.
“I can’t really kick it with [Kanye] anymore on a personal level, just the energy,” he says. “But I’ve got mad love for him, and we’re still friends.”
Similarities between the two renowned musicians still remain, however. Pitchfork points out that both struggle with ego and often times wear masks, both look for inspiration from collaborators, both refuse to become complacent, and both are interested in fashion. Furthermore, Vernon is working with lifelong friend, the noise musician Trever Hagen, to make “weird recycled fashion” out of old clothes.
Also during his time with Pitchfork Vernon spoke about depression, John Mayer, and more. Follow here to read the interview in full.