Following the release of Bon Iver‘s latest album, i,i, frontman Justin Vernon was recently profiled by Pitchfork for their latest cover story. In the comfort of his Wisconsin estate, Vernon dished about everything from the process that went into making the record, working with John Mayer, and his newfound fashion ambitions to dealing with depression in the current political climate and why he doesn’t hang out with Kanye West anymore.
During the interview, Vernon briefly went into detail about his working relationship with Kanye which dates back to 2010 when he collaborated on My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy followed by 2013’s Yeezus. The Wisconsin native explained how they tend to agree on how to execute a recording session, but have since drifted apart largely due to differences in their political beliefs.
“I can’t really kick it with [Kanye] anymore on a personal level, just the energy,” he said. “But I’ve got mad love for him, and we’re still friends.”
Similarities between the two renowned musicians still remain, however. Pitchfork pointed out that both of them struggle with ego and often times wear masks, looking for inspiration from collaborators and refusing to become complacent. They also have a shared interest in fashion, something that might surprises Bon Iver fans. Vernon is reportedly working with his lifelong friend, Trever Hagen, to make “weird recycled fashion” out of old clothes.
Read the full piece over on Pitchhfork.