Aidin Vaziri | When the Black Keys busted out of Akron, Ohio, as a scruffy two-piece blues act more than a decade ago, it was impossible to predict that their music would someday be all over the radio while the band packed major venues and racked up Grammy Awards. Guitarist-vocalist Dan Auerbach and drummer Patrick Carney headline the Oracle Arena on the back of their seventh and latest album, “El Camino.” We caught up with Auerbach at the Coachella festival, where he told us how they’re adjusting to unexpected fame.
Dan Auerbach of the Black Keys
Q: Do you find it odd that such a primitive band can be so popular in an age when most people make music on iPhones?
A: I mean, yeah, we’re happy to be successful. But it’s just our aesthetic. Our records are done like everyone else, in the studio with digital equipment. The last two were done completely digitally.
Q: Really? I imagined you guys hitting rocks and sticks together like cavemen.
A: It goes to show a caveman can exist in the modern day.
Q: How big do you think the two of you are comfortable letting the Black Keys become before you have to retreat and go hide in a hole?
A: Because we’re not based on a look – most bands have a look attached to them, like Slash and his top hat or whatever – we just sort of blend in whenever we’re out and about. We’re lucky that way. We don’t have Kiss face paint.