Krist Novoselic Talks Nirvana, Giant in the Trees, Sub Pop – Day – (SPF30 Festival) – 2018
Former Nirvana bassist Krist Novoselic recently spoke to Seattle Business Magazine about his new band Giant in the Trees, Nirvana, money and Sub Pop Records, who celebrates, the recently proclaimed, “Sub Pop Day” today, August 11th (Also the date of Sub Pop’s SPF30 Festival). Highlights from the interview can be found below.
How did Giants in the Trees come about? It was after a meeting at the Skamokawa Grange Hall. A call went out for musicians and we were the only four who showed up.
What happened the first time you met? I busted out a bass riff that I made up on the spot, everybody picked up on it, one thing led to another and we wrote “Sasquatch.” It just felt natural and right.
Being a rich and famous rock star: Fun? Overrated? Fun! I’m not in debt, I pay my taxes, I indulge in some things but am frugal in other things. I just live my life with my wife.
How would you describe your relationship to money? Money has been very good to me and I’ve never taken on any debt. I’ve always squirreled money away for a rainy day and lived within my means, which has allowed me to do things like buy a general aviation airplane.
At the time, what did signing with Sub Pop mean to you?
It was as if we were legit.
Any other memories of Sub Pop — the label or the people? It was the center of the music universe for us. We would come up to Seattle and visit. This always meant also buying pirozhki across the street at Kaleenka Russian restaurant. It is now Le Pichet.
Were you surprised when Nirvana hit? I don’t know if I was surprised. For me, it just kind of happened. It was like getting on a roller coaster. [The album] Nevermind came out in September 1991 and we started to explode. By 1992, we were huge and doing world tours. There was all this pressure plus personal things going on and then it all ended [with Kurt Cobain’s death] in April 1994. So much happened in a compressed amount of time.
How do you deal with grief? Grief is amazing. It can knock your socks off but in the midst of it, you can also feel a lot of beauty and love. I remember feeling really bad and seeing a dragonfly fly by and just being really impressed by that. Grief is a part of life.
You’re stuck on a desert island and can have one book, one record and one food. If I was stuck on a desert island the book would be a manual on how to build a boat so I could get off the desert island. The record would probably be Nevermind by Nirvana because it’s been so good to me. And the food would be a bean burrito with cheese, sour cream and lettuce.
What four guests would make for the perfect dinner party? [Former Nirvana members] Dave Grohl and Pat Smear, so we could catch up. I’d invite Kurt Cobain, because it would be good to see him again. And Darbury, my wife.
Read the entire interview at this location.