“Because I’m human,” Fiona Apple quips when Marc Maron asks her to justify her infamous meltdown at Roseland Ballroom in 2000, where she memorably abandoned set and walked off stage. Her forthright retort instantly elucidates the central theme of the latest episode WTF with Marc Maron with the evocative songstress: pure, vulnerable humanity; and Fiona Apple is at the heart of it all.
Continuing his streak of magnificent interviews with noteworthy musicians, Maron sat down with Fiona Apple earlier this year for a wonderfully candid and personal conversation involving music, hummingbirds, colonics and her deep neurosis, which you can listen to right here.
During the course of the interview, Apple guides Maron through the darkest corners of her mind, revisiting subjects such as her childhood and her sudden rise to stardom, as well as more private matters such as her constant struggle with OCD and her eating disorders as a result of it. And where better to open up about such matters than the often-therapeutic WTF podcast?
“I didn’t like anybody,” Apple says of her childhood. “I didn’t like anything… [I felt] like I had so many important things to say and no one would listen to me.” This was why Apple began to write down what she was barred from saying, and what consequently drove her to grow into the complex and tantalizing artist we know today.
What makes Fiona Apple’s music so gripping is the distinct fragility that hides under her angst and affliction. Her music is her only form of therapy, a transitory escape from the painful reality of her torment, and somehow, doubtlessly owing to the immense talent of its bearer, it’s also enjoyable.
Maron’s conversation with Apple offers listeners a glimpse into the artist’s neurotic and claustrophobic mind, one that is filled with strange and sensitive fears and insecurities. Her vulnerability is a part of her beauty, and to see it verbalized and talked about in such an intimate setting is as much a privilege as it is engaging.