Wayne Coyne on Steve Jobs: “He Really Seemed Like He Was One Of Us.”

Posted October 26

The O Music Awards recently announced that we will be featuring a musical tribute to Apple co-founder, chairman and chief executive officer Steve Jobs during our show on October 31. We caught up with the frontman of the band behind that tribute — Wayne Coyne of The Flaming Lips — for his thoughts on the much-lauded digital genius.

To celebrate the life of Jobs — who passed away on October 5 after suffering from pancreatic cancer — The Lips will perform The Beatles’ “Revolution.” Tune in to OMusicAwwards.com at 8:30pm PDT/11:30pm EST to watch it all go down.

In the meantime, check out our conversation with Coyne, an avid fan of the iPhone and a digital genius in his own right.

What are your thoughts on Steve Jobs and the way he’s contributed to the music world?

I would say before this time — and people may not remember a time when there weren’t iPods — but before this time, there were things that were made for music and there were things that were based in technology that in some ways were just very boring and were not very sexy and exciting. I think you could tell that Steve Jobs liked music. Everything that he made made it easier to hear music, made it more fun to hear music, made it easier to collect music, made it easier to interact with people with their music. And to me that made all the difference…. He really seemed like he was one of us. He liked music.

When the iPods first came out, we didn’t even believe in them. We loved having our cassette tapes and our compilation tapes and all that. The first time you held one you said, ‘Oh my God, all this music is right here.’ And a moment later you didn’t care about this other stuff. I don’t think it was meant to make everything else obsolete; I think it was another way to say, ‘Your music that you love is always with you now.’ And for that alone, he should forever be celebrated.

What’s is your favorite Apple device?

I’m the best testament to how simple Apple’s products are, because I don’t know how to run anything. But [my iPhone] has become such a fixture in my day — if I lost my iPhone, I would just stop the whole day. I get to text, I get to email, I get to talk, I get to listen to music, I get to Twitter. I’m alive through that. Because it’s so easy to use and it works so great.

Even the new one that’s come out, I need to get it because I take so many pictures and so many videos. All the stuff I do on Twitter is about pictures of my experiences and it’s so easy. All of [Apple's products] are great, but the one that’s greatest for me is the iPhone for sure.

By Brenna Ehrlich