Shoot, there’s a committee to tell you everything at a record label. You definitely have to know who you are if you want to look like you at the end of the process. We’ve all seen people get record contracts, and by the time they’re spit out by the machine, we don’t even recognize them.
Life ain’t always beautiful, but it’s a beautiful ride.
Anytime something starts to feel like a popularity contest or not about the music, I’d rather just not be involved. I’m not a big high-fiver. That really gets to people around me when we have a No. 1 or something big happen. I’m not a big, ‘Let’s go have a party about it!’
You can be the moon and still be jealous of the stars.
I think the real problem is that nobody buys albums anymore, so you don’t get the depth of the artists that are out today. What you get is whatever they felt is politically correct to get on there and actually make some impact. I think that’s where you’re losing your depth. You’re only getting the...
It’s always performing for me. I write and I record so I can perform. It all ties to that. I’ve done it since I was a little kid. That’s my absolute rush, is playing for different people every night, bringing something else to the table they’ve never seen.
If you’re truly in a band and you guys have been together for a long time, there’s a family bond that you have. In fact, I’ve talked about this with therapists, especially if you’re talking about a relationship, because when you’re with somebody, you’re going to your family, and she’s alone.
When you take other people’s opinions, you end up flailing and you have no center.
I try never to focus on the radio, just find great songs, find emotion and just write the best songs you can. I think when you get fixated on trying to do something too accurate, it becomes more washed out and less what you intended it to be. So I think each time the challenge...
I think you need to do something new to keep reinventing yourself.
No matter who you meet in life, you take something from them, positive or negative.