I have been a provoker and I'll probably always be one in the public arena for the rest of my life.
It's like soul music, isn't it all soul music? Otherwise what is it, non-soul music? I-have-no-soul music? Soulless music? People need to put a name on something to identify it, and I understand it.
The pleasure of other people is a byproduct of the pleasure that comes from yourself so I cannot judge or look down on someone who does whatever they feel like doing.
The ability to play with different people is infinitely fascinating to me.
I think you can find yourself in life perhaps not really being the master of your own life and it is within your own will and tenacity whether you switch the roles or not.
If tears were liquor/ I'd have drunk myself sick,
When you get a chance to play with people - informally is one thing, but when you hook up and make something that's going to last or mean something to someone, I take it very seriously.
I'm a very private person. What I did in the past or what somebody heard me do or has a bootleg of me doing...well, if you have a bootleg, then I did it.
I never knew Kurt to be suicidal. I just knew that he was going through a really tough time.
I really love that type of music where someone can take a guitar or light instrumentation and a beautiful voice and can send me somewhere.
Anything lower than mid-six figures is not going to get me interested in that. And honestly, I just don't want to.
You make music to move people and you don't get to pick who you move. You just don't. It's exclusionary and elitist and I just never felt that way about music, of all things. The great unifier.
I've never presented myself as anything less than a flawed person.
I think a myth is created from truth.
I think when you're young and you get together with a group of guys who think like you and you start to make something that moves you as a group of people and you have a common goal, that's an exciting time.
There's just so little mystery left in music or film. It was all that was magical to me as a child.
Basically I'm always singing about the same stuff whether it's in a loud or quiet outfit.
You run the risk of falling on your face, but, again, music is an individual pursuit - it is made to please yourself first.
You're charging money to have people come watch you play; I want them to feel taken someplace good or provoked into thinking my way for an hour and a half or two hours.
The more years you put behind you, hopefully making music that surpasses what you did before, you're playing bigger places and it kind of weirdly becomes a business.
I've always been a fan of album covers with no writing on them and have used them a lot in my own groups.
The absence of a bass player always makes things go faster and hit harder in the high-end range.
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