With every song that I write, I compare it to the Beatles. The thing is, they only got there before me. If I'd been born at the same time as John Lennon, I'd have been up there.
I know there's bands that might write something that sounds like The Smiths, and they'll go, 'Oh, it sounds like The Smiths, we've got to make it sound not like The Smiths.'
My first instinct when I write songs is not a negative one. It's something positive... Everything I've ever done has some form of hope in it, I think.
It took me to about maybe 16, 17 or 18 or something to realise I was absolutely useless at everything else except for playing guitar and writing words
My wife would say I'm not romantic at all, but I would say that I'm the ultimate romancer because I write about... life being brilliant.
Writing songs, that's what gets me going. Not the drugs or the sex or the rock'n'roll behaviour, it's the music.
I wasn't put on this earth to amass money or personal wealth. I was put on this earth to play guitar and write songs.
There's no new direction. It's not more poppy or more rocky. They're just rock'n'roll tunes. I'll never change the music I write.
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