Anything that I write comes from the soul.
When I write love songs, people think they're really soppy - but I see love as a consolation for the boredom of life.
I don't write poems and put them to music. Just let things flow.
I don't know if it's cool to say this anymore, but I grew up listening to Gary Glitter. A majority of his songs were in that shuffle-blues beat, and I think that's probably why I tend to write like that.
When I write a song, I always start on acoustic guitar, because that's a good test of a song, when it's really open and bare. You can often mislead yourself if you start with computers and samples and programming because you can disguise a bad song.
Songwriting is a mysterious art. When I sit down to write a song, the end result should be mysterious and have this dark quality.
I don't think I ever worry too much about what our target audience is, what we should be releasing. I just write naturally and organically and try to write from the heart.
When you first sit down to write the first song, until you've maybe got three or four under your belt, it's always, to me, like a mountain to climb. You look at that one blank piece of paper and you think, `God, how many songs do I have to write here?' It always feels like pressure.
God knows why - no pun intended - but every time I write a song, I feel a need to touch on religion.
I didn't write songs for a very long time.
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