I always hate explaining away songs, because for me they mean something, and for other people, they'll mean something absolutely different.
When I write love songs, people think they're really soppy - but I see love as a consolation for the boredom of life.
I do a cover of a Velvet Underground song, and they were one of the most important bands, for me.
God knows why - no pun intended - but every time I write a song, I feel a need to touch on religion.
Once I'd chosen the songs, it seemed like it would just be a question then of recording them. But it's a case of trying to re-invent the songs; taking them in different directions.
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.
I didn't write songs for a very long time.
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 tend to like songs that are very emotional, that strike a chord with me emotionally.
As part of Depeche Mode, I don't think it's right for me to be using my own songs for a solo project. I'm not a very prolific songwriter, so I keep those for Depeche Mode.
It creates a conflict of interest - what songs would I use for me, and what would I use for the band.
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.
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.
People are People still gets played to death on '80s stations. It was our first big break in America. It's not exactly my favorite song.
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