I have a hard time repeating myself.
I was never in the business of trying to put my name out there - I was really focused on music and records and being in the studio.
I realized I liked being in the studio and working on translating the ideas into recordings.
Im still an idealist. My manager is always trying to talk me out of it, but thats just the way I am.
If the chemistry between me and the artist is good, then that's half the battle.
I try not to become friends with musicians, but life happens and dinner happens and going out happens - it becomes interwoven in L.A.
I like to find an artist who inspires me and get into their world and challenge them.
It's been said to me that I'm self-destructive because I'll walk away from things that are good.
The best bands kept making records and had this evolution, where by the end, by their commercial phase or sellout phase, the records are from outer space.
It was very punk rock for me to take a stab at working with Justin Bieber. I don't know how people portray that, or 'Climax,' for that matter. But for me, it was the most adventurous thing I could have done at that exact moment.
I was a snot-nosed teenage skater at one point, who listened to only punk records and hung around people that had that idea of what is okay to do and what isn't okay to do.
The goal is to make something that sounds new and different.
Hip-hop has never had boundaries - the more adventurous it is, the more popular it seems to be.
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