...electronic music is just booming over here. I mean, how many states are there? Like 48? 52?
There are 50 states: The lower 48, and then Alaska and Hawaii.
Ahh, there we go.
"...even when I was a journalist, and I don’t mean to pat myself on the back too much, but I think I was one of the good guys who would report it as it was. I didn’t have a preconceived angle; I would develop my angle for a story after the interview was done. And that was a big learning curve at the beginning of this band, to learn that not necessarily everybody works like that."
"Music becomes very powerful. It reminds you that we are one world, that we are all the same, with red blood, and we just want to have a good time. Music is medicine for everyone, whether you are white or black or yellow. Music can unify people. You forget the place, the town, everything. And I love that power. I love that."
" For me, the awareness of that came from working with Rick Rubin, because he was involved with so many records in so many genres. His bag of tools is so deep that at any moment he might be pulling out something he used with Jonny Cash, or Tom Petty, or theDixie Chix, or Public Enemy, or Slayer. You never know where your head might go, and the more that you stay open to that kind of thinking, the more that you can craft something that has a three-dimensional sound."
"...me, personally, I’m not trying to be about that. In the past, I was in the streets. I was fucked up. It was negative. So that negativity was in my music. But now I’m just happy. I just wanna joke and have fun. Don’t get me wrong, though, I’m still telling my story. I’m still documenting what’s going on."