"I hope that the art of songwriting comes back. Right now it’s all about production. A lot of bands today are made up of producers that know how to manipulate sound, but can’t write a song to save their life. Side-chain compression takes precedence over interesting harmony. I don’t care if you have a beautiful reverb sound that you achieved by revamping your voice in a silo, or you made a wonky beat in Ableton using samples of your friend taking a dump. If there isn’t a song in there that takes chances melodically, harmonically, or structurally, then I can’t even hear it."
“So he retired to the jealous privacy of his bedroom penning songs, picturing himself as Burt Bacharach, Jimmy Webb and Paul McCartney rolled into one. The very thought that secret preservation would protect the ‘strength’ of his songs led to the self-satisfying refuge in being unknown. ”