I actually think sadness and darkness can be very beautiful and healing.
So, once I've written a song, you know, I'm pretty happy with what the song is on its own terms.
But I can't really say there is too much modern music that I'm blown away by at this moment.
My first two records were more energetic; Phantom Moon is subtle, quiet; so these various reactions are just something I expected.
It's inevitable your environment will influence what you do.
The experiences of promoting my first album were really something; there is so much illusion in my environment (touring and pop music) that I wanted to clear away.
Simon Hale, the British arranger, does all string and wood arrangements on my records.
I certainly wouldn't say that my life is a disaster, but there have been moments where I've felt like that.
I think in a way I was probably completely naive about what it takes to make something become a hit.
So I started chanting when I was nineteen, which was about twelve years ago, and it really had a huge impact on my outlook, happiness, and general creativity.
I wouldn't say that I've had a tough life by any stretch of the imagination.
I got a publishing deal with BMG, they were supportive, and some money to record demos.
A real foolproof way to do it is play your stuff by hook or by crook and build up a grass roots following.
And frankly, when I made that record, hit songs were not what I was trying to achieve.
For my second record I had gotten ProTools (program) and started to familiar myself with hard disc recording.
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