I've given up trying to understand what people think about me. It seems like a lot of people don't like the music we make and don't know me, or something.
I try to keep the idea that there's an audience in as little space in my mind as possible, but you can't erase it entirely, the idea that when you're sitting down to write a song, people are going to hear it.
Art is essentially communication. It doesn't exist in a vacuum. That's why people make art, so other people can relate to it.
In many ways Bright Eyes is really a studio project. We form bands to tour, but it really is - you know, we take the songs and we figure out how to decorate them and it's all in the studio; we build the songs that way.