It's been said to me that I'm self-destructive because I'll walk away from things that are good.
I'm still an idealist. My manager is always trying to talk me out of it, but that's just the way I am.
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.
I try not to become friends with musicians, but life happens and dinner happens and going out happens - it becomes interwoven in L.A.
Hip-hop has never had boundaries - the more adventurous it is, the more popular it seems to be.
I have a hard time repeating myself.
I've always had this impression that notoriety came when you're trying to get notoriety.
I have the utmost respect for synthesizers - Soft Cell, early Depeche Mode. But that's become a cliche for the '80s.
I like to find an artist who inspires me and get into their world and challenge them.
I realized I liked being in the studio and working on translating the ideas into recordings.
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.
If the chemistry between me and the artist is good, then that's half the battle.
The goal is to make something that sounds new and different.
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.
I just think that with music, it's kind of like life, and so the people you work with, you generally develop a relationship. You don't have to try to explain things. You just know. It's like you're in the band together and striving for the same goal.
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