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You have to keep the recording process open. If you make too many decisions before you go in, you can lose out on those serendipitous…
When I started The Shins, it really was just me, alone, but it was still The Shins. I was totally recording stuff and writing songs…
We played a festival in Ireland once, and in the middle of ‘New Slang,’ the Scissor Sisters kicked in across the field on this mega…
There is pressure that comes with everything being a big deal. I remember thinking, ‘I need to survive the Shins. I don’t know what I’m…
The way I was brought up, there was a little bit of prodding to do something more practical, and I wasted a lot of time…
The Shins is, in a way, a recording project that turned into a live band. So I don’t really keep myself beholden to any rules…
The real challenge of writing songs isn’t just writing a bunch of parts – like a verse, chorus, verse – but making something that flows…
The love you have for your kids is so overwhelmingly powerful that it alters your perspective. The dark things going on in the world become…
So happy that Broken Bells is a thing in my life and really cool in so many ways. Not only, like, as something to sell…
Lyrically, I think I’m frustrated with this whole process of trying to figure out what I believe about the world and life. I don’t like…
I think perfect dates involve walking a lot, and not a bunch of driving around in cars. Ideally, you can walk together and go to…
I remember being in high school, and you had to draw those lines and define yourself. I don’t think when I was in high school…
I don’t like the idea of a singer-songwriter record. I don’t picture myself that way, and it’s not my favorite sort of look, I guess.…
I most enjoy sitting down with the acoustic guitar and just fiddling around and trying to come up with something like a hook or some…
For the longest time, I didn’t even want to admit I was serious about music. Before the Shins, I would tell myself, ‘Oh, I’m going…
Collaboration is something I missed at one point in The Shins. I really wanted to have that experience again, you know, not having everything rely…
For some reason, it seems like pop writers, it’s like they just get worse or something over time. And then you’re really jealous of movie…
There’s not a lot of thinking that I need to do away from the studio on Broken Bells stuff.
Until having kids, I had never really thought about mortality so much.
The part of modern pop music I don’t know much about is hip hop.
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