Which advice would you give to someone who wants to learn to write their own songs?
Don’t worry so much about learning. Try different shit out and see what works. What’s more important than any technical skill is self awareness and taste. you should be able to know when a song is good or bad, and you should be able to recognize the flaws in your work without hating on yourself personally.
play as many instruments as you can. i may get flack for saying this but at least when it comes to being a songwriter, being just “okay” at a bunch of instruments is more important than being a god at just one. write something everyday even if it’s something dumb you’ll never show anyone. don’t quit when shit gets hard or when no one cares about your art.
This is a new garden over old flowers,and old makes old jokes take on the feel of the lore.And new lips cradled sense of humor, so don’t waste wishes on him.Wish that one day they’d figure out how to shrink starsand I could keep one in my bedroom.And wish that me and her could grow old together.And wish that in my next life I come back as a tiger.These are fun wishes. In about seven minutes you can start. ‘Til then, you’ll just listen to the radio from seat’s edge.As if then it’s the look on your face.As if, as if then you’ll matter, and then I can’t wait.
Why do you feel Holo Pleasures has exceeded the popularity of your other releases? Like stylistically the direction of the songs or are there other like promotion/marketing/some other factors at hand? It seems that you don't always view HP in such a kind light for some reason.
Well there wasn’t really any promotion for that record. I understand that it’s popular because I engineered it to be popular. I set out to record my version of “trendy” music and I think i succeeded.
I have a love/hate relationship with the record only because records that I was a lot more honest on weren’t as successful but that’s silly to do because all of my records have been successful in some way and I should be more grateful and I am working on that.
That said “thinning out” is a very real love song about how much i missed my friend Justin when he moved to costa rica. ”teeth” is a very real attempt to understand the way addiction has hurt my relationships with others. ”okay” “pepsi/coke suicide” “weird honey” and “inside you” are to me honest attempts to confront sexuality and understand it better and realize what it means be in a relationship with another person.
What bothers me I guess is how misinterpreted the album is as being “sad” or about depression when the record is more about relationships and actually presents a pretty positive message of how things can work out if you are honest with yourself and those around you.