I grew up with British rock.
One day I’ll wake up and I’ll have 10 or 12 songs and think, ‘Oh that sounds like it could be a record.’
I always knew I’d be in music in some sort of capacity. I didn’t know if I’d be successful at it, but I knew I’d be doing something in it. Maybe get a job in a record store. Maybe even play in a band. I never got into this to be a star.
To be a celebrity, I couldn’t think of anything more cringe-worthy.
I never took a grant or borrowed a penny from anybody. It was partially because I didn’t really know how to do that, but secondly, my pride never would have allowed me to. In the beginning it was about doing it the right way, on the merits of the music.
I remember being in Hollywood at the age of 16 and marveling at the stars. The idea of being part of it never entered my mind. It was too far-fetched.
I feel quite sad for the young musicians coming up because they may never get to pay their rent properly. It doesn’t matter what the genre; nowadays, it’s so much harder than it ever was.
A songwriter writes songs all the time, whereas just writing a song can be done by anyone, anytime.
I think all my videos suck.
I do 100 shows a year, but I do it in fits and starts, as opposed to going on a long run.
Focus on your music and not technology.
I watch everybody every night, from sitting down to being on their feet at the end, and I feel a sense of reinvention, of caring, presenting these songs in their purest form.
I always just wanted to be the singer or the bass player in the band. I’d love to have a band, where I was obviously the singer, but where it wasn’t me, it wasn’t my name.
I like to be able to present myself in two or three different ways because I’ve never really wanted to rest on my laurels and be something that people expected.
I don’t like long tours. I find it much easier to go out for a short spurt every month.