Tell us about your creative process. How do you come up with new ideas? How do you turn the best ideas into hits? Has this creative process evolved over the years?
To me, it's a mixture of luck and patience. Luck in the sense that really if an idea is gonna come, then it's gonna come. You can sit back, relax and wait until it’s your turn to catch a melody. Patience in the sense that it takes a lot of practice to get to the point where you feel that you’ve learned enough over the years that when you get lucky and an idea comes, you have the tools to play with it… to fashion it into something that works.
You’ve mentioned that you tried out a lot of new ideas in your last album—like what? What made you want to “broaden your sound”? What was that experience like?
We didn’t do anything with any real purpose. We never have. To have a sense of purpose, you have to be quite focused and organized and I’m really not a focused or organized guy… quite the opposite. We just found ourselves being pulled in a particular direction. When I was writing the songs that made up the album, I was definitely hearing a particular sound that began to shape things in a really specific way. I think when people talk about “broadening their sound,” what they’re getting at is just a desire not to repeat themselves and i feel like that applies to us but more than that, I think my increasingly short attention span comes into play too.