OH GOD WHAT HAVE I BECOME
Just yelled the words, "YOU MADE ME LOSE 35% BECAUSE OF YOUR MANAGER'S INCOMPETENCE" to an asshole on the phone who, yes, made me lose 35% because of his manager's incompetence.
I am one Affliction shirt away from being the biggest dickbag in the world right now.
Rent's gotta get paid, you know.
I'm not my work, nor am I the hippie leftist artistic liberal who writes music. I don't get it when people say, "I am [my job]." That's a pretty boring way to describe yourself unless your occupation is Sr. Executive of Everything Awesome in the World. You're a lot more than that and you don't realize it.
You're not the school you went to, you're not your favorite football team, you're not your city, you're not your favorite band, nor are you your band. You're just a dude, like everyone else. Stop being so fucking boring about who you are.
People are retarded. Swear to god.
Thom Yorke's Atoms for Peace is really excellent stuff. Seeing them live a few months ago was pretty inspiring on a songwriting level.
Most of their songs are based off of these geometric/fucked-up bass-line grooves in completely different keys than their rhythm guitar counterparts. It's a hot mess of sound. That's right. I said "hot mess" in describing Thom Yorke's work. Anyway, they need to release this stuff. It's the kind of kick in the ass we need right now. I'm all about Katy Perry's "California Gurls," but this year has yet to offer something truly groundbreaking. I'M STILL WAITING.
My band has studio time.
I feel like I'm a pro basketball player in a dramatic Gatorade commercial, standing at the opening of the arena's court-entrance tunnel right before the biggest game of my career. This is it, classic make-or-break, the whole enchilada, the big moment. The only difference is that there is no win or lose. It's either my vision's fulfilled or unfulfilled. CUE THAT SONG OR WHATEVER.
Don't force pop. Your pop has to be real, from imagination, not determination or ambition.
Actually, Quincy Jones said it best:
"If you don't know music, you work for the ProTools. If you know music, ProTools works for you." -Quincy Jones