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" After my grunge phase, I started opening my horizons and listening to more electronic stuff. I got into Radiohead, specifically 'Amnesiac' - my brother gave me that album. "
" Even if people say you look cool and you did well, it's extremely cringey to watch yourself rocking out. It's like listening to your own voice on an answering machine times a hundred, because you're hearing your voice through a microphone outside of a PA at a hundred decibels. "
" For me, it's always been draining to be around people for too long because I'm naturally a pretty expressionless person. From an early age, I found being alone incredibly liberating. "
" Grunge gave me a sense of identity, and I remember really associating with 'Silverchair,' who were these chilled-out Australian teenagers. The fact that they were teenagers was a big deal for me. It was like, 'Oh, man, you don't have to be a 30-year-old to do this.' "
" I always manage to keep myself busy. "
" I don't think I've ever listened to 'Sgt. Pepper's' the whole way through. "
" If someone says, 'Hey man, I love your album, it really got me through a breakup, but I downloaded it for free,' I'll be like, 'Good! That's good!' Maybe he didn't have the money for the album, but if he still listened to it, and it's an important part of his life, that's all I can ask for. I don't want his twenty bucks. "
" I guess I'm not saying that I think music should be free, but I do think that if people can get it for free, there's nothing anyone can do to stop them. It's kind of a waste of energy to try and force them to pay for it if they don't have to. "
" In high school, I was an absolute derelict. "
" I think after a long tour and after an album, your brain feels like it wants to relax, but at the same time, making music for me is something that comes kind of naturally. Just like a brain process. "
" It's a lot harder to reach people's hearts than it is to reach people's brains. "
" I used to download music illegally. Everyone has. No one is innocent. Everyone has done that. "
" I used to hate iPhones. Before I got an iPhone, I used to be like, 'What are you doing, sitting there on your phone. Join the real world, man.' I categorically disliked iPhones. When my friends got an iPhone, I was like, 'Oh, we lost him.' "
" I've always argued that all Tame Impala melodies are pure pop. It's just that 'Lonerism,' for example, is a completely rumbling, fuzzed out psychedelic rock album. But for me, it was just pop music produced the way that I like to produce it. "
" I wanted to make something that, from the sound of it, could be down at the club. I just realised that I'd never heard Tame Impala played somewhere with a dance floor or where people were dancing. "
" I was always putting songs on the Internet, but I was never into pushing them on anyone. "
" Listening to my dad playing guitar along to 'Sleepwalk' by the Shadows was probably the first time I discovered emotion in music. "
" 'Lonerism' is such an insular, detached album. "
" My mum was quite poor, and my dad was rich. She didn't dig that, so she left him. "
" Nothing matches the sheer euphoria of discovering a new melody or a new batch of chords that just come out of nowhere. "
" Obviously, artists need to make money and stuff like that, but if you do something good or if you make good art or make good stuff, the wealth will find you in some way. "
" One of my mottos for 'Currents' was 'Give the song what it deserves.' How would this song flourish? If the song could tell me what it wants, what can I give it? I tried not to dictate it with any sensible or logical decisions. "
" That's how a lot of Tame Impala songs start out - as ideas for songs I could potentially give to someone else. I think of them with a different persona in mind; it's just a subconscious way of not being bound by what you think you are as an artist. "
" The first time someone asked us for an autograph was the moment we realized we were doing something that most people spend their teenage years dreaming about, for sure. "
" The inspiration to write a song comes to me when something has happened to me more than once. If it's happened to me more than once, it's probably happened to other people. "
" What do you call that when you add '-ism' on the end of a word? What is that process? 'Wordism'? Something like that, yeah. "
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