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" A lot of the early Washed Out material was done on a couple of synthesizers that did most of the work, but that's the great thing about synths - you can recreate sounds or make an entire record with just one piece of gear. "
" A lot of the things I was doing on the first couple Washed Out releases was very naive. "
" Any musician - I would say 99% of musicians - needs some help along the way. Most people, even if they're self-produced, have someone else mix it, or they'll have someone else master the record. Inevitably, it's like somebody else's personality being put into your art. "
" Being outside is a loose theme on 'Paracosm.' Acoustic-sounding instruments have that warmth to them that is really important to communicate. It was really important for me to tell a story - my favorite records have a narrative feel. "
" Escapism or nostalgia, for me, is not about having a terrible life and trying to get away via imaginary ideas or something. "
" For me personally, I'm always writing from what's happening in my emotional life. Even without thinking about it a lot of the time, it comes out in the songs that I'm writing. "
" For some, being involved in a scene is a great thing because the social element can drive creativity. For me, though, it's never really been like that. It's the opposite. I've always had this instinct to escape. "
" For the longest time, I was trying to be DJ Shadow, I think. But I slowly developed my own style. It was trial and error, for sure. "
" For the most part, the real work is done in the songwriting stage and recording; the next step is presenting to people. "
" Honestly, I've just made music so long by myself, in some ways I don't feel I'm a very good collaborator. "
" I come from a background of hiding everything behind a computer. "
" I definitely enjoy my time by myself - and that's kind of the weird thing about touring; you're kind of constantly surrounded by people - but I actually do enjoy going out and doing things and being around people. "
" I definitely enjoy the kind of magic that happens being on stage with a group when everything's working. The vibe when that's happening gets even better if the audience is involved and you can feel that interaction. That's something you don't get with your headphones on in a studio; it's much different. "
" I didn't realise how much I ate Mexican food, like tacos and burritos three times a week, until I came to Europe and couldn't find any. "
" I do have the personnel that we use in the back of my head when I'm working, but I also don't want to limit myself. "
" I don't really write all that well with others. "
" I don't think it's an exciting thing to move back in with your parents. "
" I don't think I would change anything. I think we've done a fairly good job of remaining sane and making the right decisions. "
" I do try to structure everything in a way that's very much like a pop song. I try to keep the arrangements really simple, just to make everything essential. "
" If a band or artist isn't tweeting or writing posts on Facebook every day, there can be this kind of mystique built about them, and I find myself retreating from the spotlight more and more. "
" I felt like I was building this world brick by brick with each layer of instrumentation I was doing. I could see it growing in some ways. I feel like most writers feel the same way. You're almost living inside of this magic world that you're building. "
" I get very bored easily. I'm a child of the Internet or whatever; I want more and more of new and interesting things. "
" I have a little basement studio set up here at my house, and I do probably 80 percent of the recording here on my own. With multi-tracking technology, I can play various parts on top of one another. "
" I have a small studio set up in my house in Athens. I'll wake up, have a nice breakfast, and I won't surface until dinnertime. I'm very domesticated in that way. "
" I just have the normal ringtone, unfortunately. "
" I just make up lyrics off the top of my head. A lot of times, there's a phrase I really like, and I kind of build the song around that. "
" I know of some guitar-based rock bands that refuse to record anything that they can't play live. But some of the best stuff I come up with are studio-based performances - bringing out whatever accident I had in the studio and building a song around that. "
" I like an even-keeled, slow-paced job. "
" I listen to a lot of different kinds of music, and I feel like I can pull ideas from practically anything. You name it - I'll probably like it. "
" I lived in a neighborhood where there weren't many kids. I had a couple sisters, but I was very much a loner. Whatever film I had seen that day or that week, I would completely find myself in that world. "
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