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" Amidst all the internal and external babble we experience daily, it's hard to find one's foundation. "
" 'Maxim's' was supposed to be on 'Ekstasis,' but it was very much in its own world. "
" I prefer to work with mystery, but that doesn't work well in an academic environment. They want you to analyze what you're doing, which is toxic to the creative process for people like me. "
" When I was a kid, I had a xylophone, and I thought that was the instrument I wanted to play. I didn't realize it was a toy. "
" Green tea is my main source of caffeine, so I drink it every day. "
" I see myself as a songwriter and a poet. "
" Most records are usually not united by one specific story, but that seems to be something that I like and that I find easy to do. "
" If I feel like I'm myself, then I'm very uncomfortable. "
" When you make music on your own for so long, you get used to just doing whatever you want. "
" One thing I've learned is I really want to work with people. "
" When I'm depressed is when I'm not interested in writing anything, whereas some people, I think, are spurred to creativity through their personal experiences and through depression. And for me, it's a very low place, and it's not fruitful. "
" I'm not an unhappy person - I'm just an anxious person. It runs in the family. "
" I am very interested in the human voice and how we use it, especially when we aren't thinking, like the kind of stuff Robert Ashley was interested in. "
" A lot of my personal life feels very separate from my music. "
" I think what's interesting in L.A. is that there's a lot of variety because L.A. is very spread out. I think there is a lot I don't know about, to be completely honest. It's a very mysterious town. "
" I did study with Anne Carson briefly in Michigan. She taught there, and that's where I first encountered her, in her class. "
" The Beatles, even Radiohead, all of my favorite stuff I'd play on the piano. But it was all very secret - for me, for fun. I wasn't going to record myself playing those songs, and it never occurred to me to write a song of my own. "
" I'm inspired by nonmusical things a lot, whether it's a film or a book or whatever. "
" I started playing piano when I was eight, and I went on to study piano in school, so I have a background in classical piano and studied composition in school. Writing music came later. "
" In high school, I would secretly play Joni Mitchell songs all the time. That's when I started singing and playing at the same time, and I got really into doing that. "
" I do have a big problem with the idea of music as a form of communication unless it's political - and that's where it's tricky because a lot of music is political, even if it's not overtly so. But my music isn't that; it's about a feeling. "
" 'Betsy' is one of my favorites because it is the one to which I've imposed the least clear narrative. To me, it's so much more about the feeling - desperation - than any kind of story at all. There's very little imagery or character development; it's just about a deep and desperate search for something. "
" David Bowie - I definitely knew some of his music as a teenager, but I didn't actually listen to his music as much until I was in my 20s. "
" I don't often meet with strangers and feel okay about collaborating with them. "
" I basically just write stream of consciousness to a certain extent. I let the song kind of go where it wants to go. "
" I've never felt at home anywhere. "
" All I ever know is what I want to do next. "
" There's definitely been a focus on the literary aspects of my music, and I always get a little cringey because I don't feel like I'm particularly literary. There's a sort of academic label that's put on me that seems inaccurate. "
" It's nice to work with people who know how to mic drums right and how to record properly. But there's something to be said for doing it yourself. "
" I like working with students a lot and watching some of the amazing stuff they put together. "
" I don't thrive in a school or academic environment, I found out. I thrive better in the world outside the small academy because I find it hard to explain what I'm doing. "