icierthanicy asked: is that u in ur tumblr profile pic or a famous person
It’s me, but who does it remind you of? :)
So the last few months I’ve been trying to tackle my complex and conflicting thoughts about social media, personal entitlement and engagement with fans. We’re in an incredible place as a band where people are so invested in what we do and by association - who we are. That’s a weird thing, I mean if you have a great meal you typically wouldn’t follow the chef on twitter, or try take photos with him, or ask for his autograph. Occasionally you might ask the server to pass on your compliments, but you walk away happy you’ve had a great meal and you’re more likely to come back again. And that’s that.
So what makes music different? It could be said that the personal experience we as musicians inject into our songs creates a connection - if they aren’t an emotional and tangible representations of our personal selves they are often hollow and soulless. But I know chefs who would consider their efforts to be in the same vein of inspiration.
So keeping in mind the chef analogy - what if you never had that interaction with us, aside from the ‘product’ we produce? What is it that makes us want ‘more’ than just to go to a rock show, enjoy the experience for everything it is, buy a CD of those songs to take home, and go away enriched by the experience?
But I do want to preserve the ‘live experience’ because I feel that is the truest representation of myself and our band - and sometimes I do just want to enjoy the chance to sit in the bus by myself or with a few friends and feel like we’ve just played a great show with no feeling of guilt or obligation toward ‘being out there’.
If you see me at a show, come say hi! Ask me a question. Be real - don’t freak out because I’m ‘somebody’. And don’t be embarrassed or guilty if you have done that, I deal with it all the time and I don’t mind. I just don’t want to be seen as anything different than simply being me, with my own personality, my own privacy, my own desires and my own place in the world.
Count yourself lucky when your favourite artist comes to your town and have a blast at the show - everything else is a bonus you shouldn’t take for granted. :)