I write these songs to move through some pain or work out some issues. And if I’m successful in my art and my expression, I shouldn’t feel the same way I did when I wrote those songs anymore, and there should be a logical progression. But if, as an artist, I can express myself in some way that ends up helping someone else get through some hard times, I guess that’s great for everybody—it helps other people.
The problem with the music industry in general is that artists get into it because they have a desire to be desired and they have a desire to scream their heads off for whatever issue happened to them in the past. They weren’t armed with the proper tools to move through any trauma or childhood divorce or they lost their parents. Y’know, what they end up doing is screaming their heads off and at some point they get popular. And now they’re part of an industry that is run by people who are uneducated emotional people.
In a way it’s kind of a dead end. In this society, we expect those artists to continue screaming to the end of their days. If you don’t eventually feel better, then I’m not sure how effective your screaming was and how your screaming is going to help somebody else. So I should work out of those issues and move on to other challenges … I don’t necessarily want to scream my whole life. If the songs don’t help me, how are they going to help you?