I'm fortunate I have this coterie of musicians around me to help take music to next level. Being surrounded by so much creative energy, so many creative people really feeds that creativity in me.
I certainly wouldn't say that my life is a disaster, but there have been moments where I've felt like that.
I think my Buddhist practice has a profound influence on my life and encompasses my creative projects.
I wouldn't say that I've had a tough life by any stretch of the imagination.
My second record was all about big ideas - I was trying to make big statements about the culture, about life. I think in a certain way, I was a 27 year old kid with a guitar.
I got a publishing deal with BMG, they were supportive, and some money to record demos.
I mean, at the end of the day when I'm making a record, what I want to do is what I do.
Lately I've been a workaholic. I'm in the studio all the time and I've helped to produce a couple of artists.
I'd have these weird experiences where I'd just be walking down the street with this chord progression in my head, this happened more than a few times, and I'd walk home and find a fax in my machine and it would match the music in my head.
The experiences of promoting my first album were really something; there is so much illusion in my environment (touring and pop music) that I wanted to clear away.
I started playing music at a pretty young age.
So I started chanting when I was nineteen, which was about twelve years ago, and it really had a huge impact on my outlook, happiness, and general creativity.
But I can't really say there is too much modern music that I'm blown away by at this moment.
Happy music doesn't tend to move me much.
I actually am always a music first person.