I mean people have compared us to like the Grateful Dead and all these like psychedelic sixties bands.
People are trying to live freely outside of, or within a system that maybe for them on a day-to-day level isn't as free... I definitely think we're positively orientated.
When I go on stage man I just want people to have fun, I don't want people to think about their problems, I want people to get energy and nutrition and food from that so they can go back into the real world and work on their problems.
You're not there to spread any particular- if you're Bob Marley you're there to spread a message, but very few people can do that effectively without shoving opinions down someone's throat.
For me from a pretty young age up until about 21 years old hallucinogenics had a huge place in my life.
I don't know how you can go your whole life and not listen once to Bob Marley - what's the point?
I think that generally music should be a positive thing, I like Bob Marley's attitude: he said that his goal in life was to single handedly fight all the evil in the world with nothing but music, and when he went to a place he didn't go to play, he went to conquer.
I think that Phish has been a band, we've all had- I've had a great life growing up and everybody in my band's had a really good life, none of us have got anything to complain about at all.
Madonna is a pro. I don't like her and have no respect for her but- I don't think she should be called a musician or a dancer or whatever you know, but I do have, well I do have respect for her ability to completely manipulate the media and have them work for her.
But I do think that we approach music, in of itself, with a religious attitude.
I just wanted to say one more thing: I also think that when you go to play music, you're there to play music.
I think it's like music for the sake of music, and a lot of the words stem from liking music a lot, wanting to be a good band and having a good sense of humour, and living in a situation where we're free to pretty much do what we want.
The Grateful Dead were an influence on our music but they weren't by a long shot the biggest influence.
I think that you really don't have a choice, when you see that things are wrong the only choice you really have is to just do what you can to make it better.