A: For every song that I release, 10 others get thrown into the trash and 10 more are put into a drawer of unfinished pieces to be revisited. Everything has its own pace.
Q: You appear much happier onstage now, or at least less tortured. Have you come to terms with being a public figure?
A: Being a public figure was not what bothered me in the past. It was not being myself that bothered me.
Q: You mentioned that you had to take some time off to clean your mind. What did that involve?
A: Initially, it involved sitting with uncomfortable questions and watching thoughts that were judgmental, or destructive. Much like learning how to brush my teeth, I’ve been learning how to remove the unhelpful notions that get stuck and cause decay. As a kid, I accepted a lot of what I was told. When I looked at what was going on in my head, I noticed that none of the destructive stuff was mine. It was all borrowed beliefs. So I’ve been cleaning those out. I’ve still got a lot of knots to untie. It’s become a daily thing, much like eating, sleeping and showering.