You’d have to be rich to make a full length music video. But I don’t have to be rich to make a full length music video. I have an Internet connection and I can do a gig.
How do you get money for making music?
You can make money with music. It’s almost as easy to get money for anything as anything else, at least in terms of getting it. It could be doing stock photos for somebody. There’s a lot of ways to make money without having to make money — as well as a lot of ways to make money without having to be rich. Or, at least I don’t.
In this age where we’re spending too much time on our phones, a lot of people don’t think about buying music.
I like having the Internet to see where stuff is going. The Internet is what got me started when I sold my first album in 2000. I bought a cassette player, then recorded it on my little digital tape recorder. The Internet allowed me to do stuff on my own. It didn’t matter what computer I put that tape on. I always wanted to make stuff live.
“I’d love to be able to sell records, but I don’t know if I can.”
How do you sell albums now?
It’s the hardest thing. I’d love to be able to sell records, but I don’t know if I can. It’s just such a different experience. I’ve done the touring thing already, just to see how it goes. But there’s nothing wrong with selling albums if you can get them made by doing it out of your own pocket. That’s what people really don’t like about touring.
That reminds me of The Band’s time at the Grammys, when they performed a lot while also playing shows.
Yeah, that was one of our favorite moments. There was no doubt that we would do a lot of performing, just because we were fans of performing. It was an opportunity, like the Grammys, to do a lot, and people liked it! [They said,] “We’ve had some time to think about this…”
What do your fans think of you as an artist?
I never really had a chance to get into a relationship. I’ve always been a pretty private person, as a young person. I’ve been very lucky. I had a really good friend of mine who helped bring us out on tour. He’s
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