I try to be the fixer of situations and I gravitate to people who are institutional misfits.
I have my share of insecurities, hopes and fears.
Luxury and ostentation usually make me feel antsy, like I`m going to get a case of gout.
I like people who have a pulse and aren`t afraid to show it.
That`s what drew me to rock music in the first place - that sense of remaking the world on your own terms.
Sex is funny and love is serious.
A lot of people say I wouldn`t have a down day, but you look at the music and there`s real melancholy.
Books stay with me and have shaped me and made huge impacts on my life.
I find pleasure in things that are simple.
I don`t really believe in palm readers and crystal balls and tarot cards, but I respond to the need for them.
I`ve always identified with the misfits.
So I like that sound, but I am not interested in being retro.
It`s important to face down your demons.
You make kingdoms and castles on your own.
I carry groceries home on the tank of my motorcycle.
I mean, we keep getting these rock records where you don`t feel the effort. I want to feel an impact, even just for myself, you know?
I was not someone who participated in other people`s castles.
What we value about music and literature are the moments that they create in our minds when we encounter them.
It was a hard time for me to have a pure moment, to be present, to be here.
I`ve spent several years now with my head down.
I think if it`s not monumental, there`s no point.
Am I a rock star? Yeah, I guess.
My music is my way to rearrange the world according to my own hopes.
There`s usually a rhythm and a melody in my head, and that creates an emotional state.
I don`t think DIY is something that necessarily comes to mind when people hear Third Eye Blind, but that is completely how we`ve been from the beginning.
But when our first album came out, I didn`t think it was going to sell a lot of records.
When you`re just shagging girls, you can talk about it, but once it gets real, then you don`t.
My music is so often like a lullaby I write to myself to make sense of things I can`t tie together, or things I`ve lost, or things I`ll never have.
But I`m not worried about seeking out the approval of others - that high school thing of joining the club.