Q: What was your goal when you started?
A: What was my goal when I started playing music? To meet girls. No, I wasn’t very good at sports. (laughing) When you grow up in Purcell and you’re not very good at sports, there’s only so many options, I guess.
I pretty much just dedicated myself to it. I’m not really driven by grand visions of being rich and famous. I just want to write a good song. I want to move people. I think that is the driving factor for anybody who’s really in it is just to move people or make people really think.
Q: Why do you think that element of music is important? Or is it important?
A: When you grow up in church — and especially around a lot of music — it’s a spiritual thing. I’m not particularly spiritual, I’m pretty much a skeptic, and I’m not really religious but that’s the one thing that feels very real to me.
I don’t cry very often but within the past year the few times that I have cried have been because of music. So it’s like maybe I can do that to someone else. I think there’s a Kurt Vonnegut quote and he said something like music is the only proof of existence of a god I’ve ever found. And Kurt Vonnegut is a big skeptic and he’s grumpy but even he found in the music — if there is a god, that’s where he is, he’s somewhere in that. I feel the same way about it.
Q: Does performing make you nervous? How do you feel about performing?
A: The performing is fine. I don’t like waiting for the gig to start, like I get anxious but not nervous. I’ve got to have something to do in that period between setting up and playing.