On Being a Songwriter:
I take pleasure from dwelling in my experiences. Things happen in life that I either experience or observe and I want to dwell in the moment longer than real life allows me to. Sometimes to try to understand the moment better or get myself more confused—whichever, but I love the lightness and darkness of life and writing music helps me commune better with it.
On Personal History and the Physicality of Playing:
I’ve practiced hard. I would play my guitar every day. Not out of diligence, but submitting to my desire to play. I would listen to songs and break them down to myself in order to write them. I would ask other musicians I respected for their advice and how they went about writing. I keep words and phrases that move me in my head. Everything I have learned comes out in my playing. I still finger pick the same way I first learned from a friend, with my pinky grounded on my guitar. A lot of different people have influenced the way I play and write music.