I personally hope everything goes well. I am very pleased with your solo work, but when I first heard of you—and found out you were the drummer of Fleet Foxes—I didn’t believe it. You are just all over the place!
It won’t blow up [my career], I’ll tell ya’ that. Your timing has to be… There is nothing sexy about a guy who’s put out seven albums, and no one's heard any of them. It’s bad for branding. You really need the entertainment industrial complex to latch on in a way that’s marketable; and I just don’t really fall into that category. And I don’t foresee falling into that category. That doesn't bother me; it’s just my lot in life.
Do you hope that? Or do you think maybe you are just being pessimistic?
I don’t think it's pessimism; I don’t think it's even realism. Because I don’t think blowing up versus not blowing up. I just don’t think one is more necessarily real than the other. You only have to embrace your experience for what it is, and not exist in parallel universes, quantum possibilities. So I embrace this experience for what it is.
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