I’m really happy about American Woman, it brought the Guess Who back. They started gigging again and got their song out on commercials.
The image that the public gets is whatever they perceive it to be. Everybody has an opinion, everybody has their own vision, so I don’t know what my public image is. I have no idea.
I wasn’t the kind of person that liked waiting for autographs or following them, I just liked to go to the shows, study their records, driving many, many hours to different states to go to concerts.
Things that would shock us years ago are like nothing now.
We’ve always just gotten up there and played. We don’t have any dancers, we don’t have all that stuff going on, we just get up there and play.
Tape machines are effects boxes as well because each tape machine has its own sound. You can over-load a tape machine or you can bump it a certain way so it compresses or makes a sound, tape saturation.
I’m half Jewish, I’m half black, I look in-between. I dress funny. I play all these different styles of music on one record. It’s like, What is he doing?
If you heard my records and no one told you, I don’t think you’d know whether it’s a band or one guy.
I honestly don’t remember how I wrote or did the songs. Or the sessions. They all become very much a blur. And each album is like that. It may be that there are different locations, it may take longer, shorter, or whatever, but it’s always something that just happened.
The story that I wanna tell is pretty much about the way I grew up. Being bi-racial, growing up in a big city and being an artist.
People don’t realize it, but no one lives that rock and roll life 24-7. They think it’s hundreds of bottles of champagne flowing and private jets and money. But there’s a lot of time when you’re traveling – time to think, time to be lonely. Sometimes it gets to you.
I really didn’t know a lot of rock ‘n’ roll until I moved to L.A. Before that, when I was in New York, I grew up listening mostly to R&B and soul and jazz.