Have I ever had a crisis
where I doubt my own abilities? Yeah, pretty much every time I’m in the studio. Probably constantly.
Every time I accomplish something I feel bad. I’m doubting my creative abilites
with every single track. OK… what is this all about? It doesn’t mean anything, like, it’s too easy,
it’s flat and doesn’t have anything profound to it. Am I doing the right thing, or is it good enough,
or is it good at all? Overcoming massive self doubt is a really
important part of being an artist. If you don’t doubt yourself or what you do you’re probably not very reflected
on what is good in your work. Having a strong critic voice is what makes people
good artists because they know, oh, this is good, this is not good. Reviewing your work, that is absolutely
necessary and fundamental for progress. For me it helps always, collaborating with people
is like, always the best way to save your soul… …somehow. When you work with people you’re not just sitting
there in your studio, desperate, you’re kind of pulled into action
and you do something fun together. I get a lot of satisfaction out of that.
And that helps drive it and keep me going. One of the most important strategies I have
to overcome anxieties is to practice meditation. I always advice people
that if you hit that crisis just move forward, and then test, see if you’re in a better place. And if you’re not, roll the dice,
tumble and try again. Now when the muse strikes and the inspiration
comes and you get on a roll, you have to honor it. It’s really important to just… okay, you know what
maybe you don’t need to stop the session now, you can skip that dinner you were supposed
to go to and keep working and ride this thing out. A lot of being an artist means you need to ignore
the crisis moment and simply work through it. It’s a little hard sometimes. But you just embrace
it and say okay, it’s good, here it’s good, it feels bad, it hurts, but it’s good.