I grew up loving a lot of English bands, ... That has a huge effect on you. If I was listening to hip-hop as opposed to Morrissey when I was 13, I would probably be a very different musician. But that's what I was drawn to when I was growing up.
We never went out and played shows before we got signed because the music scene in Las Vegas is so bad. There's not a lot going on. In our practice space, there were something like 30 bands, and every day we'd walk into that room and hear the exact same death-metal bands. So it kind of influenced us to be different. And to get out of Las Vegas.
Panic! at the Disco
I can show bands how to produce themselves. In the same way, many bands think you can't make it without some fat cat in London or New York to manage you. Thats just crap. All you need is someone a bit older than you with a bit of business nous whom you trust.
It breaks my heart to see these young, really talented bands getting chewed up into the system. I remember a time if you'd signed to a major label it was such a sell out! But now... unless you've signed to a big label, you're a failure now.
People who were in their 20s back in the '80s have told us that we remind them of their favorite bands from when they were younger, ... I understand them. When I was a kid I loved those bands, too. We have that in common with the people who come out and see us.
I can't think of many bands that can do that for five years without egos blowing up, but it's still working. We went about a year without seeing them (while touring with Cheap Trick), and we really missed them.
If journalists ask you again and again about the same bands, you'll end up saying you hate them just because you're so fed up with being asked all those stupid questions.
Billie Joe Armstrong
This really was the start of a period where me, Barney and Steve would all be meeting bands and getting into producing them. Barney did Section 25, Happy Mondays. Steve and Gillian produced Thick Pigeon (who, incidentally, were Stanton Miranda, Michael Shamberg’s girlfriend, and Carter Burwell, who later made his name scoring films for the Coen Brothers).
Most bands are scared of ridicule - we embrace it.
I hear a lot of bands complain about touring, and it does get to be a bit emotionally draining. But you have to put it into context: It's just a bunch of shows.
Jimmy Eat World
We saw so many phenomenal Rock 'n Roll bands that were not getting signed. We really needed to start looking outside the box.
A band's only unique thing is its chemistry, especially if none of you are prodigious players or particularly handsome. The one thing you have is your uniqueness, so we hold on to that.