Q – Could you tell us how it was when you realized that being a musician was something you could live on, fulltime? Was it sudden or a gradual realization? Did you feel fear or excitement?

A – I was never really sure if I’d write the next album for the first 5 years or so, and so although I was making a lot of money I didn’t feel any real ‘job security’. It was only after the first solo record that I though ‘I can do this for a while’ and what that led to wasn’t necessarily a good thing (writing songs to make records). There was never any fear, the only negative economic force was the feeling, late in the Commotions, that we were all dependent upon me, and I didn’t like that. I wanted to feel that I could take a year off (I never did) and it wouldn’t be hurting anyone else’s career.