You once described your sound as “post-Internet.” Can you expand on this?
Neurologically, until you’re about 12 or 13 years old, your brain is very plastic, which means that the neural pathways that you’re carving are kind of endless and you’re not really specializing in anything but you’re learning really fast. And then around the time you hit puberty, you begin to develop muscle memory in the pathways you’re using most frequently and really hone your skills. Historically people ride bikes and whatever — and those are skills you’ll have for the rest of your life. So what’s interesting about my generation and people younger than me, is that when I was 12 or 13, we just got Napster and we just got the Internet and the thing that I learned to do, or the sort of overwhelming craft in my life at the time besides ballet, was learning how to research really well. Especially in my relationship with music. It wasn’t like, “Oh I love punk music, I love country music.” It was very single oriented, it was very Napster oriented, where I wanted as much music as I could get. There was just so much stuff out there and it wasn’t about the process my parents had of going to the record store and falling in love with that record and becoming really well acquainted with that record. For me, it was more about constantly stimulating my brain with new stuff. I think that there is no way that that couldn’t influence the way you develop as a person, artistically. I mean it just physically would never have been possible for anyone really older than me to have that kind of experience and I think that one of the reasons music seems to be changing so drastically right now is that you have people coming of age who are the first generation of people that have this experience and we’re technically, biologically, different. From a neurological standpoint.