3. How do you reconcile perfectionism with the need to release songs? When you start feeling proud of a song, you’re done.
"I feel as though every artist has to come to terms with the fact that as an artist, you're never going to be 100 percent satisfied with a song, mix, lyric, etc. Or maybe you'll become satisfied and then at some point change your mind. It happens all the time. The best artists know when to walk away from a song because it doesn't need anything else, or keep going because it has potential. You'll know it's finished when you find yourself listening to a mix or recording of something over and over and you're really proud of it."
4. At what point do you make the decision that a song is ready to record? When a live audience loves it, you’re ready to record.
"Usually I take rough demos (iPhone voice memos) to the band, and we expand on some of the sections and tweak here and there, but after we finish learning the song, internalizing it, and making sure it's right, that’s when we take it to the studio. Sometimes even before the studio we perform the tracks live for our fans to gauge what parts need more or less energy. If the energy in your song is right, then recording should be a breeze and it will show on the record. Internalize the song and become a part of it."
5. Try a minimal and familiar recording environment.
"The perfect recording environment would be a small studio or room, with my producer, Johannes, and an engineer. And snacks. I like to make the studio a calm place. A place to think. With minimum opinions and a place that feels like my bedroom or home."