When I started out in 1993, I was a bit naïve, and my record company would send my songs to people that I had never heard of. That immediately felt really wrong. Ever since, I’ve only been choosing people that I’ve met or that I know or I admire their work. So usually I’m really excited— it’s one of the most exciting things, because you don’t know what they’re going to do with what you did. I think it’s important. There’s so much music out there. Music is being abused so much. There are so many things with no emotion, no feeling, and without craft— it’s a tool of power. And I’ve always felt that it was my role to do the other thing. To keep it emotional.

pitchforkmedia, January 2 2008