Jeff Bhasker: "I do like talking about all the great qualities he has because he's misunderstood sometimes. I don't think people really understand how inspirational and what a great person he is. He's an example of what a human being should be. I think a lot of people who don't really understand him would be shocked to hear that statement. But I think that should be the main thrust of what comes across.
"He's always trying to do the right thing. Always trying to believe in [himself] and [not] be oppressed by other people's perception of [him]. Its all in his music and in the way he lives his life. He's one of the hardest working people around and he really self-examines himself in a very healthy way.
He's an example of what a human being should be. I think a lot of people who don't really understand him would be shocked to hear that statement.
"He's one of the strongest people that I've come across. He went through that time when his mother passed away. To have the strength to deal with that...We didn't cancel any shows. We kept working and he transmuted all that emotion into his music. I do want people to know how inspiring he is, I don't want people to lose sight of that.
"I guess when it comes down to it, he's an influential motherfucker. I try to take all the lessons I learned and apply them to doing the fun. album. It's a similar thing: The indie, the alternative, and the mixing a bit of a hip-hop into it which is awesome. It's redefined rock radio a little bit. It's important to keep pushing boundaries. Not just following the trend, you want to set the trend. Not for the sake of setting it either. Art is supposed to be original."