Autre Ne Veut: "I did a lot of choral music in high school and that was kind of my primary, stable outlet for music because I didn’t feel comfortable being a soloist. It was a cool, safe space for me musically.
“I had a, I don’t even think she was a choir teacher to be honest, but basically she told me that one of the coolest things about male voices is that they don’t lose their upper register when their voice changes, they just gain extra notes. There is a little bit of a loss, but you can maintain a ton of that if you continue to work it out as your voice is changing, so it’s just something that I was kind of aware of. For social reasons, I wanted to be a baritone, but I was probably a tenor, just kind of goofy trying to be a man as a five foot tall little scrawny kid.
Music, even if I ended up doing something different or do end up doing something different in the long run, it’s just something that is life blood. If I’m not participating in some way, I feel like I’m wasting my time.
"I was taking piano lessons when I was maybe five. I wasn’t super generative, but I would kind of skip over lessons and just bang out ideas on my own. I had a Casio keyboard just like every other kid in the suburbs at that point in time. I played a little saxophone, tried playing guitar for a little while.
"Music, even if I ended up doing something different or do end up doing something different in the long run, it’s just something that is life blood. If I’m not participating in some way, I feel like I’m wasting my time.
"When I was a kid I would kind of just jam out. [Laughs.] I wasn’t any good. In high school I decided I wanted to learn guitar, so I picked it up and starting teaching myself some basic chords and started playing with friends. Guitar inherently lends itself to be guitar music, especially when you’re not good at guitar. We would do things like cover ‘Stir It Up’ or The Velvet Underground or whatever then write goofy, folky pop songs. In college, I had a rock band that was somewhere between The Cure and Pavement. So, kind of a bunch of not very good bands or projects for a lot of years.”