“More and more, I'm enjoying being an engineer at home. I'm also enjoying the touring more and more. Again, the side story behind all of these records, starting with Crystal Planet, is the touring thing. I’m doing longer tours; I’m going to more interesting places around the world. And what happens is, I come back and I'm energized about recording more songs and more music. I’m energized about putting in more performances that are about me and my fans and less about worrying about the old music paradigm, which is the hit single, television, all that stuff.
“I'm just like, ‘Oh, who cares? I'm just going to keep pushing my own envelopes.’ I know what my fans like. I'm not catering to them, but I'm saying, ‘All I have to do is be myself,’ because that's what I'm looking for.
“But I do continue to do things that I think are important and that fascinate me, so I'm working again with the seven-string guitar. I'm stretching the idea of how far I can go with a melodic instrumental song that has less, like, ‘look at me’ factor in it. Some of the songs are just ‘over-the-top-look-at-me,’ and then other songs are not, like If I Could Fly and Just Look Up. Then, of course, I bring back some vocals for comic relief, just being more experimental, I guess.”