In this new Q&A on yourGigs.com.au Billy talked about Oceania, changing over the years, social issues, and more.
“I said to the band either we are going to do it like everyone else does, which is Protools the hell out of everything and make it sounds like a bunch of robots, or we have to go completely the other way. So we went completely the other way. It wasn’t so much a reaction; it was an embrace of “this is the only way we can get it done”. The other way, if our hearts are not into it, we aren’t going to outrun those people because that’s all they do.”
On making Billy into separate people according to era:
I’ve noticed for a long time there has been a weird need to separate me into different people. For example there’s 1990-1995 Billy Corgan and then there’s 1995-2000 Billy Corgan. It’s strange to me because I’m at the centre of all those periods. The music I made was predominantly mine. It’s a weird thing like as if aliens invaded my body and I’m treated like the guy that wrote ‘Today’ and ‘Bullet with Butterfly Wings’ is different to the guy that wrote Teargarden.
On Remaining the same:
I present a unique challenge. I don’t make the same movie twice and it’s hard for people to wrap their heads around it especially if they like a particular version. My thing is to completely embrace the period, get to the point where it starts to bore me and then break it to pieces. That’s why as an artist you just have to trust your work.
On how powerful music can be:
It’s more powerful than anybody who can break it down. It’s more powerful than the mob, more powerful than snarky critics and more powerful than the government. That’s why the government is afraid of music when it’s strong, a song can literally change people’s thinking. A song like ‘Imagine’ by John Lennon changed the way people thought.
On playing with Pink Floyd:
It’s very humbling, I was actually talking today about getting on stage with Pink Floyd when they got inducted into the Rock N Roll Hall of Fame. It’s one of the moments where you go “wow I’m playing this song that I listened to when my grandmother was dying of cancer, the song that kept me from jumping out the window and now I’m onstage playing with these guys. This is too f—ing weird.”