There is a tendency to want to get thick-skinned. There is a tendency to block out negative things, because they really hurt. But if I stop feeling pain, then I’m afraid I’ll stop feeling immense excitement and epic celebration and happiness. I can’t stop feeling those things, so I feel everything. And that keeps me who I am.
I saw some photos online of you two smooching in Hawaii, is it embarrassing to you that that stuff gets out there? Yeah, I’m a very private person and still am very shy and to have that sort of stuff - it’s such a personal thing, and it is something that is sort of unavoidable and I can’t complain about it. Avoiding paparazzi is so unenjoyable: you can’t go out, you can’t hold hands with your girlfriend. I’m trying to find the balance between, but it’s all about staying happy and not worrying about what other people think. That’s the most important thing.
I’m extremely uncomfortable with some of my favorite singers and actors being at coachella because I associate it with weird grunge-y slutty hipsters
"Wow, it must be nice playing peasant for a day."
My biggest fear is that people aren’t going to realize in time that we are nature, and that we need to think about that fact and respect that fact. People talk about global warming, the oceans, and the rain forest, and we need to be talking about it, but nothing’s going to change unless we change ourselves.
The A.V. Club: How do you decide what songs are yours to sing and what songs are someone else’s?
DW: If I write it with someone else and they want to sing it, it’s for them. My philosophy for several years has been that if I’m writing a song and can’t imagine myself…