Neil Gaiman swooped into my life though another friend, Jason Webley, who knew we were fans of each other's work and introduced us via email. Neil and I, like me and Ben, just hit it off instantly.
I see everybody arguing about what the value of music should be instead of what I think the bigger conversation is, which is that music has value, it's subjective and we're moving to a new era where the audience is taking more responsibility for supporting artists at whatever level.
The challenge in my life really is keeping the balance between feeling creatively energized and fulfilled without feeling overwhelmed and like I'm in the middle of a battlefield.
Meditation, especially for people who don't know very much about it and think it's this very hippy dippy thing, can really be powerful, terrifying even, as it lifts the rug up on your subconscious and the dust comes flying out.
I draw the line at letting people into my songwriting cave. To me, that's where the alchemy happens and where the mystery is.
I have never in my career embarked on a journey towards controversy. I have never deliberately set a flame.
I've always been a creative workaholic. I have never had a period of my life where I didn't have at least half a dozen projects going on at once.
If you're willing to take risks, Twitter is a vast amusement park of interesting life possibilities.
The stage show is, in some sense, highly theatrical. It's definitely not just a band in jeans playing rock and roll.