> Q: You've been working on your solo project for quite a long time. The song "Morning After" dates back to at least 2001, for instance. How far back does Dead By Sunrise really go, and how challenging was it to keep some of the material from sounding dated?
Thatís a good question. We started making the album in 2006. I think that because Iím drawing from a grungier rock sound as well as an alternative pop sound where we mix the two together, it already has that vibe of sounding familiar in a way. Adding the electronic element to the music elevates that from sounding dated. Good songs are good songs when they come out and thatís what I try to keep in mind when Iím writing. Thatís what Iím always trying to do. I donít know if Iíve accomplished it yet, so weíll see when the album comes out.
> Q: Several bands (Metallica, Iron Maiden, Aerosmith, etc.) have been commemorating album anniversaries recently by playing them in their entirety as part of their live sets. Do you have any special plans for Hybrid Theory's 10th anniversary in 2010?
Weíre no longer going to be playing any songs from Hybrid Theory. Thatís our gift. L-O-L-J-K-smiley face. (Yes, he literally said that out loud).I donít think weíve put any thought into it. I donít think weíve realized itís already been 10 years. Weíre focusing on the next record. Wow, Hybrid Theory is 10 years old. Kind of crazy. Makes me feel old.
> Q: It wasn't too many years ago that you described yourself as being computer illiterate and not liking the Internet. You also have every reason not to be keen on modern technology, with your experience of having a stalker and whatnot. However, you and your wife have both been pretty active on Twitter recently, and you're surprisingly open about your personal lives. What prompted the change, and how do you feel about the interaction you have with all of your fans through the Internet these days?
I have a love/hate relationship with twitter. I find it completely annoying, but often times useful and entertaining. Itís really easy to text. Iíve never actually been on a computer while using twitter. So it canít be counted as becoming a tech-head. For someone thatís in a band thatís so computer savvy and with all these tools that we use, I just tell someone I need you to help me record this and I have someone get on the computer who knows how to use pro-tools. Itís kind of ridiculous. Ever since I was a little kid learning how to program in DOS and make a square on the screen, my brain canít comprehend it for some reason. It's really difficult for me to figure out how computers work. Iím ok at it. I can check my emails, but Iím not the most computer savvy person. I take a little bit of pride in that and I also feel like an idiot.