Q: Is there anything you miss about the old days when you were hungry and not successful yet?
AK: Well, if we weren’t able to write good music, I would miss that, but because we still can write really fun music I feel grateful for that, because a lot of times I try to figure out why people wrote such amazing music in their 20s and 30s and then they get into their 40s and 50s and it’s…… okay, but it’s just not as happening as what they wrote before they had what they were looking for.
Q: Okay, you were famously self-destructive in the 80s…
AK: Whooo!!!!! (laughs)
Q: Why do you think a lot of creative people end up going down that road to self-destruction with drugs etc?
AK: Well, let’s just say simply put, creation and destruction live next door to each other. So, for better or worse, destruction really does inspire creation. And I guess this band is a great example of that. We somewhat consider John leaving a destructive thing for this band and it really turned out to be the very thing that allowed it to recreate. And so I think in general, people look to pain, and loss and personal destruction to find their inspiration for art and it is some of the most inspiring stuff, but it’s not the only path to creation. But if you take a good look at where some of the best art comes from, it comes from people’s self-destructive behavior, so, more will be revealed.
Q; But do you miss anything about those days?
AK: Not really because what it’s been replaced with I wouldn’t trade what I have now for what I had then. It certainly led me to where I am, so I have no regrets for that having survived it. It’s a little bit easier for me to say, but I love my life today, more than ever… and I’m still hungry.