Billy Corgan has described himself as “more dangerous than I’ve ever been”, explaining that he feels “totally free” right now.
Speaking in a new interview with The Creative Independent, the Smashing Pumpkins frontman discussed his creative process, revealing how he works better early in the mornings, why he decided to leave the Rick Rubin-produced ‘Let Me Give The World To You’ off his band’s 1998 album ‘Adore’ and how he “resents” needing a producer.
Corgan discussed not caring what other people think about his music, saying: “You have to reach a point where that no longer affects the work.”
“But don’t believe any artist who tells you they’re not affected,” he added. “The only way I can intellectually understand it – at least for my own experience – is like this: I had nothing, then I had something, then I had less of something, and I had to learn to accept all variations of it, and then I had to make the critical decision that I was going to continue knowing that no one could guarantee me anything. Only by writing at that point did I finally feel free.”
“It’s funny because I’m actually more dangerous than I’ve ever been, but no one perceives me as dangerous,” Corgan continued. “I feel a little bit like a spy in the henhouse. I’m actually very dangerous right now because I am totally free. It’s weird to say it but I know it and that’s it.”
“Look, I’m going to make something. I’m going to know that it’s valuable and I’m so certain of its value that it doesn’t matter if anybody values it. That is the ultimate freedom. However, that doesn’t mean you don’t have a sentient consciousness and that you would prefer it to be seen.”
Corgan also discussed the early years of his band, describing himself as “like an egoist who was always looking for a mandate,” adding: “When I had it I didn’t always carefully consider my options. I was more of a slash and burn, scorched Earth kind of person – hence making a record like ‘Adore’ after ‘Mellon Collie’.”
“I could say something like, ”Adore’ was exactly the right move at exactly the right time and the only mistake I made was not making sure there was hit singles.’ The character flaw in that moment was that I got everything I wanted, I did everything the way I wanted to do. Through force of will, I got the vision I was after and it held. You can still hear it. It didn’t wither away with time, but my ego got in the way of just being pragmatic.”
Read the full interview here.
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Frontman Billy Corgan made headlines recently with his alleged interactions with ex-bandmate D’Arcy Wretzky. The former Pumpkins bassist shared screengrabs of an apparent conversation with Corgan in which they discussed possibility of her rejoining the band. The conversation appeared to contradict Corgan’s version of events.
Despite saying that he feels “attacked by the mob”, Corgan has said that it is “the happiest time” that the Smashing Pumpkins have ever experienced as a band, whilst also admitting that bridges with Wretzky have been burned “forever” following their public feud.