This is where I really wanted to go musically. I was a fan of Billy Corgan’s music for years, so to be able to work with him on his vision and help take the band to a new place is incredible. It’s great to be part of something that you can be completely passionate about.

Jeff Schroeder talks with Music Radar about being within the Smashing Pumpkins world and his future plans.

Read the full interview here.

Six burning questions for Billy Corgan
1. In the past two years, you’ve re-engaged with music, once more releasing records and touring as the Smashing Pumpkins. What brought on that change?
I went to spiritual rehab. I had to figure out what was really bothering me because I was taking it out on music, or the crowds, or myself. That’s not the right place for it. There are times where it has a compelling artistic use, but year on year if you’re sour, it wears on you.
2. How would you define your outlook during those dark years? 
In the past, I would wake up and all I could think about was how I got f—-ed over, how less-talented people got that show or magazine cover. One day I woke up and realised, ‘I’m in the 0.001 percentile. What am I doing?’ There was just this slow shift to taking control of my own perspective, and I had to let go of certain things.
3. You started pursuing a music career at the age of 17 and now you’re 45. How do you approach your career in 2012?
There was a certain illumination that came in terms of knowing there was a certain amount of years to go, and how did I want to do it? It was very resolved. I had my choices. I chose to get back out there.
4. Two decades ago, the Smashing Pumpkins were integral to the rise of grunge rock. Will we ever see another musical movement that powerful and transformative? 
The next Beatles, the next grunge, won’t come from the Western world. It will come from a place that has a comparative innocence about music and the media: India, China, or Saharan Africa. We’ve shot all those bullets, and now those revolutions are happening in electronic music.
5. The Smashing Pumpkins were a very heavy band, in the studio and in concert, but does that interest you now? 
Dynamically, we don’t think it has the same visceral impact it once did. How we created emotional detail on [new album] Oceania was to remove some of the heaviness. When we did it in ‘93, you could feel the room go, ”Whoa”, and people would physically react. Now it doesn’t punch them in the sternum like it used to.
6. How is your memoir progressing? 
I’m about three-quarters of the way through the first draft, but I keep retooling the language. I’m trying to write a spiritual memoir from the viewpoint of someone who’s had a big life. It’s really hard to go back into parts of your life that are uncomfortable. It’s difficult because I don’t process reality in a normal way.
Taken from SMH 

Six burning questions for Billy Corgan

1. In the past two years, you’ve re-engaged with music, once more releasing records and touring as the Smashing Pumpkins. What brought on that change?

I went to spiritual rehab. I had to figure out what was really bothering me because I was taking it out on music, or the crowds, or myself. That’s not the right place for it. There are times where it has a compelling artistic use, but year on year if you’re sour, it wears on you.

2. How would you define your outlook during those dark years?

In the past, I would wake up and all I could think about was how I got f—-ed over, how less-talented people got that show or magazine cover. One day I woke up and realised, ‘I’m in the 0.001 percentile. What am I doing?’ There was just this slow shift to taking control of my own perspective, and I had to let go of certain things.

3. You started pursuing a music career at the age of 17 and now you’re 45. How do you approach your career in 2012?

There was a certain illumination that came in terms of knowing there was a certain amount of years to go, and how did I want to do it? It was very resolved. I had my choices. I chose to get back out there.

4. Two decades ago, the Smashing Pumpkins were integral to the rise of grunge rock. Will we ever see another musical movement that powerful and transformative?

The next Beatles, the next grunge, won’t come from the Western world. It will come from a place that has a comparative innocence about music and the media: India, China, or Saharan Africa. We’ve shot all those bullets, and now those revolutions are happening in electronic music.

5. The Smashing Pumpkins were a very heavy band, in the studio and in concert, but does that interest you now?

Dynamically, we don’t think it has the same visceral impact it once did. How we created emotional detail on [new album] Oceania was to remove some of the heaviness. When we did it in ‘93, you could feel the room go, ”Whoa”, and people would physically react. Now it doesn’t punch them in the sternum like it used to.

6. How is your memoir progressing?

I’m about three-quarters of the way through the first draft, but I keep retooling the language. I’m trying to write a spiritual memoir from the viewpoint of someone who’s had a big life. It’s really hard to go back into parts of your life that are uncomfortable. It’s difficult because I don’t process reality in a normal way.

Taken from SMH 

Nicole speaks with musicradar.com


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Joining the Smashing Pumpkins.

“Billy wasn’t looking for a hired gun. He wanted a musical partner. When I joined, he was very straightforward in saying that to me. He basically said, ‘I see your style, I’ve seen you play live, we’ve jammed together – I think you’d be a good fit.’ He’s very psychic and intuitive, and he bases a lot of his decisions on intuition alone. He felt that we had a psychic and musical connection, and he wanted to see where it could go.”

Collaborating with Billy on Oceania

“Glissandra… I remember Billy started playing and I was like, ‘Ooh! What was that? What was that?’ [laughs] He said, ‘Oh, I don’t know. It’s just something I was playing this morning in my house.’ I was like, ‘Keep going with that.’ I played a little bit of a bass groove, and then he said, ‘OK, do that, but leave a little bit of space in this part.’ And that’s how we work together. I’ll come up with my initial idea and we’ll tweak it together.”

Read the full interview with Nicole on musicradar.com

“[The old band] was going for years, and I would’ve preferred that we stayed together, because I think that’s something that happens with any long-term relationship,” he admits. “But the relationship really started falling apart in the mid-‘90s, so whenever people talk about the old band, from my perspective… I mean, I haven’t been in that band for about 16, 17 years. It was a great time, we made a lot of great music, and I honestly really appreciate that people are still so interested in that. It makes me proud and I’m glad that we worked hard to make strong records that can still hold up to modern ears.” - Billy Corgan
Billy Corgan is interviewed on themusic.com.au, read the full interview here.
"Australia’s been, for the last five years, one of the most generous and supportive places for our band." - Billy Corgan

With an interview posted today on the Sydney Morning Herald (and other Fairfax websites) Billy talks about the common misconception about his personality, the difficulty of being an artist in the music industry today and the support he has felt from Australian fans. 

We can’t help but smile with that last bit of news. 

Read the full interview here: The Smashing Pumpkins want to change music’s world order.

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Billy Corgan 2012 Interview on the Howard Stern Show - June 2012 (Full Video)

From howardstern.com

Billy Corgan returned to The Howard Stern Show on June 19th, 2012 in New York City, New York, USA.
Billy Corgan appeared live on Howard Stern TV for more than 90 minutes as part of his promotional tour for the new Smashing Pumpkins album “Oceania”. He poured out heart, soul and song during this interview. Corgan delved into his childhood, his previous relationships, the rise and fall of the original Smashing Pumpkins and the inspiration for the band’s new album ‘Oceania’. He also gave a live acoustic performance of “Tonight, Tonight” off the Smashing Pumpkins’ 1995 album “Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness”.

Pumpkins ‘no nostalgia act’: news.com.au interview

Billy Corgan says upcoming release Oceania embodies all facets of his work, but with more immediacy; tells of frustration with being referred to as a ‘nostalgia act’; and his respect for the decision of Axl Rose who chose to boycott Guns N’ Roses’ recent Hall of Fame induction due to past differences with bandmates.

Read the full article at news.com.au