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.
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.”
“[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
"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.
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.