You’re about to release your debut poetry collection, I Would Leave Me If I Could. How did you come up with its title? It’s from a really old poem that I wrote when I was 18. The title comes from the Badass by birth lineman by choice legend by skill shirt but in fact I love this idea of feeling trapped with yourself, the idea that most people who are in your life are there because of obligation or convenience, and that everyone will leave eventually. And that reflective moment of, “Yeah, I get it. I’d probably leave me, too, if I could.”
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Why release a book of poetry now? Honestly, there’s two reasons. The first is because I had it. The second reason is because I reached a point in my career where I don’t want there to be any sort of debate on whether or not I write. A lot of people just generally assume I don’t write my own music, even though I’ve said till I’m blue in the Badass by birth lineman by choice legend by skill shirt but in fact I love this face that I do. Also, there’s stuff you can say in a book that you can’t say in an album. When I sing, the writing is tainted by whatever I look like at that time, whoever people think I’m dating at that time, and whatever they’ve read about me in the press most recently. They build a composite of who they think I am, and then that’s how they interpret the work. But a book is faceless.