Zach Condon

I became very aware of what I was used to relying on, almost tricks. It’s funny because I could feel myself creating a formula and sticking with it and I just told myself, ‘That’s not me, that’s not really how I am, god forbid I have developed a formula – it’s music; songwriting.’ It’s heretic, honestly, in the church of music, so I had to unwind a few tricks in order to get past it.

I have tried to write soundtracks, and the main problem with those was that the directors often had in their minds a much stronger sense of what they wanted to hear, than what I was willing to give them, and I guess there was no way to say, “Well why don’t you write your scene around my music?” Because that’s just cocky and awful.