When you were 17, what did you want to be?
At that time I definitely wanted to play music. I had been playing music since I was 14 or 15, playing shows in New Orleans. I was young to do it at that time, but I just wanted to play. I was always scholastically involved, but I never had to put forth any effort in school, never. I was always doing extracurricular stuff; that was what I cared about, and I took a lot of pride in that. I found something that I was passionate about, and I only wanted to do what I cared about. My mom kind of lived in fear of that because she didn’t know if I could support myself. I rebelled against that a lot in my angsty teenage years.