Q: How has that impacted you as an artist, your ability or inclination to create?
A: Gosh, now they’re announcing that we’re taking off and I lost your question.
Q: I was just asking if ageism has directly influenced your ability to be a creative person?
A: Well, not yet, but I know what you mean. They try to send you enough negative messages to make you give up. But they’re picking the wrong fight with the wrong person.
Q: Are there aspects of making music and being creative that you feel you’ve either lost interest in or struggle with more? Or conversely are there things you didn’t grasp or couldn’t do back when you were young that you feel like you’ve been able to achieve later in your life?
A: Well, you know, it’s weird. In my case, at least in my mind, I’m still 30. My body sabotages that, but I find that I can actually physically play better than ever and the band actually sounds better and plays better than they ever did. I think there’s less of a high, you know what I mean? You become more even. You don’t go as low and you don’t go as high. There’s less of the elation because you know too much to get elated. It’s harder to suffer the fools gladly now.
Q: So what’s on your to-do list? I know you’re going to have to take off soon.
A: Well, I’m going down with guns blazing. There’s a lot I can do.
Q: Like what? I know you did a lot directing work during Devo’s 20-year hiatus.
A: I directed music videos and commercials and I also became a wine collector and connoisseur and I taught wine classes for three years. I’m working with people that have known me a long time who now have some land in Napa. They’re planting, so I’m working with them on a vineyard. So I might have my own bottling in a couple of years.
Q: That’ll numb the pain.
A: There you go, yeah. I’m sorry about it being so noisy and chaotic here. It makes it harder to have an intelligent conversation.
Q: That’s okay. I’ll hunt you down if there’s anything else. Safe travels.