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If you live a rebellious lifestyle, then you rebel against things because they go against your ideals and the integrity of who you are as a person.
All I knew about Ethiopia was from a few records that I like, as well as what I read about the famine. But you get there and it's another world. It's filled with art and music and poetry and intellectuals and writers - all kinds of people.
Music gave me something that was not only good for me - it gave me something to work on, something to be proud of and something that I really loved and have a love for - but also music was good for other people because you put joy into the world.
As a musician I'm about expressing what's inside, and I think everyone has a song in them that they need to get out, whatever their gig is.
Ethiopia is such a great country, beautiful place.
I got my love of jazz from my stepfather, who was a jazz musician.
I was raised to think that rock was music for ignorant people who didn't think for themselves.
You teach your kids about your beliefs and tell them what you think is right and the conclusions that you've come to from living in the world, and then they can make their own decisions.
For me, music was the only reason I went to school. I was kind of a street kid, in a lot of trouble committing crimes and stuff. Music gave me something to focus on.
Running opened up something beautiful in my life. I try to send the energy all over my body. I love the feeling of it.
I went to school and studied music for a year at USC, which unlocked a bunch of doors for me in terms of my relationship to music.
When you make music, you're forming these invisible vibrations in the air into different shapes and consistencies and speeds in order to create music, and understanding how the math of that works just gives you more colors to paint with, and allows you to get to what you want quicker.
My father was out of my life when I was pretty young - when I was 7 years old, he was gone. I didn't see him for the rest of my childhood.
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