If I had the drive, knowledge, and (most importantly) the connections, I’d love to do a radio or TV show interviewing artists about their artistic processes. Part of the underlying thesis of the show would be debunking the myth that artists rely on inspiration. Most artists get to where they are through hard work and through consistent practice.
Along these lines, I was reading this article about Nick Cave (whom I got tickets to see in April, with Sharon Van Etten opening) and the following paragraph stuck out to me.
The deluxe edition [of the new album] comes with a facsimile of the notebook Cave worked out the album’s lyrics in. “Some of it’s dreadful and painful to read, but I just thought – what the fuck,” he says, before getting the actual notebook out and offering me a brief precis of his working methods. “Pages and pages of absolute shit,” he sighs, turning them over. “Shit, shit, shit, shit, shit. And just every now and then something, little tiny ideas start to come out.”