I saw Joan as Police woman the other month and she blew my mind. I loved watching her play music because she did it in such a natural, honest way. She lost and found herself in front of an audience, which is always something to admire.
Here’s some things that struck me about an interview she gave to Mercedes-Benz (A car company writing articles on creativity? Weird, right?)
Looking at where you are right now and where you started off as a musician, what are some of the greatest lessons you’ve learned?
“Practice until you can do it so that it looks like it’s nothing, and to the point where you will be able to do it even when snakes attack you from all sides. I’ve also learned that bad reviews are only one person’s opinion, not a universal truth and are never all that important anyway. Finally, keep going no matter what. Giving up is not a concept that can exist in one’s life.”
What gives you confidence as a musician?
“As I mentioned earlier, practicing is imperative. Anyone who is slaying at their art has practiced an incredible amount. I don’t care what anyone says, they are lying if they say differently. At times, when I’ve felt overwhelmed by insecurity, I imagine I’m someone else who I worship, like Nina Simone, Joni Mitchell, and then once I’ve begun performing I forget to imagine and remember that I’ve got something to give as well”