After legendary struggles with record labels, Mann took her career into her own hands in 1995 and went “indie.” Since then, home recording technology caused an up-swell in the indie music scene’s cachet and many artists have followed in Mann’s footsteps making her business decision seem almost prophetic in hindsight.
GM: would you walk me through your writing process?
AM: I usually just start with playing around on the guitar or the piano and if there is a little piece of music that I accidentally come across that I feel like has something to it, I will put it on tape and listen back to it later. Usually, I try to get a sense of what the music sounds like, the emotional tone of it, and come up with a story to match that tone.
GM: Do you have a routine, a time of day, or a place?
AM: No, not at all. Months and months can go by without writing and then if I feel like it, I will sit down and get to work and immerse myself in it.
GM: Why do you like doing it?
AM: It’s like a little puzzle. Being creative is very satisfying.More from my interview with Aimee Mann to come!