- NICK WALKER
- NICK WATERHOUSE: Raw with past-tense stimuli.
How do you react to criticism?
Very even-headedly [laughs]. I think some people just don't like the blues. So they automatically disqualify you. I think everybody's entitled to their opinion. I know what I make. I think what's cool about music is that what you make becomes something else to someone else. If you don't like it, you should have a good reason. And when people do like it, I still feel dumbfounded. I still haven't come up with a good response to people when they tell me they like my music, besides thank you.
I see hardcore metal fans automatically disqualifying other forms of music a lot. If it's not metal, they don't like it. If you're not screaming enough like a dying hyena, they don't like it. But I kind of like hardcore fans for that reason. You don't scream like a dying hyena, though.
There are parallels between metal and the music that I play. And no one ever acknowledges that. People who are critical of my music, their critique tends to be a quick, superficial aesthetic dismissal where they're like, "This is retro, I'm done." I mean, people don't do that to country records. Or metal. I never hear people saying, "Ugh, this is metal, this is so not unique." I think there's this fallacy in thinking something is derivative, when in reality, all art and music is derivative of something else. It doesn't exist in a vacuum.