We view the relationships that we have with promoters as absolutely golden, and putting on a show at a place like Madison Square Garden would not be possible without them. It goes without saying that the fans are the most important people, but our immediate point of contact before that is the promoter. If you don’t collaborate with the right people and deliver a great experience then there are going to be disappointed fans, and it reflects badly on the artist in the end.
In business I don’t believe in eternal growth, it is a myth that capitalist idealists sell us. At some point, things have to either get smaller or go sideways. There will come a point in every successful artist’s career where they can’t go grow bigger as such, but we can always grow musically. I think accepting that fact is important for an artist’s personal happiness in this industry. In the business of music we are not going to be on top of our game forever, but somehow knowing that allows us to enjoy the journey that much more. Happiness is the best measure of success.