The only permanent member and also the frontman of Smashing Pumpkins, Billy Corgan, had a recent interview with Spotify’s ‘Best Advice: The Podcast‘ this week to talk about his 30-plus year career as well as his tips on staying humble while fronting a famous band.
As you may remember, Smashing Pumpkins released their latest studio album named ‘Cry’ at the end of 2020 by Sumerian Records and the whole tracks of the album were produced by the frontman Billy Corgan by himself. While the album got mixed reviews from the authorities, the band released five-parted animated series for five different singles from the album.
During his whole career, Corgan has suffered from mental issues like self-harm, suicidal ideation, and panic attack, and in his latest ever interview, Billy was asked how he deals with his ego as the fronting member of Smashing Pumpkins. As a response, Billy admitted that it’s still tough for him while stating that even many legendaries like Jimi Hendrix, Bono, and Kurt Cobain were savants.
Her is what he said:
“Well, that’s a tough one, honestly. I don’t think I could have done what I did without faith in myself. People all along the way kept telling me I wasn’t special. And I’m only talking about music — and I’m trying to be funny here, so nobody get offended — when it comes to music, I am special. I’ve proven it, right? But people are uncomfortable with that idea. I have no discomfort. If I met somebody who was the greatest pianist in the world, like, why shouldn’t we celebrate specialty in a field?
People who achieve at the highest level, they’re kind of phenoms. Bono’s a phenom. If he was a pitcher, he’d be the number one pitcher on a Major League Baseball team. Why do people get uncomfortable about phenoms in the music business? Maybe it’s the egalitarian part of music, like we all can be musicians. But the fact of the matter is these people are savants. If you don’t wanna think I’m a savant, then I’m cool with that. But I’m saying is don’t tell me that Jimi Hendrix or Bono or Kurt Cobain are not savants.
They’re savants. If you feel you’re a savant, and you prove you’re a savant, well, at some point, when does somebody give you the savant stamp? There’s something that goes on in music that’s, like, ‘Well, prove it to me. And prove it to me again. And prove it to me one more time.’ Would anybody here argue that Prince wasn’t a savant?”
You can listen to the whole podcast right below.
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