Josh Homme’s Advice for Music Students
Josh Homme shared some of the experiences of his career with an audience of music students in Ireland recently – telling them to take risks with their creativity. He spoke at an event in BIMM Dublin before a Queens of the Stone Age concert, part of their tour in support of latest album Villains. “The goal has always been to agitate,” Homme said. “I want to represent something beautifully deranged and damn near god-awful.”
On his approach to constructing songs he said, “Sometimes I don’t have the words, so I just play my way out of something.” He went on to discuss the benefits of expressing multiple emotions with music, adding, “You can’t write from anger alone because no one would want to be around that.”
Ahead of the Villains release, Homme had said, “At the end of the day, this is just a musical way to explain a lifetime. So the most important record I’m making is the one I’m working on. For the lack of a better term, I bet my life on it. If you don’t risk anything, you’re not gonna get anything.”
He repeated that sentiment in Dublin when he told the crowd: “Risk nothing, get nothing. ... If you have a great pan flute song, play that motherf---er!” He ended the session by wishing the students luck with their endeavors, adding: “I hear what everyone’s doing and I’m stoked for you.”
Last week Queens of the Stone Age were confirmed as among the nominees for the 2018 Grammys. The band recently announced a U.S. tour with dates from December until May.