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“...your relationship with your gut and your intuition is the most important relationship you can develop”

Tell me about Talk To Strangers.

One more: Tr(n)igger.

Serj [Tankian] gave me this beautiful gift early one Saturday morning when he woke me up with, hey man, I was thinking of you last night and I wrote a song for you on the piano. I was already in the studio mixing my second self-titled album and had been thinking I wanted some sort of introduction or prelude. When I heard the music, I immediately started writing to it, very much aware that it would be the first song on my album, so I wanted to write about being open, having an open mind.

(Laughing.) Man, that was SO fun. I had spent two years working with Trent, but Tr(n)igger is something I was working on by myself at home. It was the first time I realized I had really grown from the situation because the way I mapped out the song I was like, wow, it feels like I’ve worked on this with Trent.

I received it and took it into the studio that night and recorded it. It was a beautiful experience. I felt really happy about what I wrote, cuz I felt vulnerable. It was around 2003. I had just finished the book ,Said the Shotgun to the Head so I was in a mind state of vulnerability and openness.

The idea of the chorus was fucking crazy to me. I remember actually being scared, like should I put this on the album? This is a little crazy. I remember playing it for a few friends like, this is what I’m contemplating right now…I don’t know if I’m ready to go there or not…But I would blast it in my house like fucking crazy. I’d be so excited. And I love that little breakdown – what do you teach your children about me – that’s what really excited me that I’d figured out how to have this quiet moment in this crazy ass song.

That line ‘vulnerability is power’…

Is that Public Enemy?

It’s definitely one of the few songs that I return to and listen to. That’s one song I can hear and I feel good about.

Yeah, that’s Welcome to the Terrordome. That’s the other thing. I sampled my favourite part of my favourite song.

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