You have a long and very successful career in the music business. How do you stay calm and cool working in such an unpredictable and competitive industry?
I think my demeanor is relaxed. I donâ€™t get too crazy. Iâ€™m fulfilling the dream I had when I was 13-years-old to be a drummer and Iâ€™m still doing what I love to do. Thatâ€™s what gets me through it all and itâ€™s a great blessing to me. I love to play live and every night I go on stage I love the audience, they know that and they love me, so itâ€™s a love fest.
What are your favorite ways to relax?
I love to be relaxed. I donâ€™t know why people think because youâ€™re a well-known pop star that we relax differently. We donâ€™t â€“ we hang out at home, we have dinner, go to the movies. I like to actually sit on a beach in the sun and listen to the waves. But you canâ€™t do that every day can you?
Youâ€™ve been very selective about brand partnerships. What is it about Skechers that struck a chord with you?
Iâ€™m still a working musician, Iâ€™m still on tour, Iâ€™ve done commercials. I saw lots of ads for Skechers that were really bright, young and fresh. Iâ€™ve always enjoyed those commercials, and now Iâ€™m enjoying the shoes. I love to be relaxed and Iâ€™m wearing the shoes because theyâ€™re comfortable.
Youâ€™ve been an advocate for many philanthropic causes. What inspired you to create your own charitable organisation, The Lotus Foundation?
I wanted to take the initiative, rather than waiting for invitations, and support something that could make a difference in peopleâ€™s lives. We covered all the startup costs for three years (phone bills, rent) to take the weight off so The Lotus Foundation could become established. We support a wide range of causes, from clean water aid to providing wheelchair access for a handicapped child.
Looking back at your experiences working with charitable causes, can you describe a moment or interaction that made a profound impact on your life?
I like to help out the Make-A-Wish Foundation. One of the kids I met was named Mary. She was 8-years old and very ill (in a coma) but she woke up and for some reason A Hard Dayâ€™s Night was on the TV and she fell in love with Ringo. Sheâ€™s such a beautiful little girl and we had a holiday with her â€“ she was just running around like a fairy. Sheâ€™s better now and 14-years-old. Weâ€™re still in contact. That was a beautiful moment for me because I have my own children and when you meet one thatâ€™s really ill, itâ€™s a moving experience.
Tell us about your new album and tour coming up in 2015.
We started the new tour on February 11. We’re dividing it into three parts: America, South America (Chile, Brazil, Argentina, Mexico City), then back to America. I love touring, but nobody loves getting on the plane, the bus, the carâ€¦ whatever gets you to the gig. But once youâ€™re there itâ€™s all worth it. On March 31 the new record will be out, Postcards from Paradise, that Iâ€™ve been working on all of last year. I made it in L.A. at home in my guesthouse. I do basic tracks, then invite writers to come and join me and we write songsâ€¦ from Van Dyke Parks to Richard Marx and Todd Rundgren. I just have fun. I love hanging out with musicians and have the excuse if weâ€™re writing a song and then we play. So thatâ€™s what happening in my life right now. Peace and love.