Classic Rock Revisited's Jeb Write recently spoke with Tom Scholz where the Boston mastermind discussed why he hasn't kept up with technology and also how he balances creative effort with being a perfectionist.
Scholz had this to say about technology, "The only reason there was a Rockman amplifier and the other equipment I designed and built 25 years ago was because there were limitations with working with tube amps on stage and there were limitations when we practiced and I needed a solution. It had been bothering me for years. That is the only reason I got involved up to that point. Once I had that in my pocket, so to speak, and I had the solution, then I wasn't the least bit interested anymore. When they started having switchable digital devices that sound like this, or that, I just didn't care about that. I had great sounds that worked very well for me."
When he was asked how he balances a creative effort with being a perfectionist, he responded, "Part of being my own harshest critic is an artistic one. I am always very aware that what I am doing may be heard by lots of people. Plenty of people are going to put down their hard earned cash to buy a copy of it, or buy a ticket to hear it live. I would hate the thought that something that I was involved with wasn't the absolute best that I could do. I am always driven by that same thing.
"Maybe I shouldn't even keep it to listeners, or people paying for it, because I sort of feel that way about everything that I do. I don't know where that comes from. I suppose that maybe that came from my parents. I am not sure if I should congratulate them, or blame them, but it is the way that I am. Anything I get involved in I just try to do the best I can with it. My limitations are always time and energy. When I get burnt and I just can't
then I stop. If I think I have something that is special and that if I change anything that I am going to lose what I've got, then I stop and that is when I am done. That is when I know I have done the best that I can do." Check out the rest of the interview here.