Boston's Tom Scholz Explains Aversion To Technology
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.
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