Foo Fighters drummer Taylor Hawkins discussed his excessive drug use in a new Consequence of Sound interview.
The frazzled-ness doesn’t come from writing and recording. I can do that at my own pace and watch shit sit on the shelf for ages. The pace gets frantic when we’re going out and playing stuff live. Sometimes I’ve overdone it, overexposed myself … well not overexposed! Oh wait, or maybe I have? I overplan and think I can do every gig available. The next thing you know, I’ve got three gigs in a row, and my kids and wife are pissed off because I’m not around. I’m always just trying to balance. When I was younger, if I would have known then what I know now, known how little time I had once I had kids, I would have done so much more in my 20s and early 30s.
I started having kids when I was about 35. I didn’t realize how much free time I fucking had. Instead, I just fucked out and did too many drugs — man, I did so many drugs. And partying and being a lazy fuck face. Something happened around 30. I had to grow up to fit it all in. Before I was just in Foo Fighters and that was enough, but because of the drugs, I could barely pull that off. I then realized I want to do more with my time.
Am I frazzled? Yes. I get frazzled when I have too much work. I don’t have my shit together always as far as time goes. I’ll just say yes to everything and then let people down. I’m not good at planning my own shit, that’s for damn sure. You’re always working, right?
Foo Fighters drummer Taylor Hawkins discussed his new solo project in a recent Entertainment Weekly interview.
“I like to put a little signpost in the road in between every Foo Fighters project,” Hawkins tells EW. “I don’t know why, I just have to do it. I have to get that itch to write songs out of my system.”
He also revealed that he borrowed Dave Grohl’s Sonic Highways concept for his project.
“I’ve written so many songs that mean a lot of different things, but that don’t really mean anything,” he reflects. But, to an extent, watching Foo Fighters frontman Dave Grohl draw on regional personas for the songs on Sonic Highways sparked a similar urge in Hawkins: “You can really write a song about anything, if you try hard enough.”