HG: Your debut album is called 'The Luxury of Time', something musicians aren't afforded these days when record companies want instant artists and instant hits.
DM: My record company has been very patient but I still feel that pressure. In the US my record is very hard to find a place for right now: it's either Limp Bizkit or Britney Spears. We have a format in the States called Triple A – the only place you'll hear a Paul McCartney or David Bowie record - and to be honest it's so adult now that I'm almost too young for them! It's really sad because no one thinks in terms of letting a musician develop anymore. There's such a quick buck to be made if you find these bands that sound like four other bands.
HG: It also seems that no one has the time to listen and let records grow on them: they listen once and then move on.
DM: There are too many records now - that's the problem! A person’s opinion of a record comes down to the cover in a lot of cases, it can be that quick. I get ten CDs to listen to from a record company and I hate to say it but I don't go through the ten CDs. If I see one with a crap cover, I throw it out the window! I hate that, but there's too much music out there - it's too easy to make a record.
HG: So how do you feel about music on the Web?
DM: The Internet is great and I'm glad it gives more people a chance, but it adds to the problem of quality control. It's great to have your music out there but I don't believe in the idea that anyone can do this. I'm all for everyone having a good time but there’s also a sense where it becomes your craft and your work. I don't want to sound too high falutin', but you take it seriously.
HG: Your label BMG recently reached an agreement with Napster.
DM: I think it could be really healthy if they can get it sorted out. I don't see any issue about there being free music. If someone wants to give their music away then go for it. But I don't want to give my music away and I don't want somebody getting it for free. I'm all for sharing things that people don't own, but I own my music.