Michael Stipe Says Musicians Must Be Able To Write Their Own Music Unless They’re Elvis

R.E.M. singer Michael Stipe spoke in a recent interview with Jacobin Magazine and talked about his musical career.

In the conversation, the interviewer asked if it was worth it to live through stardom’s good and bad sides. Michael’s answer revolved around his career and how he became the person he is right now. While saying that life is much more complex than a teenage fantasy, he also pointed out that everybody should write their music unless they are Elvis Presley or Frank Sinatra.

Furthermore, the frontman mentioned that he developed his personality in public and learned everything in front of the public eye. With his experience in public, he has become the ‘Michael Stipe.’ In addition to that, Michael said he is pleased with his journey and career and admitted that even though he has problems in his life like every person, he has a great life.

The interviewer asked:

“You’ve obviously dealt with the good and bad of stardom. Do you think it’s worth it?”

Michael Stipe responded:

“I suppose it depends on what you’re trying to get out of it. The life is much more complex than a teenage fantasy. Unless you’re Elvis or Frank Sinatra, you must be able to write your own music. It took me a few records to get that right. But, eventually, I did.

As a creative person, I developed in public. That process was how I became the person I am today. Looking back, I’m pleased with the journey. I have as many problems as anyone, but I’ve most certainly had a very charmed life.”

Later in the conversation, the R.E.M. frontman also talked about the best and worst sides of being a rock star and revealed that not letting go of humanity is the key to being a great artist.