It took Haruki Murakami three years to complete 1Q84, the Japanese author's nearly 1,000-page surrealist novel set in a fictionalized 1984 Tokyo. He described his creative process in a 2011 interview with The Guardian as "routine," waking each morning well before sunrise, diving straight into his "subconsciousness," and then writing until noon.
By comparison, Of Montreal's Kevin Barnes pens melodies while doing the dishes.
For Barnes, it was a long, personal path to becoming a professional musician.
"No level of encouragement would get me to the point that I'm at now," he says. "You need people along the way to make you feel okay about what you're doing. You need people to tell you that you don't suck. But at the same time, no level of encouragement is going to make an artist out of somebody."
Persistence and passion paid off when Of Montreal released its first studio LP, 1997's Cherry Peel, as a three-piece indie pop-rock outfit on Bar None Records.
Today, the band has come a long way and is kicking off its 18 city tour in... More >>>