"I would be having the time of my life if my only dream was to be a rockstar and get laid, Which is cool – I mean, don’t get me wrong. But that’s not why I got into it. I got into it because I felt… when you feel serious pain and serious depression in your life, like “what can I do?” Your fists clench and you have to do something or you’re just going to kill yourself because you don’t understand. It’s so much frustration. But the only thing that you can do about it is work really hard on whatever is. I’m talking about slaving over shit. You focus on one thing. It becomes special. I would think nothing but music. That’s all I can do."
— Julian Casablancas (2002)