Rudeness is something I just can't tolerate.
You can only mentor somebody if they want to be.
The record producer is the music world's equivalent of a film director.
There's a lot about New York that is unique, and there's always a culture and a subculture going on everywhere.
When you get to know an artist, you find out the things that have peeved them over the years, and it's generally the stuff that has to do with somebody not wanting to do things their way in the studio.
If you follow anything that I've ever done, I never stick to one thing more than one year. I'm just afraid to get typecast.
I started playing the violin at age 3, and I was very fortunate because there were people who heard me who were influential in getting me auditions. By the time I was 7, I was playing concerts - it was just ridiculous.
If an artist wants to work with me because they feel I've made some credible albums and there've been things that are long-lasting, it's because those artists took the time and we built an idea.