I understand you started the band rather casually without many expectations. Do you believe art is always best created with spontaneity? Is your process more calculated now that you’ve found success?
There's a good mix of both. In order to finish any good idea you need to have vision and execution which is more calculated, but spontaneity is good for coming up with ideas and changes.
You both seem to split frontman duties 50/50 more or less. How does this work?
We are finding our roles more and more as we grow together. We never plan for it to be perfectly split, but it does seem to balance out.
Many people consider indie pop to be a bit of a contradiction yet you guys blend the two worlds perfectly. Do you consider yourselves to be more of one or the other? How do you find balance?
We are just trying to make pop music in the old sense of the word. We'd like to make a popular song that has some substance to it.
How has the Motown style popular in your native Detroit and the presence of legends such as Jack White influenced your music?
Greatly. There is pride that comes from being from Detroit. You respect the history and feel responsible for the future. Makes us work hard at writing good songs.
You recently made a hip hop mixtape, can you tell us a little about that?
It has been a dream for a while. We really like making beats and producing other people’s tracks. It was a way for us to let people know what we can do.
I heard Paul Simon worked on your new album in some capacity, what was that like?
It was wild to get his thoughts. He didn't just have general thoughts either. He gave some recording tips that really worked well for "War Zone."
What’s next for Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr.?
I need some lunch.