Has there been one lesson that you have really taken away from these two years?
If it wasn't for the last minute nothing get done. There's no road map. We're like fucking Lewis and Clark (From an adjacent room, someone calls: "Get over it.") Get over it. That's it. I like that. That's our lesson. We had to get over ourselves. You can't plan for shit. The best thing you can do is set things in motion and then take things as they come.
Can we play time traveler for a second? If 2014 Kaveh could give 2012 Kaveh one piece of advice about Blank Space, what would it be?
Don't make any promises. Don't make a single promise.
Because the reality of the situation vastly, vastly outstrips what you're actually going to live up to. You tell someone something, and circumstances may not allow you to do that. I don't know if you've ever read the book Ishmael, but in that book there's this notion that human culture splits into two groups: takers and leavers. Those that left the world in the hands of the gods and those who took the fate of the world into their own hands. There's no such thing as a successful taker. You can't do that. You can't think you have any notion of what's going to end up happening.
To that point, what would you expect Blank Space to be in another two years?
I don't know. I think the whole point is to not expect anything. I think that's the lesson that we learned -- to not have any expectations about what's going to happen. You just got to take it as it comes.
I think the goal for me in life, which is something I've personally learned from Blank Space, is to literally destroy expectation. Eliminate it. Expectations leads to unhappiness, as far as I'm concerned. Expectation leads to disappointment. Disappointment leads to unhappiness. Why set yourself up for that? You start making decisions based on what your expectations are, and you miss the forest through the trees.
Blank Space Two-Year Anniversary: KneeGrow Pleez, Cocoa Butter, Thurs., March 20, free. Rich Medina, Iman Omari, Teresa Jenee, DJ Needles, Fri., March 21, $10. MNDSGN, Hawthorne Headhunters, So Many Dynamos, 18andCounting, Centipede, MME, Sat., March 22, $10.
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