You have to believe that people don't want what you think they're going to like, you know? They want what you like. Once you start doing that, you actually start connecting with people.

Sometimes it's really quick, and sometimes it's really long. There's no formula for writing songs.

The only people playing the roles of classic rock stars are hip-hop artists, now. Kanye's stage persona, and the way he approaches making albums, and the way he wants to be better than everyone else? That's reminiscent of Freddie Mercury. That's reminiscent of the Beatles.

I love ABC Family!

When you start writing songs on your own, there's no Bible, there's no one around you, so you're just writing, and you're left with, like, the dead space in your head to know if it's a good song or an interesting concept.

I grew up on Raffi. That was my first impression of what a rock star was.

I want to come and play in cities and states where transgender citizens are not discriminated against, where there's no hateful bathroom bills at the shows where I'm going to be playing.

When you go all over the world for work, your dream vacation is your bedroom.

'Glee' is one of the very few mainstream outlets that is giving a voice to communities of people that don't necessarily have a loud voice, specifically the gay community. It gives a really positive and forward statement.

In this business, it's important to constantly do things that you don't know how to do. I love touring and making records, but I've learned how to do that, so sometimes you just have to dive in and try it.

The first band I was ever in, I played guitar. We did Gary Glitter and Green Day covers at the time. We were called Fizz. I have no idea why we picked that. We were, like, 12 years old.

I'm not super into sports.

You can look at someone and get to know their music and say, 'This is someone who I want to work with.'

I have no problem being mainstream. I grew up in the '90s when the mainstream was amazing.

There's nothing more adult than being ripped away from friends and family, you know? Having to manage a life when you're not fully there, manage a life when you don't make a lot of money. It's very adult.

For me, a perfect pop song is something like 'This Year,' by the Mountain Goats.

When you constantly revisit things, it's hard to know if you're freezing in time or if you're a brilliant adult who's working through it. I think about that in therapy, talking about the same things over and over again.

I feel like I missed a whole period of my childhood because I had a bunch of stressful things happen to me when I was like 17, 18, when people usually feel the most free in life, like going to college and like anything is possible.

I've worked so hard for so long, and everyone's reaction has made me feel like... almost like they trust me, which is just a wonderful feeling. It pushes me to write things better and better.

To grow up five miles outside of the greatest city in the world is a bizarre experience.

The connection I make with being young and growing up is, like, the feeling of not being crushed by the world. Having an idea, thinking you can do it.

I never understood the idea of canceling a show when you don't like the politics of a specific state.

I don't really look back or forward too much. That's not to say I live in the moment, because I struggle with that as well.

I think men are, like, repulsive, and I prefer being in a room with women. I think they're often just more interesting.

It's really easy to end up on the 'Daily Mail' if you put yourself in situations where you'll end up on the 'Daily Mail,' and it's really easy to not if you don't do that.

If you're in a conversation with me, the last thing I'll probably say when I'm walking away is, 'Thank you and sorry.'

I've never really identified with the way a typical alpha male views women. It's always an awkward forum for me to hang out with another guy and talk about girls, because I can't really find a way to fit in.

Of course, the majority of us would speak up in the face of outrageous bigotry, but do we speak up in a social situation when someone casually refers to something as 'gay'? If we don't, we are standing with the homophobes whom we are quietly fighting.

When I work with other people, I don't have to do that - it's because I love to do it and I want to do it.

I started buying vinyl records when I got into punk music because, in the punk scene in New Jersey, vinyl was more like a necessity than a luxury.

For better or for worse, I just have to be on tour for some portion of the year. But it's not easy, you know. It's not easy on the people you love, and I understand when people look at this life and say this isn't sustainable.

My parents had a house on the Jersey shore - I grew up right there, going down there every summer and living there. It is home for me.

One thing a lot of people don't know about Fun. was that the three of us all came from 10 years of touring with our own projects. That's how we met, actually.

I could probably name thousands of albums that I want.

I feel very, very, very intent on only releasing things that I believe are fully worthy.

I've ended up on some website list or some other list for super right-wing people. They've been tweeting some pretty rude stuff at me, so I think there's a sect of America out there that doesn't like certain opinions and can really take their claws out when they don't like what you're saying.

People identify with other people for different reasons, and I personally am really comfortable around lesbians because, in some ways, we view women the same way.

It's a really natural thing: The people closest in your life are the people you want the first opinions from. At the end of the day, if you're not trying to impress those people first, then I think there's something wrong there.

It just seems like the most fun thing in the world. I've never met people who have kids who haven't looked me in the eye and been like, 'It's the greatest thing that's ever happened.'

At least for me, any time I've been in hotbeds of creativity, I got excited about something that wasn't coming from me.

I hear my songs being sung by females before I change them and make them into my voice.

What song have you played 10,000 times? It's probably not something basic. It's probably a song that validates your experience on Earth.

When I was growing up, it was a lot of punk and hardcore music going on in legion halls and firehouses, and we'd play those shows, and it was very Jersey. It was very suburban, and there's just a great pride there.

What sets 'Some Nights' apart from anything we've ever done is the hip-hop influence. Not so much the actual sound of hip-hop, but more the vibrato and the artistry that comes with it. Right now, the artists that seem to be pushing to be the greatest artists and are trying to change the world are hip-hop artists.

I just work a lot. I just remember recording in a hotel room in Malaysia. I work on planes, I work on buses. A lot of times when I'm backstage in the hotel or on the bus, I would have new ideas.

That's what is incredible about human beings, is the choice to keep going.

When you're in a band, it's like everyone's the CEO, and anyone could destroy it at any moment.

It really is true that when an issue becomes pop culture, it changes faster, and it's really great for the issue.

The easiest way I can describe what makes a pop song a pop song is that it's a song you want to hear over and over.