We're always working on our communication, which is something that's important. Instead of going through managers to discuss things, we will sit down and have meetings about things. That's a process. And you have to be able to be honest with each other as much as you can.

Mike McCready

Mike McCready

Profession: Musician
Nationality: American

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We try to keep everything as in-house and small and as punk rock and do-it-yourself as we can. That's part of our way of doing business.

There's this idea that, 'All I have at the end of the day is my mind.' That's the only thing you can control. I believe that.

After Mad Season, I started writing my own music for Pearl Jam and brought it in. 'Given To Fly' came out of that, and so did 'Faithful' - those were on 'Yield,' which came after Mad Season.

I think I bought into that whole rock n' roll lifestyle, and all that does in the end is kill ya. So I don't recommend it to anyone.

When we're not doing any Pearl Jam stuff, that's when I'll probably think of doing something else, whether that be scoring - hopefully more opportunities will come - or doing a solo thing.

There's no time for regrets. You've just got to keep moving forward.

I still believe guitars will be around as long as there's rock music.

I try to dig deep into my soul to figure out something positive in the pain. I think I go to certain places when I play to heal.

I hold Mad Season very fondly to my heart, and there's a lot of sadness in that, too.

I like 'X-Files'-type shows with government conspiracies and extraterrestrials and all that.

Crohn's doesn't define who you are. You are a human being; you are special and a great addition to society. Crohn's is just a part of your life. Try to be positive and proactive - therein lies the solution.

Duff McKagen's been a dear friend of mind for a long time, and he's a Seattlelite.

When they're singing the guitar lines of songs in South America? Never heard that before. And in Canada, when they're singing all of the lyrics to every song - that blows me away. I don't know all the lyrics to every song.

I've met a ton of new people who have colitis or Crohn's. Talking to them has been probably the most healing thing: to hear other people's attitudes on how they deal with their disease and how they stay positive.