Originally Posted by Deathmetalconga
Good points. People with self-destructive urges, I've noticed, tend to produce a certain kind of work. Those urges color their creativity and they've produced some very enduring art that way.
Every time I watch a special on VH-1 about a band, almost every time you hear the term "tortured soul" or "personal demons" to describe the song writer(s).
I know an experienced producer, and one day he told every singer he's worked with either comes from a messed up back ground (inspiration) or is just so level headed they can let the music flow. In his opinion, there is no middle ground.