After six years off and the addition of three new members, Third Eye Blind returned to music this year with new album Dopamine. Lead singer and founding member Stephan Jenkins came to realize the importance of making the music first and worrying about the money later, and he sat down with Rolling Stone to discuss just that in the latest episode of our weekly series “The Encore.”
“Third Eye Blind was me carting amps up the stairs at the Mabuhay Gardens, getting to the top of the steps and having the bass player quit because there weren’t enough drugs available,” Jenkins reminisces. From there, the singer and guitarist explores how label interference led to the band losing control.
Until Dopamine, Jenkins hated the album-making process, but the band’s three new members “shook up the whole Etch-A-Sketch” for him. Now, he has a more “liberating” view of the music-making and monetization process. “What I want to do in the future when I write a song is to not overthink it, record it, post it and then we’ll figure out how to monetize it,” Jenkins offers. “Or the people at my record company will figure out how to do this because they’re actually freaking out about me saying this.”