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Hayley Williams: “Two Years Ago I Was Ready To Quit”

Rob Sayce
Rob Sayce 16 March 2017 at 12.05

This is interesting. 

Hayley Williams has appeared on web series Behind The Brand, talking about Paramore, her life and her company goodDYEyoung.

"We've had so many successes and these great achievements, but that shouldn't be the fuel to keep going," she said.

"To be really honest, two years ago I was ready to quit. I'd been through a lot personally, the band had been through a lot, and I doubted if I could write a record that I loved as much as our self-titled record."

"I just thought, I've been stressing this for 13 years. I've been working my ass off for 13 years, since before I had a car...anything that I was mine. The only thing that was mine was this music." 

"I really felt like maybe it was time to hang it up and find out what other things I could be good at, whether that's starting a family, doing hair dye... whatever it was."

"My dad always said 'If you're not happy, just hang it up.' But, I have been unhappy, and I didn't hang it up, and I'm so glad that I didn't."

"Now I look back at the last two years and...the songs we've written for the album that's upcoming, and I just think 'I've pushed myself to a place where I could still hang it up if I wanted to.' It's a choice.

"It's good to see what you're made of. I have been finding that out more recently, I think."

You can watch the interview just below:

Elsewhere in the interview, Hayley spoke in more detail about working on Paramore's upcoming fifth album.

"I've never really struggled with anxiety until these past two years," she explained.

"I felt like... 'What if our fourth album is our last album?' There was even a moment where I thought it should be our last album, because I don't to make a fifth album and it suck."

"I don't want to disappoint myself, more than I don't want to disappoint however many people might buy it. I never made a fifth record before, until me and my friends wrote it and recorded it."

She also said that:

"We're on our fifth album, we've been a band since I was 13, I'm 28 now and I'm still alive." 

"I've been through a lot of pain, I'm still alive, I started a new company which was really scary, I'm still alive. I think that it's because I value [my] gut feeling."

"You'll know if [something] is worth going after or not... you'll know when it's time to try something new. But it's not going to kill you."

Hayley also talked about her hair dye company, goodDYEyoung. In case you're unfamiliar, here's a taster of what it's about.

"To me, the most important part is the community that's built around it," she commented.

"It's great quality, but I feel like the mission around it is even more important. That social mission of just trying to give... young people a place to be weird and try new things."

"It's this healthy way they can learn to express themselves... in way they've never tried to before. It certainly gave me an outlet outside of writing. It was something that I needed, and I'm excited to watch this community grow."

We're a year in right now, and I'm loving how I get to witness it every day, the community online."

So, so cool.

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