Being an artist who rose to prominence in the 1980s on a major label, how do you feel about the brave, new, independent world you are now in?

I love the brave, new, independent world I’m now in! In some ways, it’s like I’ve come full circle to where I started, back to my first band with David Roback and to the early days of the Bangles. The DIY movement was happening then, too, and we were part of a very interesting cultural scene that was taking place in Bay Area and Los Angeles.

It feels much simpler, somehow, to move forward without having to factor in pleasing the middle man. That direct connection between the artist and the audience is what has always exhilarated me. My goal is to make music that I feel excited about and then share it with the listener. And, hopefully, they will enjoy it and connect with it, as well.