I was thinking that people have to believe you're crazy in order to take you seriously as an artist. If you're wandering the streets, talking in gibberish, nobody ever asks you to change anything about your art because there's no context for people to look at what you do
Brian Joseph Burton (born July 29, 1977), better known by his stage name Danger Mouse, is an American musician, songwriter and producer. He was born in White Plains, New York and spent much of his childhood in Spring Valley, New York. He came to prominence in 2004 when he released The Grey Album, which combined vocal performances from Jay-Z’s The Black Album with instrumentals from The Beatles’ The Beatles (aka The White Album). He formed Gnarls Barkley with CeeLo Green and produced its albums St. Elsewhere and The Odd Couple. He produced the second Gorillaz album, 2005’s Demon Days, as well as Beck’s 2008 record Modern Guilt and the album Attack & Release with The Black Keys in 2008. In 2009 he collaborated with James Mercer of the indie rock band The Shins to form the band Broken Bells. He has been nominated for a Grammy Award in the Producer of the Year category five times, and won the award in 2011.