The Decemberists’ Colin Meloy Opens Up About Lifelong Anxiety, Impostor Syndrome

Episode 165

1st July 2024

The eloquent lyricist, singer, and author talks about a constant state of pressure.

Episode notes

The Decemberists have been making memorable, popular, and critically acclaimed music for over twenty years and for that entire time, lead singer and songwriter Colin Meloy has battled the feeling that he’s secretly a fraud. And the more success he’s had with his career, the more he’s been at the head of a large organization upon which people earn their livelihood, the more that feeling grew. Colin hasn’t gone into much detail about this interviews over the years but he does so in this honest and vulnerable conversation that also touches on his long-standing issues with anxiety and the formative challenge of a parent who discouraged him from pursuing the arts as a profession.

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