EVANESCENCE Frontwoman: 'To Try To Top Record Sales Is Stupid And Impossible'

MuchMusic.com caught up with EVANESCENCE frontwoman Amy Lee for the "Coupla Questions" feature. An excerpt from the chat follows:

MuchMusic.com: There's a lot of talk about expectations for this album ["The Open Door", due Oct. 3] — it's your sophomore album, you can expect that. But what's your biggest expectation?

Amy: I feel like my expectations were going to be for the outcome of the music. That's already done, so I feel completely accomplished! I had tons of huge expectations for myself. I wanted to do things bigger and better and more emotional and more personal and more intimate than anything I've ever done. I wanted to do something better than "Fallen". I don't think that's hard. To try to top record sales is stupid and impossible because if you're trying to be an artist and your only goal is money, then you're never going to come up with a good piece of art. I was really just concentrating on music and all the things I wanted to try, and all the ways I wanted to branch out and incorporate different sounds into our music and different instruments, and more personal lyrics. To me, I really feel that I've accomplished everything I wanted to, and I feel satisfied. What everyone else expects, I don't know! We'll see. I'm sure that they can't possibly expect what's coming.

MuchMusic.com: The imagery for this album is beautiful. Do you have input on that like you do with your clothes?

Amy: I actually designed the album cover. I drew the door, and there's this waterfall — I'm gonna put it online, I keep meaning to do it but I've been so busy. But, I drew it and I showed it to my manager who showed it to the label and was like, this is my vision for the album, she's walking out the open door and I want to call it "The Open Door". And when I showed up to the photo shoot, I thought we were just going to find a big door but they'd actually recreated and drawn a full scale picture of the door I had drawn! Which was really awesome! I love it. I'm very involved with the art and the videos and clothing and everything else.

Read the rest of the interview at www.muchmusic.com.

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