Your next two albums are already in the works.
One was mostly done before the Black Album. It’s currently called OK Human and was produced by Jake Sinclair, who did our White Album. The other one, I’m depressed thinking about it. I have this huge emotional block. It’s called Van Weezer, and it’s basically a super-rock album. Like the Blue Album, but more guitar riffs.
You’re developing a setlist generator that ensures no run of songs will be in the same key or tempo. How’s that coming?
It’s driving my manager [Dustin Addis] crazy because he’s thinking from the perspective of production -- like, “When is the pyro going to go off?” Any parameter can be programmed into this. You can get all this data from Spotify on how danceable a song is, then you can sequence your setlist so it builds the right way. We've opened it up to the full catalog of about 200 songs, this next tour is going to be super fun for me. Fans can expect deeper cuts and different songs every night.
You're very tapped into music outside of the band -- who are some artists you’re liking?
One of the programs I made is a meta playlist that goes to about 10 different Spotify playlists and scrapes the top songs from there, and takes songs from my favorite albums or albums I'm interested in, then shuffles them all together and gives me about 75 songs every day. That's what I listen to. It's called **eclectricity.** It's public, there are many Weezer fans who follow it. It's a good mix of old music that I'm unfamiliar with, like classic, indie, punk, new wave, then 50 percent the very latest pop and indie music. I go through music super fast. I can hear a song once or twice, and I'm like, “okay, that's awesome, let me listen to something else now, I never need to hear that again.” I love hearing things I haven't heard before.
What have you developed outside of music applications?
I recently put up this video [on YouTube] explaining a program I wrote [for the final project in his CS 50x online class at Harvard] called Drivetimes, which decides when I’m going to leave a venue [to optimize travel logistics]. It helps alleviate all the decision-making. I got a 95 percent. I really love programming; it’s taking over all my music time.