How did you go from acting to music?
It's more like a segue. It's not like I've given up the acting thing, but I've been doing music for 15 years. It all started with me and Michael Damian when we were doing Dream a Little Dream. We co-wrote and produced the soundtrack. I've just worked my way up from there.
Has it been a rough transition?
Most of the time if you're an actor and you switch to music, people refuse to take you seriously, particularly if you're a teen star. But I think lately there's an influx of talented stars on both sides. Just look at Jennifer Lopez, Cher, and Madonna.
Who are your influences?
I believe music should be a crossbreed of storytelling and adventure, and that's why I've always respected Pink Floyd and the Beatles. You'll find all kinds of influences in my music--there's a little there for everyone, from Nine Inch Nails to the Red Hot Chili Peppers, from Def Leppard to the Who.
So your band is called The Truth Movement. What's that name about?
Well, as the name says, it's about truth. There's so much bullshit out there now, and this latest album is about cutting through that. To do that, my message doesn't have to be social or political, it can just be about a bad breakup or a shitty day.
What can music do to change society?
Music is the number one most powerful medium when it comes to art forms. When you look at an era like the '60s or the '70s, bands like the Beatles, or Paul McCartney? They were influencing [the war in] Vietnam.
Do you ever hang out with Corey Haim these days?
Well, he's moved to Canada, and we haven't really worked together in about five years. We haven't really socialized, but, you know, I still really respect him. We parted amiably.
What's happened to Michael Jackson, by the way? Do you think he's gone crazy?
Well, we're definitely not friends like we used to be, and you wouldn't really find his influence in my music. I do hope the best for him, though. People say he's crazy, but you know, when you're under constant media supervision, what can you expect? I think he's brilliant, and we all know there's a fine line between brilliance and insanity.