The Darkeness’ Justin Hawkins On The Difference Between A Pop And Rock Star

What’s the difference between a pop star and a rock star?

I think it’s all to do with genre and attitude. I think a pop star is a much more corporate existence. Having never been a pop star, I can imagine you’re much more at the mercy of whatever the wave of popularity is doing. You have to be aware of what people want to listen to. You have to do what gets on the radio. And it’s much more conformist, I think, for better or worse. I do think there’s some great songs in pop music, because a great song will transcend genre. The difference between a pop star and a rock star is a rock star is chasing an emotion at the expense of everything, and risks everything in pursuit of a feeling and an existence that is completely at odds with what it means to be a pop star. A pop star is somebody that does what they’re told, maintaining their status at the very top of the tree. When you’re a rock enthusiast, being anywhere near the tree is a bonus.