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The rules according to Kid Rock

By Ian Youngs
Music reporter, BBC News

Kid Rock
Kid Rock's first album was released 18 years ago and he is now 37

He has sold more than 20 million albums, had a short-lived marriage to Pamela Anderson and gained a reputation as one of rock's biggest party animals.

Kid Rock is one of music's most successful, outspoken and colourful characters.

His latest album Rock 'n' Roll Jesus went to number one in the US and his new single All Summer Long is out in the UK next month.

Here, Kid Rock reveals his top five commandments for making music and surviving as a star.

'START WITH THE SONGS'
It all starts from a good song.

That's what equals success in this business - good songs and good music that connects with the people. Trying to get it through the powers that be to get to the people, that's the hard part. But a good song will always break down those walls.

I don't think there's any secret to putting on a great show - it all stems from good songs. Once you have good songs, it's about crafting your trade.

'ENJOY THE FRUITS OF SUCCESS'

I look at it every day that I'm the most fortunate person on earth.

Sometimes I like to close down the pool at the hotel and have some fans over and everybody get naked

I enjoy it and I have fun, but at the end of the day I try not to hurt anyone and really enjoy life.

Honestly, what I like to do on the road is enjoy the fruits of our success. I like to take people to dinner. I like to take my band and friends to dinner and pay for it and enjoy being around them because they're like family.

Sometimes I like to close down the pool at the hotel we're staying at and have some fans over and everybody gets naked and goes for a swim.

'STAND BY YOUR FRIENDS'

Always stand up for what you believe in.

I stick by my friends and family, through thick and thin.

Kid Rock
Rock 'n' Roll Jesus was number one in the US in November

Even if somebody did something wrong who was close to me, I would take their side and pull them aside later and tell them that they were wrong. But I would always stand by them in the moment.

That causes a lot of problems, but those problems are what make you stronger. You need some scars, some cuts for people to identify, especially when you're in the public eye, for people to know who you are.

That translates to my music, which is I think why I've been so successful because people believe me when they hear my music and they see me that that's really me.

'HANG OUT WITH DECORATORS'

I'm a skilled craftsman in my trade.

I look in the mirror and look at other musicians and say: 'Am I as good as them, am I better?' And I always thought I was.

And I always surround myself with good people. My dad always told me: 'If you want to be a painter, don't hang out with a carpenter.'

So I surrounded myself with the best painters that I could and I've tried to learn from them.

'STEAL EVERYTHING'

I don't mind people stealing my music, that's fine. But I think they should steal everything.

You know how much money Tommy Hilfiger has? If you need a new laptop or a new iPod, you know how much money Steve Jobs and Apple have?

If you're going to steal music, steal everything. You know how much money the oil companies have? If you need some gas, just go fill your tank up and drive off, they're not going to miss it.

Do I steal things? No, I don't steal things. I'm rich.



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