That’s Magazine interviews Mars about work on his 3rd album and his creative process.
I want to write better songs, I want to put on better shows, I want to make better music videos. I want my next album to be better than the first and the second. I don’t sit down and think, I’m going to write a song. Inspiration hits me always unexpectedly, on a plane, when I’m out or just before I go to bed. An idea will suddenly come to my mind, and sometimes I manage to turn it into lyrics the next day. Sometimes it’ll take me one year to get something real out of it. You can’t force creativeness.