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" A big part of the Motown formula was, they took music and turned it into this sort of automotive assembly line. They were cranking out 10 songs a day in that studio, or more. "
" A lot of people think I live in a soul bubble. "
" Barry White, Smokey Robinson and Curtis Mayfield are big influences for me. But I'm also a metal head. I was in a bunch of punk rock bands. The Bee Gees, hip-hop and the Beach Boys are just as much of an influence on me as Smokey. "
" Breakfast is the most important meal of the day and I definitely have a hearty breakfast before I do anything. "
" Drums, bass, guitar, keys, I play a little of each of those. "
" Even when I was a hip-hop DJ I always kept it classy. The motto is always 'flashy but classy.' You've got to be original and stand out from the crowd and take some chances. But you've always got to keep it classy. "
" Everybody comments that I'm white. I'm surprised I haven't gotten more criticism for it. I'm always expecting any day now it's gonna come. I guess I just attribute the lack of hate to people hearing the music and hearing how much I genuinely love it. "
" Gary Numan had a huge influence on both my music and my style. He had his own unique fashion sense - that futuristic space style. It was out there. "
" I consider myself to have a decent sense of humor. What's life without a sense of humor? "
Sense Of Humor
" I couldn't live in L.A. and not be close to the beach, you know, that's like the whole thing. I don't understand people who don't live by the beach. Why would you not? "
" I didn't appreciate Mick Jagger until I got older, and mainly because of the Mick Jagger swagger. He defined that for the world. He was bold and adventurous with it, too - just the ultimate rock star. "
" I DJ all the time, as much as I possibly can. I'll never stop. That's my security blanket, that's what I'm good at. I still consider myself a better DJ than a singer. I can DJ in my sleep. "
" I don't think I've ever had more fun doing anything in my life than trading verses with Daryl Hall on 'Private Eyes.' That's as fun as it gets. "
" I don't want kids listening to my music thinking it's for their parents. I want them to feel it's theirs. "
" I grew up in Ann Arbor, about 25 miles west of Detroit. And when you grow up in that area, you get a healthy dose of Motown automatically. "
" I just want to have fun and party with everyone around the world. That's the only rule, to have fun. "
" I just want to make music as long as I can and reach as many people as I can. "
" I learn the most from trial and error. I learn about what I'd like to be able to do from people like Barbara Mason. Saying I want to sing like Barbara Mason and doing it, it's two very different scenarios. "
" I love doing things that people don't expect. "
" I make soul music for hip-hop heads. It's music I'd want to sample if I were a rapper. "
" I'm a serious student of music, a perfectionist in the studio, and I take the arrangement and production of it very seriously, down to the mixing and mastering even. But at the same time I'm having so much fun with it. I try not to take myself so seriously. "
" I never have, but I would love to pick R. Kelly's brain. "
" I really don't care at all what people call me as long as they're listening to the music and talking about it. They can call me a space-jazz flautist. I don't care at all. "
" I really love rap music. I grew up in the '80s and '90s with Public Enemy, N.W.A., LL Cool J - I'm a hip-hop encyclopedia. But I got kind of frustrated with the chauvinistic side of rap music, the one that makes it hard to write songs about love and relationships. "
" I shopped at J. Crew in high school, I studied computer science. I was a nerd-nerd, now I'm a music-nerd. "
" I think that Detroiters are some of the most resilient people in the world. "
" I think that what happens is that all of my modern influences blend together with the older soul influences and you get Mayer Hawthorne. "
" I try to make sure that I make music that can stand the test of time. "
" It's important that when kids are listening to my music they don't think of it as their parent's music. "
" I've always been the DJ or the bass player or the drummer, somebody in the background. I don't think anybody who knows me personally would say that I'm particularly shy or introverted, but I'm definitely not like Mr. Attention. "
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