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" Analysis is like a lobotomy. Who wants to have all their edges shaved off? "
" With pop music, the format dictates the form to a big degree. Just think of the pop single. It has endured as a form even in the download age because bands conform to a strict format, and work, often very productively, within the parameters. "
" I always think the everyday is more relevant than anything too grand because we all have to deal with it. "
" On a bike, being just slightly above pedestrian and car eye level, one gets a perfect view of the goings-on in one's own town. "
" My favorite time of day is to get up and eat leftovers from dinner, especially spicy food. "
" We don't make music - it makes us. "
" I do seem to like to combine the dramatic emotional warmth of strings with the grooves and body business of drums and bass. "
" Physical contact is a human necessity. "
" Software constraints are only confining if you use them for what they're intended to be used for. "
" I subscribe to the myth that an artist's creativity comes from torment. Once that's fixed, what do you draw on? "
" Yeah, it's pretty hard not to be completely cynical these days. "
" I didn't have any agenda or plan when I started writing stuff. "
" With music, you often don't have to translate it. It just affects you, and you don't know why. "
" I try to devote my afternoons to making music in my home studio, but it's a lot more fun hanging out with musicians and friends, and trying subtly to influence a band than making your own stuff. "
" I think sometimes - not always - I write songs that are accessible. "
" Technology has allowed people to make records really cheap. You can make a record on a laptop. "
" I meet young people who know me and are familiar with my stuff. They know the package. They might have cherry-picked five or six key tunes. That's how it seems to work. I sometimes wonder if they realise they are not getting the whole context. "
" I couldn't take pictures of green rolling hills. "
" Artists are notoriously snooty and suspicious of anything coming from the business community. "
" In a certain way, it's the sound of the words, the inflection and the way the song is sung and the way it fits the melody and the way the syllables are on the tongue that has as much of the meaning as the actual, literal words. "
" The imminent demise of the large record companies as gatekeepers of the world's popular music is a good thing, for the most part. "
" Real beauty knocks you a little bit off kilter. "
" There's something about music that encourages people to want to know more about the person that made it, and where it was recorded, what year it was done, what they were listening to, and all this kind of stuff. There's something that invites all this obsessive behavior. "
" I can't deny that label-support gave me a leg up - though not every successful artist needs it. "
" I use a stream-of-consciousness approach; if you don't censor yourself, you end up with what you're most concerned about, but you haven't filtered it through your conscious mind. Then you craft it. "
" There are plenty of people who are, I think, completely racist who love hip-hop. "
" When things get so absurd and so stupid and so ridiculous that you just can't bear it, you cannot help but turn everything into a joke. "
" I came to New York to be a fine artist - that was my ambition. "
" Yeah, I like to keep myself interested - I'll kind of throw myself into some area that I don't completely know or understand, that I'm not adept at, so I'm forced to swim in order to stay afloat. There's a good feeling that comes from that. "
" The Heads were the only band on that scene that had a groove. "
" Some artists and indie musicians see Spotify fairly positively - as a way of getting noticed, of getting your music out there where folks can hear it risk-free. "