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" My only incentive is to write music that changes me, where the process of making it is a discovery and is true in some way, at that moment. "
" I've never done anything like 'Brotherhood' before. It was a great challenge to take up a part in a live audience sitcom - it was amazing. "
" The moment you have children, it's like your heart gets out of your body, puts on clothes, and walks away. "
" The world that I know and the world that I come from is from the arts, and my wife's an artist, and I've been a musician since I left college, and there's tons of musicians I'd love to play. "
" I guess I started writing poetry and stuff and then decided to set it to music. "
" If you're in a garage band, it's about being better than the band in the next-door garage. But in the folk tradition, it's more a vibe of sharing. "
" I'm married to the girl that I first went out with when I was 16. We were on and off for years; now we're married with a kid, so I don't have that many exes. "
" Bob Dylan has and Einstein had their own way of perceiving the universe and translating it for us. "
" I think the two are kind of synonymous for me; songwriting is like my form of diary making. It's how I process the world. Without doing that, I feel kind of lost. The characters that I play often come out in the songs and the challenges that they face, albeit in an abstract way. "
" I have a classical music background. I studied violin and trumpet. "
" In my mind, there's usually a fairly definitive kind of narrative when I write. But I don't want to enforce that on other people. I think that's why I like using metaphor so much. "
" The Band mean a lot to me in terms of what I aspire to achieve with my group, as the music they made went against the fashion of the time. "
" The reason I stopped music for a while and concentrated on theatre was that it was more conducive to parenting; having the days free was quite handy. I love them both. I hope I don't have to compromise one for the other. "
" It's great being an actor and being part of a play or a film where there's usually quite a big group of people who are collaborating, and your job is really to fit in and share that energy. With music, because I write the songs, it's a broader, more abstract process. "
" I think everyone in their 30s looks back at their 20s and thinks, 'Oh God, if I'd just done this and this, and not done that.' "
" I don't really write songs. They're just there anyway, chiseling away at the atmosphere, and suddenly they're like, 'Oh, thanks for coming. Thanks for finding me. We'll share each other now.' "
" I had a series of jobs in the small fishing village in West Wales where my family lived when I was a teenager. I worked as a fisherman in the day, and then the skipper and his wife ran a small restaurant - she'd cook the fish he caught. "
" I find it hugely exciting to be dealing with another writer's language. "
" I'm not a funny person. "
" I like the idea of letting the music do its own work and the stories being more expressionful - if that's a word - in people's imagination. I've just got a thing about people and songs telling you how you should feel. "
" I like really bad puns - proper, red-top, nasty puns - I find them funny. "
" When I first moved to London, there was talk of a folk revival, with annoying names like nu-folk that made me feel slightly ill. "
" The thing I find really special in performance is that there is this slightly mystical thing that takes over when you're responding to a crowd and engaging in people's imaginations collectively in a room. I've always thought that one of the most incredible things about being alive is going to see some kind of performance like that. "
" In my early twenties, the whole experience of going on tour was like losing myself in this slightly wild environment. "
" The truth is there's always a hum of people playing folk music in cities. "
" My dad was working class. "
" I imagine that, for most people, acting isn't something they think is a viable option, whereas for me, it was the most viable option. No adults around me knew how to do anything else. "
" We had no money, my dad was out of work a lot, and we never owned a house. It was very hand-to-mouth. "
" It's great to be able to write songs and draw on life, to write truthfully, and to be able to do that, it's good to be exploring other stuff as well. "
" I'm not a fan of taking too long in the studio. I always do one vocal take and jump out of the control room, and people push me back in... It's a real turn-off to hear things that are too polished. I feel like I've almost fought for the right to be that kind of musician - we used to be on a major label, and now we're on an indie. "
" I did a lot of theater as a young actor in my early twenties, and my first few records really came from writing songs through the rehearsal processes. "