Over three years, we've done a number of interviews on the site, from musicians involved in everything from metal to 8-bit, ukuleles to funk. As a short compendium, here are a few of our favorite quotes from our most recent interviews, with links to put them all into context.
Above photo of Ben Sollee.
"The great thing about James Brown is there’s so many people there inside him. Entrepreneur, politician, civil rights activist, republican, musician, dancer." - RJ Smith, from "Capturing the Life of a Legend"
"It's easier to sell a "sound" or a "look" than a set of ideas. It's simpler to think of punk as a bunch of bros with tall hair, tall socks, and Dickies shorts jumping up and down and singing sophomoric lyrics than to consider the metaphors and angular dissonance of Richard Hell. It's simpler to think of jazz as voice lead blues progressions accompanied by chord scales than to consider the political and social statements behind European free jazz. It's simpler to think of black metal as Satan worship and brutality than to consider the multitude of possibilities afforded musicians working in such dark realms." - Tad Piecka, from "Erasing Orthodoxy With Petrychor"
"I don’t know how I ended up doing this. And it’s not always easy; there are people out there who want to destroy you. But you know, I tend to have just gotten stronger, which is weird. I’m even a better lover than I used to be, which is weird." - Matt Pond PA, from "Now A Better Lover, Fan of The Letter 'S'"
"Yeah, musically I wanted to create this kind of pleasant melody but the song is really about me being aware of people that you come across in the music industry who are, for the lack of a better word, full of shit. I mean... if you're gonna give me some bad news, I'd rather you be honest and direct about it rather than tell me lies so I could feel good and keep my spirits up." - Dick Prall, from "The Sound of Integrity"
"...whatever is left of the music industry is based on touring. It depends on live acts." - Donovan Lyman, from "Donovan Lyman of Blue Meridian on D.I.Y. Success, L.A."
"I think that our generation is used used to music that "hits" us a lot harder on a sound level. The pressure of sound that we are used to when we go to venues or listen to recordings is exponentially stronger than what an orchestra commonly produces at an acoustic hall. I don't think the orchestra has to cater exactly to that, but they have to at least realize or keep in touch with it." - Ben Sollee, from "Bikes and Honesty"