The most suffocating thing you can do as an artist & indeed as a person it to limit yourself to one way of doing things
Amanda Palmer “I would say it took me a good ten years to shed every last ounce of stage fright I grew up with.”
It’s best to stick with people who love & understand you, through that you”ll find the peace you are searching for with time. It might be best to also stop hurting yourself with your own thoughts too.
Listen to your gut, give it time & don’t push too hard. It’s just as important to find the right people & develop relationships as it is to find talented musicians & develop your sound. Friendship makes it work.
I think great live performances are imperative to success as an artist & it’s actually what I’m most comfortable with. I grew up super shy with really bad stage fright – I learned & have done more live performances than I’ve recorded.
No matter how strong the storm is you will come out still a rainbow, you can’t have a rainbow without a little rain.
I refuse to release any music that I don’t fully believe in. Music should be visceral & beautiful, it should sting, while reminding you how lucky you are that you get to listen.
I have a lot of raw emotion that I want to get out & I find writing music to be that for me. I can be expressive with my words & the beauty of it is, it can be interpreted to my listeners own personal experiences.
The industry is right behind those acts that dress in dungarees with moustaches howling down the mic, which is great but I feel like we’re not introducing anything new. Time for a greek guitar slinger to stand & sing about KFC & Uber, don’t ya think 😉
The point is that artists can’t just pick & choose what the muse is. It has to be uncovered. Then it becomes intentional. If the light bulb doesn’t go off in your head, don’t do it. Don’t write it or cover it unless you’re sure that it moves you.
Authentic music will always find an audience. I really think there’s an appetite & pent up desire for something authentic, and I’m sure it’s out there somewhere. I’ve heard bands lately, and I can’t figure out why they bother. And don’t get me started on tribute bands.
I have serious doubts about the future of rock & roll. I don’t really hear anyone doing it. It’s a lot of DJs & rappish kind of stuff, singing to a backing track or jam bands & tribute/cover bands, which I don’t get at all. It’s like why would you go see people playing other people’s music?
Bruce Lee was a hero of mine growing up, I’ve probably seen Enter The Dragon more times than any other movie. He was ahead of his time, not just in terms of martial arts & being an Asian actor, but he was also a great philosopher. He was a maverick & made no apologies.