It is a myth that art has to be sold. It is not like stocking a grocery store where people fill a pushcart. Art is a product that has no apparent need. The salesperson builds the need in the mind of the buyer.
The only person who is hurt by jealousy is you… Eliminate that word from your life… it may not make you unsuccessful selling your art, but it will destroy your happiness.
I consider music to be storytelling, melody and rhythm. A lot of hip-hop has broken music down. There are no instruments and no songwriting. So you’re left with just storytelling and rhythm. And the storytelling can be so braggadocious, you’re just left with rhythm.
A lot of people in the media, and some everyday people, really aren’t in search of the truth. They’re in search of something worse than that. Money, yeah. I think the media’s the kind of a thing where the truth doesn’t win, because it’s no fun. The truth’s no fun.
Vinyl survived, we managed not to kill it. Knowing that you’ve taken part in this fight… You can’t imagine the happiness it brings. Every time I see a kid going out of the store with a vinyl record under the arms, my heart beats faster. Music should only be this. An intense emotion.
If you don’t have a struggle inside or around you, you have to make one up.
Failure comes when we don’t get back up and try again.
I don’t think about my mom when I’m onstage. I just don’t really think about my kids when I’m working, and when we press stop and I walk outside, they’re the first things I think about.
It’s harder to put yourself in a place where you could easily be seen as a fake. But that’s more interesting to me.
People talk about wanting amenities – downtown is the amenity.
The true professional makes art when he is not feeling good, if the studio is too cold or too warm or the walls are falling down. We are painters and we paint. If I were a sculptor, I’d sculpt.
If you saw me working with construction crews or graphic designers, you’d see how much I’m really hoping for them to bring something to the table and let God in the room and let things happen naturally.