Content Updated On : 2022-01-24

I think I work much the same way I always have. I'm trying to interpret something emotionally visually. I'm reading the brief or article, or listening to the music, and deciding where that sends me, and what would it look like.

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Live music is where you get the inspiration and the creativity.

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Perhaps of all the most basic elements of music, rhythm most directly affects our central nervous system.

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I think the most important thing about music is the sense of escape.

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One of the things about live music that's so incredibly important and can't be replaced and automated is the common focus of a room full of people having that human contact and being immersed in the sensory overload of a rock concert.

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I lose myself in music because I can't be bothered explaining what I feel to anyone else around me.

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When Basquiat was hanging out with Madonna and Fab Five Freddy, and all those worlds were colliding, people have to realize hip-hop and the arts were like this 'cause we both were outcasts: we wasn't allowed inside the galleries or inside Yankee Stadium. We were writing in the street and making music.

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Sure, we all like listening to music on vinyl, but that doesn't mean streaming music on Spotify is bad.

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If you're doing black music, you should have a core understanding of where that comes from, and the fundamentals - so you're not some bozo thinking you're doing something new.

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For me, I don't feel all the pressure. I make music, and I release it because I like it myself and I want my friends to hear it from me.

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Music creates order out of chaos: for rhythm imposes unanimity upon the divergent, melody imposes continuity upon the disjointed, and harmony imposes compatibility upon the incongruous.

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Despite all the technical improvements, it still boils down to a man or a woman and a microphone, playing music, sharing stories, talking about issues - communicating with an audience.

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Hip-Hop isn't just music, it is also a spiritual movement of the blacks! You can't just call Hip-Hop a trend!

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I love to perform, to give glory to God with my own brand of funky gospel music. I think it's my mission to show people that God, that Jesus, can be cool.

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When you have the power of music within your soul and your heart, nothing can stop you.

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I've largely focused on Japan my whole career, so I was interested to see how my music would be received by people of different backgrounds, religions and cultures.

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Sometimes there's that perfect moment when the crowd, the music, the energy of the room come together in a way that brings me to tears.

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If you want to make beautiful music, you must play the black and the white notes together.

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The advice I am giving always to all my students is above all to study the music profoundly... music is like the ocean, and the instruments are little or bigger islands, very beautiful for the flowers and trees.

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Presley is country music, white music. Jazz is black music - it was invented by the blacks in New Orleans. And I'm really a jazz singer. I was impressed with Elvis - he was the handsomest guy I ever met in my life, and a very nice person, too. But the music doesn't impress me.

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