Duncan Sheik Quotes

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Things come to me pretty regularly. There is never a shortage or a backlog.

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My second record was all about big ideas - I was trying to make big statements about the culture, about life. I think in a certain way, I was a 27 year old kid with a guitar.

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My first two records were more energetic

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Lately I've been a workaholic. I'm in the studio all the time and I've helped to produce a couple of artists.

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I feel fortunate about being able to make the music I want to make and getting away with it.

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Ultimately, if I'm really moved by something, it's going to go on the record and that's that.

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The experiences of promoting my first album were really something

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The difficult thing about a pop record is that you're given guidelines: it has to have 3 choruses, and then it must be between 3 minutes fifteen seconds and three minutes forty-five seconds.

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So, once I've written a song, you know, I'm pretty happy with what the song is on its own terms.

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So I started chanting when I was nineteen, which was about twelve years ago, and it really had a huge impact on my outlook, happiness, and general creativity.

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Simon Hale, the British arranger, does all string and wood arrangements on my records.

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If I were to do this over I'd play a lot more shows before I made a record.

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A real foolproof way to do it is play your stuff by hook or by crook and build up a grass roots following.

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It's inevitable your environment will influence what you do.

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I'm fortunate I have this coterie of musicians around me to help take music to next level. Being surrounded by so much creative energy, so many creative people really feeds that creativity in me.

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I'm a pretty big P.J. Harvey record fan and you can really hear New York in his record.

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I'd have these weird experiences where I'd just be walking down the street with this chord progression in my head, this happened more than a few times, and I'd walk home and find a fax in my machine and it would match the music in my head.

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I wouldn't say that I've had a tough life by any stretch of the imagination.

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I try to make sure that the Buddhism is more or less implicit in the music rather than explicit.

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I think my Buddhist practice has a profound influence on my life and encompasses my creative projects.

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I think in a way I was probably completely naive about what it takes to make something become a hit.

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I started playing music at a pretty young age.

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I privilege the music over the lyrics.

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But I can't really say there is too much modern music that I'm blown away by at this moment.

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I also wanted to make a record that was about other things than romance, yeah, after two years on the road singing all the songs from the first album, I got kind of tired of that.

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I mean, at the end of the day when I'm making a record, what I want to do is what I do.

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And frankly, when I made that record, hit songs were not what I was trying to achieve.

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Because of my Buddhist practice, I'm never lacking for inspiration.

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But really important, perhaps most important is the craft

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For my second record I had gotten ProTools (program) and started to familiar myself with hard disc recording.

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Happy music doesn't tend to move me much.

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I actually am always a music first person.

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I actually think sadness and darkness can be very beautiful and healing.

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I certainly wouldn't say that my life is a disaster, but there have been moments where I've felt like that.

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I got a publishing deal with BMG, they were supportive, and some money to record demos.

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I make the kind of music I like.

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