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David Byrne Quotes

The true face of smoking is disease, death and horror – not the glamour and sophistication the pushers in the tobacco industry try to portray.
David Byrne
Death, True, Face

Sometimes it’s a form of love just to talk to somebody that you have nothing in common with and still be fascinated by their presence.
David Byrne
Love, Talk, Somebody

I’ve made money, and I’ve been ripped off. I’ve had creative freedom, and I’ve been pressured to make hits. I have dealt with diva behavior from crazy musicians, and I have seen genius records by wonderful artists get completely ignored. I love music. I always will.
David Byrne
Love, Music, Money

Real beauty knocks you a little bit off kilter.
David Byrne
Beauty, Bit, Knocks

The voting booth joint is a great leveler; the whole neighborhood – rich, poor, old, young, decrepit and spunky – they all turn out in one day.
David Byrne
Great, Old, Whole

My favorite time of day is to get up and eat leftovers from dinner, especially spicy food.
David Byrne
Food, Time, Eat

Do creative, social, and civic attitudes change depending on where we live? Yes, I think so.
David Byrne
Change, Social, Creative

I don’t like begging money from producers.
David Byrne
Money, Begging, Producers

Software constraints are only confining if you use them for what they’re intended to be used for.
David Byrne
Used, Use, Software

The city is a body and a mind – a physical structure as well as a repository of ideas and information.
David Byrne
Mind, Ideas, Body

Cycling is a joy and faster than many other modes of transport, depending on the time of day. It clears the head.
David Byrne
Time, Joy, Head

I love getting out of my comfort zone.
David Byrne
Love, Getting, Comfort

I’m no Lance Armstrong, but I do use a bike to get from place to place in Manhattan, a little bit of Brooklyn.
David Byrne
Bit, Use, Bike

Everything’s intentional. It’s just filling in the dots.
David Byrne
Filling, Dots

Obviously, you go through a lot of emotional turmoil in a divorce.
David Byrne
Emotional, Divorce, Obviously

PowerPoint may not be of any use for you in a presentation, but it may liberate you in another way, an artistic way. Who knows.
David Byrne
Another, Knows, Use

We don’t make music – it makes us.
David Byrne
Music, Makes

Architecture theory is very interesting.
David Byrne
Architecture, Theory

Technology has allowed people to make records really cheap. You can make a record on a laptop.
David Byrne
Technology, Record, Cheap

With pop music, the format dictates the form to a big degree. Just think of the pop single. It has endured as a form even in the download age because bands conform to a strict format, and work, often very productively, within the parameters.
David Byrne
Work, Music, Age

When things get so absurd and so stupid and so ridiculous that you just can’t bear it, you cannot help but turn everything into a joke.
David Byrne
Cannot, Help, Stupid

I found music to be the therapy of choice. I guess it is for a lot of people.
David Byrne
Music, Found, Choice

To shake your rump is to be environmentally aware.
David Byrne
Aware, Shake

I’m very much into making lists and breaking things apart into categories.
David Byrne
Making, Apart, Breaking

I like to combine the dramatic emotional warmth of strings with the grooves and body business of drums and bass.
David Byrne
Business, Emotional, Body

You create a community with music, not just at concerts but by talking about it with your friends.
David Byrne
Music, Friends, Create

All you needed was a couple of instruments and a few chords and you could be on an indie label.
David Byrne
Few, Needed, Couple

Cycling can be lonely, but in a good way. It gives you a moment to breathe and think, and get away from what you’re working on.
David Byrne
Good, Away, Working

I always think the everyday is more relevant than anything too grand because we all have to deal with it.
David Byrne
Deal, Everyday, Grand

I couldn’t talk to people face to face, so I got on stage and started screaming and squealing and twitching.
David Byrne
Talk, Face, Started

I find rebellion packaged by a major corporation a little hard to take seriously.
David Byrne
Seriously, Major, Rebellion

I knew I wanted to have a doll of myself on the cover. I thought, I wanna see myself as a Ken doll.
David Byrne
Knew, Cover, Wanna

Music was an experience, intimately married to your life. You could pay to hear music, but after you did, it was over, gone – a memory.
David Byrne
Life, Music, Experience

People hear about stuff from their friends or a magazine or a newspaper.
David Byrne
Friends, Stuff, Hear

Performing is a thing in itself, a distinct skill, different from making recordings. And for those who can do it, it’s a way to make a living.
David Byrne
Living, Making, Itself

Sometimes I write stuff that strangely predicts what’s going to happen in my life.
David Byrne
Life, Happen, Stuff

The assumption is that your personal life has to be a mess to create, but how much chaos can you allow in before it takes over?
David Byrne
Life, Personal, Takes

There’s more good music being made now than ever before.
David Byrne
Music, Good

You can know or not know how a car runs and still enjoy riding in a car.
David Byrne
Car, Enjoy, Runs

Do I wear a helmet? Ugh. I do when I’m riding through a precarious part of town, meaning Midtown traffic. But when I’m riding on secure protected lanes or on the paths that run along the Hudson or through Central Park – no, I don’t wear the dreaded helmet then.
David Byrne
Run, Meaning, Along

I certainly agree that putting everything into little genres is counterproductive. You’re not going to get too many surprises if you only focus on the stuff that fits inside the box that you know.
David Byrne
Focus, Stuff, Inside

I ride my bike almost every day here in New York. It’s getting safer to do so, but I do have to be fairly alert when riding on the streets as opposed to riding on the Hudson River bike path or similar protected lanes.
David Byrne
Here, Getting, Almost

I’ve noticed a lot of younger artists have less fear of doing different sorts of things, whether it’s various types of music, or gallery artists moving between video and sculpture and drawing.
David Byrne
Music, Fear, Between

In a certain way, it’s the sound of the words, the inflection and the way the song is sung and the way it fits the melody and the way the syllables are on the tongue that has as much of the meaning as the actual, literal words.
David Byrne
Words, Song, Meaning

Television sounded really different than the Ramones sounded really different than us sounded really different than Blondie sounded really different than the Sex Pistols.
David Byrne
Sex, Television, Ramones

The physical sensation of gliding with the wind in your face is exhilarating. That automatic activity of pedalling, when you have to be awake but not think too much, allows you to let subconscious thoughts bubble up, and things seem to just sort themselves out. And the adrenaline wakes you up if you weren’t properly alert.
David Byrne
Themselves, Face, Thoughts

There’s a certain amount of freedom involved in cycling: you’re self-propelled and decide exactly where to go. If you see something that catches your eye to the left, you can veer off there, which isn’t so easy in a car, and you can’t cover as much ground walking.
David Byrne
Freedom, Car, Easy

From what I’ve heard, Paris did a little bit more prep work as far as making bike lanes and all of that stuff. They really did it properly, which New York is getting to little by little.
David Byrne
Work, Making, Far

I don’t think people are going to switch over to bikes because it’s good for them or because it’s politically correct. They’re going to do it because it gets them from A to B faster.
David Byrne
Good, Gets, Correct

Occasionally, I hanker for the time when I sold more records, but I don’t sit and drool about it. When I do look at early footage of Talking Heads, I realise I was just a wreck.
David Byrne
Time, Talking, Early

The Heads were the only band on that scene that had a groove.
David Byrne
Band, Scene, Heads

The making of music is profoundly affected by the market.
David Byrne
Music, Making, Market

There are plenty of people who are, I think, completely racist who love hip-hop.
David Byrne
Love, Plenty

Why not invest in the future of music, instead of building fortresses to preserve its past?
David Byrne
Music, Future, Past

I try to devote my afternoons to making music in my home studio, but it’s a lot more fun hanging out with musicians and friends, and trying subtly to influence a band than making your own stuff.
David Byrne
Music, Home, Fun

I can’t deny that label-support gave me a leg up – though not every successful artist needs it.
David Byrne
Successful, Artist, Though

I didn’t have any agenda or plan when I started writing stuff.
David Byrne
Started, Stuff, Plan

I resent the implication that I’m less of a musician and a worse person for not appreciating certain works.
David Byrne
Less, Works, Worse

I think I had a mild case of Asperger’s as a younger guy, but that typically just wears off after a while.
David Byrne
While, Guy, Case

I think sometimes – not always – I write songs that are accessible.
David Byrne
Songs, Accessible

I’m afraid that everything will get homogenized and be the same.
David Byrne
Afraid

I’m guarded; I don’t talk much.
David Byrne
Talk, Guarded

I’m proud of ‘Stop Making Sense,’ but it’s a little bit of an albatross; I can’t compete with it, but I can’t ignore it either.
David Byrne
Sense, Making, Stop

I’ve got nothing to say most of the time.
David Byrne
Time

I’ve never had writer’s block.
David Byrne
Writer, Block

I’ve rarely seen video screens used well in a music concert.
David Byrne
Music, Used, Seen

It didn’t even occur to me that I’m the last person in the world who should play salsa or Brazilian music.
David Byrne
Music, Last, Occur

Music has to be sort of ignorable sometimes.
David Byrne
Music, Sort

Physical contact is a human necessity.
David Byrne
Physical, Necessity, Contact

The imminent demise of the large record companies as gatekeepers of the world’s popular music is a good thing, for the most part.
David Byrne
Music, Good, Large

When we started, a lot of bands sounded really different from one another.
David Byrne
Another, Started, Bands

Well, Marx is having a comeback. I hear him mentioned a lot in terms of the global financial situation and the general sense of injustice out there. A lot of economic experts in America refer to him without actually using the M word, but he’s around.
David Byrne
America, Sense, Actually

Yeah, I like to keep myself interested – I’ll kind of throw myself into some area that I don’t completely know or understand, that I’m not adept at, so I’m forced to swim in order to stay afloat. There’s a good feeling that comes from that.
David Byrne
Good, Keep, Understand

I’m not suggesting people abandon musical instruments and start playing their cars and apartments, but I do think the reign of music as a commodity made only by professionals might be winding down.
David Byrne
Music, Start, Might

It’s a fundamental, social attitude that the 1% supports symphonies and operas and doesn’t support Johnny learning to program hip-hop beats. When I put it like that, it sounds like, ‘Well, yeah,’ but you start to think, ‘Why not, though?’ What makes one more valuable than another?
David Byrne
Attitude, Learning, Another

That’s the thing about pictures: they seduce you.
David Byrne
Pictures, Seduce

Yeah, it’s pretty hard not to be completely cynical these days.
David Byrne
Pretty, Days, Cynical

Having unlimited choices can paralyze you creatively.
David Byrne
Having, Choices, Unlimited

To some extent I happily don’t know what I’m doing. I feel that it’s an artist’s responsibility to trust that.
David Byrne
Trust, Artist, Extent

Deep down, I know I have this intuition or instinct that a lot of creative people have, that their demons are also what make them create.
David Byrne
Deep, Creative, Create

I’d like to be known for more than being the guy in the big suit.
David Byrne
Guy, Known, Suit

Most of our lives aren’t that exciting, but the drama is still going on in the small details.
David Byrne
Small, Lives, Exciting

With music, you often don’t have to translate it. It just affects you, and you don’t know why.
David Byrne
Music, Often, Affects

Before recording technology existed, you could not separate music from its social context.
David Byrne
Music, Technology, Social

I wanted to be a secret agent and an astronaut, preferably at the same time.
David Byrne
Time, Secret, Agent

Life tends to be an accumulation of a lot of mundane decisions, which often gets ignored.
David Byrne
Life, Often, Decisions

I am an immigrant with a Green Card and, therefore, I am not eligible to vote in a federal election.
David Byrne
Vote, Election, Green

I never listen to the radio unless I rent a car.
David Byrne
Car, Listen, Unless

It seems almost backwards to me that my music seems the more emotional outlet, and the art stuff seems more about ideas.
David Byrne
Music, Art, Emotional

I’m concerned that my technical skills have advanced to the point where I can get closer to what I’m aiming for, which is not such a good thing.
David Byrne
Good, Point, Concerned

If anything, a lot of electronic music is music that no one listens to at home, hardly. It’s really only to be heard when everyone’s out enjoying it.
David Byrne
Music, Home, Everyone

Artists are notoriously snooty and suspicious of anything coming from the business community.
David Byrne
Business, Coming, Community

Domination and monopoly is the name of the game in the web marketplace.
David Byrne
Game, Name, Web

I couldn’t take pictures of green rolling hills.
David Byrne
Pictures, Green, Hills

It’s not always been a happy marriage. I guess I wanted a quick fix.
David Byrne
Marriage, Happy, Guess

On a bike, being just slightly above pedestrian and car eye level, one gets a perfect view of the goings-on in one’s own town.
David Byrne
Car, Perfect, Eye

Punk was defined by an attitude rather than a musical style.
David Byrne
Attitude, Rather, Style

The arts don’t exist in isolation.
David Byrne
Exist, Arts, Isolation

The wage for most musicians is a modest amount, and that includes me some of the time.
David Byrne
Time, Musicians, Amount

Work aside, we come to New York for the possibility of interaction and inspiration.
David Byrne
Work, York, Aside

Some folks believe that hardship breeds artistic creativity. I don’t buy it. One can put up with poverty for a while when one is young, but it will inevitably wear a person down.
David Byrne
Young, While, Poverty

There’s something about music that encourages people to want to know more about the person that made it, and where it was recorded, what year it was done, what they were listening to, and all this kind of stuff. There’s something that invites all this obsessive behavior.
David Byrne
Music, Year, Stuff

Yeah, anybody can go in with two turntables and a microphone or a home studio sampler and a little cassette deck or whatever and make records in their bedrooms.
David Byrne
Home, Whatever, Anybody

I’ve rarely kept my distance from kind of – I don’t know if we can call it politics, but kind of, civic engagement and that kind of thing, except I tended to think, ‘Well, do it yourself before you start telling other people what they should be doing.’
David Byrne
Politics, Yourself, Start

I do seem to like to combine the dramatic emotional warmth of strings with the grooves and body business of drums and bass.
David Byrne
Business, Emotional, Body

That’s the one for my tombstone… Here lies David Byrne. Why the big suit?
David Byrne
Here, Lies, Suit

We live in ugly times.
David Byrne
Times, Ugly

Frank Lloyd Wright… his things were beautiful but not very functional.
David Byrne
Beautiful, Frank, Functional

I’m afraid that reason will triumph and that the world will become a place where anyone who doesn’t fit that will become unnecessary.
David Byrne
Reason, Anyone, Afraid

I’ve been in beautiful landscapes where one is tempted to whip out a camera and take a picture. I’ve learned to resist that.
David Byrne
Beautiful, Learned, Picture

Suburban houses and tin sheds are often the objects of ridicule.
David Byrne
Often, Objects, Houses

Analysis is like a lobotomy. Who wants to have all their edges shaved off?
David Byrne
Wants, Analysis, Edges

I subscribe to the myth that an artist’s creativity comes from torment. Once that’s fixed, what do you draw on?
David Byrne
Once, Artist, Creativity

One of the benefits of playing to small audiences in small clubs for a few years is that you’re allowed to fail.
David Byrne
Small, Few, Playing

People in Latin America… love America from afar and emulate America in some ways but also hate a lot of things that America does to them.
David Byrne
Love, Hate, America

People use irony as a defense mechanism.
David Byrne
Use, Irony, Defense

We tend to mistake music for the physical object.
David Byrne
Music, Mistake, Physical

As everything becomes digitized, there’s the idea that things that can’t be digitized become more valuable.
David Byrne
Idea, Becomes, Valuable

I came to New York to be a fine artist – that was my ambition.
David Byrne
Artist, Ambition, Fine

I don’t listen to the radio very much, but that could be because I don’t have a car.
David Byrne
Car, Listen, Radio

I have trouble imagining what I could do that’s beyond the practicality of what I can do.
David Byrne
Trouble, Beyond, Imagining

I read the NY Times but I don’t trust all of it.
David Byrne
Trust, Times, Read

I think I had a mild case of Asperger’s as a younger guy, but that typically just wears off after a while. For some people, anyway.
David Byrne
While, Guy, Case

I try never to wear my own clothes, I pretend I’m someone else.
David Byrne
Wear, Clothes, Pretend

I’ve noticed that when I am selling a lot of records, certain things become easier. I’m not talking about getting a table in a restaurant.
David Byrne
Getting, Talking, Certain

I remember talking with Arcade Fire after their first record, when they were getting all kinds of offers from major labels, and I don’t think I gave them any advice. They survived that whole onslaught pretty well anyway without me.
David Byrne
Whole, Remember, Pretty

I use a stream-of-consciousness approach; if you don’t censor yourself, you end up with what you’re most concerned about, but you haven’t filtered it through your conscious mind. Then you craft it.
David Byrne
Mind, Yourself, End

I’ve been asking myself: ‘Why put together these things – CDs, albums?’ The answer I came up with is, well, sometimes it’s artistically viable. It’s not just a random collection of songs. Sometimes the songs have a common thread, even if it’s not obvious or even conscious on the artists’ part.
David Byrne
Together, Common, Songs

One knew in advance that life in New York would not be easy, but there were cheap rents in cold-water lofts without heat, and the excitement of being here made up for those hardships. I didn’t move to New York to make a fortune.
David Byrne
Life, Here, Easy

When I was in high school, there were these British blues-rock-type bands with really good guitar players that would jam on one song for half an hour. And as much as I was amazed by some of those guitar players, seeing them prompted me to make a note that that’s not something I could do.
David Byrne
Good, High, Song

You go to a festival, you know you’re not going to play all new material at a festival. The audience is not there for that. I’ve made that mistake, but you find out pretty quickly.
David Byrne
Pretty, Mistake, Audience

Doing the box set is one of those things where you get to rewrite your own history to some extent. We could take out some of the songs that we felt weren’t as strong as some of the others, so you look better.
David Byrne
History, Strong, Others

Forces that you might think are utterly unrelated to creativity can have a big impact. Technology, obviously, but environment, too. Even financial structures can affect the actual content of a song. The making of music is profoundly affected by the market.
David Byrne
Music, Technology, Making

I cycled when I was at high school, then reconnected with bikes in New York in the late ’70s. It was a good way of getting around the clubs and galleries of the Lower East Side and Soho.
David Byrne
Good, Getting, High

I encourage people not to be passive consumers of music and of culture in general. And feeling like, yeah, you can enjoy the products of professionals, but that doesn’t mean you don’t have to completely give up the reins and give up every connection to music or whatever it happens to be.
David Byrne
Music, Mean, Feeling

I meet young people who know me and are familiar with my stuff. They know the package. They might have cherry-picked five or six key tunes. That’s how it seems to work. I sometimes wonder if they realise they are not getting the whole context.
David Byrne
Work, Whole, Young

In retrospect, I can see I couldn’t talk to people face to face, so I got on stage and started screaming and squealing and twitching about. Ha! Like, that sure made sense!
David Byrne
Sense, Talk, Sure

Maybe every city has a unique sensibility, but we don’t have names for what they are or haven’t identified them all. We can’t pinpoint exactly what makes each city’s people unique yet.
David Byrne
Makes, Maybe, Each

Ninety percent of all music is always crap, and when too many people decide they’re going to have guitar bands, then ninety percent of them are going to be crap. It’s just a given law.
David Byrne
Music, Law, Guitar

People are already finding ways to make their music and play it in front of people and have a life in music, I guess, and I think that’s pretty much all you can ask.
David Byrne
Life, Music, Pretty

Probably the reason it’s a little hard to break away from the album format completely is, if you’re getting a band together in the studio, it makes financial sense to do more than one song at a time. And it makes more sense, if you’re going to all the effort of performing and doing whatever else, if there’s a kind of bundle.
David Byrne
Time, Away, Together

So there’s no guarantee if you like the music you will empathize with the culture and the people who made it. It doesn’t necessarily happen. I think it can, but it doesn’t necessarily happen. Which is kind of a shame.
David Byrne
Music, Happen, Culture

Some artists and indie musicians see Spotify fairly positively – as a way of getting noticed, of getting your music out there where folks can hear it risk-free.
David Byrne
Music, Getting, Hear

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