That’s my actual payment, the fact that I can actually make something that I actually enjoy and put on repeat, and it’s not related to anything else or anyone else’s thoughts and ideas, it all came from me; I just love that aspect of it.
I always try to give my own albums space in between so I have time to create a new sound and give time for people to miss me. You have to come out fresh and reinvent yourself.
It’s always the music first for me. But if the music isn’t selling, there isn’t gonna be no business. So you gotta make sure music is always the first priority.
My ideas come when I least expect it, so I’ve always got to have a studio nearby or close by somewhere.
As long as you’re giving up quality records and you’re makin’ hit records, people are always gonna want to hear a hit, and they’ll always want to be attached to something that’s doin’ great.
I just like music all the way around the board. I can’t stick to one thing – I’ve got to move around.
My worst fear is my music won’t connect with the public.
My body doesn’t have any rhythm, you know. I’ve got quite good rhythm when I’m singing but my feet are very much two left feet.
I love hearing my audience breathe.
Sometimes with pop music, you have to see it to love it. With soul music, it’s sparse. There’s nothing that’s pretentious or planned. It’s just so gutsy.
I wanted to be a singer forever. But it’s not really my cup of tea. Having the whole world know who you are.
Sometimes my songs wander off a bit and are not always coherent.
I don’t really need to stand out, there’s room for everyone. Although I haven’t built a niche yet, I’m just writing love songs.
In the songs I can still be really really direct but in interviews when I’m explaining my songs I shouldn’t be so direct about who they’re about.
I don’t make music for eyes. I make music for ears.
It’s warts and all in my songs, and I think that’s why people can relate to them.
Crying is really bad for your vocal cords.
Heartbreak can definitely give you a deeper sensibility for writing songs. I drew on a lot of heartbreak when I was writing my first album, I didn’t mean to but I just did.
If music be the food of love, play on.
To draw you must close your eyes and sing.
Hell is full of musical amateurs.