Famous Quotes By David Byrne


  1. Architecture theory is very interesting.
  2. Artists are notoriously snooty and suspicious of anything coming from the business community.
  3. I do seem to like to combine the dramatic emotional warmth of strings with the grooves and body business of drums and bass.
  4. I don't like begging money from producers.
  5. I don't listen to the radio very much, but that could be because I don't have a car.
  6. I found music to be the therapy of choice.
  7. I like to combine the dramatic emotional warmth of strings with the grooves and body business of drums and bass.
  8. I never listen to the radio unless I rent a car.
  9. I read the NY Times but I don't trust all of it.
  10. 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.
  11. 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.
  12. 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.
  13. It didn't even occur to me that I'm the last person in the world who should play salsa or Brazilian music.
  14. It seems almost backwards to me that my music seems the more emotional outlet, and the art stuff seems more about ideas.
  15. It's not always been a happy marriage. I guess I wanted a quick fix.
  16. 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.
  17. 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.
  18. I've rarely seen video screens used well in a music concert.
  19. My favorite time of day is to get up and eat leftovers from dinner, especially spicy food.
  20. 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.
  21. 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.
  22. Punk was defined by an attitude rather than a musical style.
  23. Real beauty knocks you a little bit off kilter.
  24. 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.
  25. 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.
  26. The imminent demise of the large record companies as gatekeepers of the world's popular music is a good thing, for the most part.
  27. The making of music is profoundly affected by the market.
  28. The true face of smoking is disease, death and horror - not the glamour and sophistication the pushers in the tobacco industry try to portray.
  29. There's more good music being made now than ever before.
  30. To some extent I happily don't know what I'm doing. I feel that it's an artist's responsibility to trust that.
  31. We don't make music - it makes us.
  32. We tend to mistake music for the physical object.
  33. Why not invest in the future of music, instead of building fortresses to preserve its past?
  34. With music, you often don't have to translate it. It just affects you, and you don't know why.
  35. 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.
  36. You can know or not know how a car runs and still enjoy riding in a car.
  37. You create a community with music, not just at concerts but by talking about it with your friends.

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