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Born: 1969-11-18
Profession: Musician
Nation: American
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Simon Hale, the British arranger, does all string and wood arrangements on my records.

Tags: British, Records, Wood

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

Tags: Pretty, Regularly, Shortage

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

Tags: Moved, Ultimately

But really important, perhaps most important is the craft; how you make your record, the creation of these sonic worlds you want your listener to hear.

Tags: Creation, Hear, Perhaps

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.

Tags: After, Tired, Wanted

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.

Tags: Few, Home, Music

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.

Tags: Creativity, Help, Music

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.

Tags: Guitar, Life, Trying

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.

Tags: Creativity, Happiness, Started

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.

Tags: Between, Difficult, Three

The experiences of promoting my first album were really something; there is so much illusion in my environment (touring and pop music) that I wanted to clear away.

Tags: Away, Music, Wanted

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

Tags: Beautiful, Moving On, Sadness

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

Tags: Life, Stretch, Tough

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

Tags: Happy, Once, Pretty

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

Tags: Build, Real, Stuff

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

Tags: Achieve, Songs, Trying

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

Tags: Buddhist, Lacking, Practice

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

Tags: Away, Moment, Music

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

Tags: Hard, Second, Started

Happy music doesn't tend to move me much.

Tags: Happy, Move, Music

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I actually am always a music first person.

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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.

Tags: Felt, Life, Moments

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

Tags: Able, Away, Music

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

Tags: Deal, Money, Publishing

I make the kind of music I like.

Tags: Music

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

Tags: End, Making, Mean

I privilege the music over the lyrics.

Tags: Lyrics, Music, Privilege

I started playing music at a pretty young age.

Tags: Age, Music, Pretty

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

Tags: Become, Hit, Takes

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

Tags: Creative, Influence, Life

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

Tags: Music, Rather, Try

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

Tags: Big, Hear, Pretty

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

Tags: Shows

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

Tags: Inevitable, Influence

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

Tags: Artists, Couple, Time

My first two records were more energetic; Phantom Moon is subtle, quiet; so these various reactions are just something I expected.

Tags: Moon, Quiet, Records