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Born: 1976-02-13
Profession: Musician
Nation: Canadian
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I once looked over the shoulder of a friend on Facebook and it looked like hieroglyphs to me. There's merit online, of course, but social media gets super freaky. Imagine if three generations from now, people online have forgotten what date or day of the week it is.

Tags: Friend, Once, Social

I remember doing my mosaics or being in my little hiding place behind the couch snooping. I'd get bored sometimes, of course, but I think that's good for a kid, because it forces you to be creative.

Tags: Bored, Good, Remember

I was a bar-back, which is the person who cleans the bathrooms at the end of the night in the bar, and a cook. I had kind of given up. I was into backing other people up. Music was something I just did on the side and I don't think I had the energy to pimp myself out, like call people up and ask them to book me to play.

Tags: Book, End, Music

I'd been touring for so long, seven years. For a year and a half I'd just been curious about what it was like not to tour. It's like if you were to lift a 100-pound barbell with your right arm for seven years, eventually you'd get really curious about what your left arm was capable of.

Tags: Half, Left, Year

I'd hear some beautiful Sade or Kings Of Convenience ballad remixed in a club, and I liked that these simple little songs seemed to be masquerading. They had put on superhero costumes, got all beefy, and here they were on the dance floor. I was interested in that. I can't make electronic beats, so I leave it to the pros like Boys Noize and Chromeo.

Tags: Beautiful, Put, Simple

I'm a Canadian. Outside Canada I carry the flag. Canadian nationalism isn't as insidious as American nationalism, though. It's good natured. It's all about maple syrup, not war.

Tags: American, Good, War

Music is pretty intimate stuff and I can only work with very few people: Gonzalez being one, Mocky being another and, on a completely different level, Broken Social Scene. With Broken Social Scene it's not one-on-one, it's a one-on-12. It's very healthy, very comfortable, like a big pot luck supper among old friends.

Tags: Friends, Music, Work

On the videos for '1234' and 'My Moon My Man' I wanted to make the songs visible. And, really, what way can you make sound visible other than good old naive dancing? I was working with a choreographer, but I'm not a dancer. Any notion of elegance is impossible with me.

Tags: Good, Impossible, Working

So, I'm on 'Sesame Street,' walking around with all these monsters, Elmo and his buddies, a whole bunch of chickens, a whole bunch of penguins and a number four dancing about. It was just pure joy, simple, ridiculous fun, stupid joy. There's no irony. 'Sesame Street' is just a crazy great place to be.

Tags: Crazy, Fun, Great

Something that I think I figured out slowly was if you're playing a show and there's a chatter or there is, you know, a lot of noise - people talking or something - I was never the one whose instinct was to try to be louder than them.

Tags: Playing, Show, Try

The group-effort sound in recording of 'Sea Lion' is like, you really hear all the people in the room and hear them interlocking. There's a real freight-train energy of all these people at the same time playing.

Tags: Energy, Real, Time

The idea of having one ensemble do everything is what was on 'Sea Lion' and that's what I tried to make happen for 'Metals,' which is having five people in the room and all of us contributing equally to every arrangement and every song.

Tags: Happen, Idea, Sea

There have been times I've planted stuff in songs where four years later I'll be singing it from a subconscious, kind of chameleon little lizard mind... and at a certain moment, all of a sudden, I'll hear a line from a different vantage point and it'll change its meaning. It's something I wrote but it changed because I did.

Tags: Change, Mind, Moment

There's a crazy amount of goodwill, and I don't know where it came from, and I don't understand, but the more I pay attention to it, the more it's going to sting when it flips, so I think I'm almost subconsciously cultivating this naivety to it all.

Tags: Attention, Crazy, Understand

There's no mystery any more. So my instinct is to show very little, because there's much too much information about everyone, everywhere right now. Reality TV is an example of that.

Tags: Everyone, Reality, Show

Well, there's just some universal truths in a way that I've just observed to be true. You read Voltaire. You read modern literature. Anywhere you go, there's these observations about romantic love and what it does people, and these rotten feelings that rarely are people meaning to do that to each other.

Tags: Love, Romantic, True

When I did '1,2,3,4' on 'Sesame Street' they'd rewritten the song and made it about counting. At first, I balked. I was like, 'Counting to four? That's where we're going with this?' Then they sent me appearances by other people like James Blunt doing 'You're Beautiful' as 'My Triangle.'

Tags: Beautiful, Four, Song

When I was in Beck's world, I felt like the little sister. I'm in the big brother's room with all his friends. You just hang out and keep your mouth shut so they don't realize you're there and kick you out. I like being in situations where I can be an underdog, where I can be in the corner and observe and soak it in.

Tags: Big, Friends, Keep

When you say something or sing something enough times, it becomes a self-fulfilling prophecy. It's almost like casting spells. I don't mean necessarily in the flighty, 'I'm going to go buy a cloak with a hood now' way.

Tags: Enough, Mean, Times

You're an enormous sponge and everything goes in there and you squeeze it out in songs, I guess. And if you're a painter, you squeeze them out on to a canvas.

Tags: Goes, Guess, Songs

There's nothing better than not knowing what's going to happen until you put the pieces together.

Tags: Happen, Put, Together

Surreal can be exciting and good, and it can be like living inside an alien landscape, and it can be completely interesting, or you can be alienated from your own life - inside your own life, it doesn't feel familiar any more.

Tags: Good, Life, Living

When I first played '1234' it was on stage in San Francisco at some kind of, like, sticky-floored club. And it felt like a punk song. I mean it's ridiculous to say that now, but it had that kind of, like, piercing straight melody. And then this fist-pumping ending, you know that pa-dap-pada.

Tags: Mean, Punk, Song

And of course, pop music is all about memorability and simplicity and positive messages and a little dash of joy.

Tags: Joy, Music, Positive

Commercialism isn't challenging creatively; it's only challenging in a stamina way.

Tags: Creatively, Stamina

For me, music is in the choice of what not to play as much as in what you've chosen to play.

Tags: Choice, Chosen, Music
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I didn't really get London until I read Dickens. Then I was charmed to death by it.

Tags: Death, Read, Until

I live and die by puns.

Tags: Die, Puns

I need therapy after writing. It's like leaking blood from a stone. It's brutally difficult but worth it.

Tags: After, Difficult, Writing

I've not really spent much time in proper studios. The room itself where you're recording, and how you live while you're there is what appeals to me.

Tags: Room, Time, While

If you keep bashing your head against the same wall, at some point you're going to fall over and be still for awhile.

Tags: Against, Keep, Point

'Metals' has partly been about me regaining my self respect and I feel like I'm growing the muscles I want to grow again.

Tags: Again, Respect, Self

Musically, I didn't relate to Berlin. There seemed to be a lot of machine music made there - I don't think I saw a stringed instrument in two years.

Tags: Instrument, Machine, Music

Opinions are like snowflakes, you know what I'm saying?

Tags: Opinions, Saying

Since I was 19, I've always gone where there was a reason to be. Maybe I'll be lucky and there'll be a reason to go somewhere tropical for a while.

Tags: Reason, Since, While

There's real potency in metal. Metal fans love metal as if it's a nation they would fight for. It's not diluted by pop culture.

Tags: Fight, Love, Real

When I wrote 'Mushaboom', I was living in the second verse, but I suddenly found myself in the first.

Tags: Found, Living, Second

You never know what's going to play into what's worthy of getting encapsulated into a song.

Tags: Getting, Song, Worthy

After 'Sesame Street,' it's a hyper-familiar world to me and I have this childlike ability to ignore the fact that I'm talking to scraps of cloth. Every country I go to, I see posters promoting the film in different languages. 'Los Muppets' - I love that!

Tags: Country, Ignore, Love

Any kind of anthemic song, for the most part, they're on the positive side of things. It's not hard to identify when a melody is just one degree too complicated or one degree too simple and where that line of pop memorability lies.

Tags: Hard, Positive, Simple

As I get older, the present and the past shift and become the past and the future... A lot of it is a new awareness of time and life and the wheel of fortune crushing you and lifting you and crushing you and lifting you.

Tags: Future, Life, Time

'Gatekeeper' was sort of my first attempt to put a little bit of a frame and boundaries around songwriting, and try to figure out a way to approach it that had a sort of end result in mind. I haven't written many like that.

Tags: End, Mind, Try

I get really scared about how the Internet is shifting and changing everyone's minds, and the way we see ourselves and interact online. Everything is so diluted now.

Tags: Everyone, Minds, Ourselves

I guess I found it useful to realise that everything is true at once, you know? You can pull back and say, 'Everything will be fine,' but you can also be in a situation and say, 'Not everything is going to be fine.'

Tags: Once, Situation, True

I made the first Feist album in '98. So at that point, it was my nickname. It was as far as with my circle of friends, and just felt more accurate than two names.

Tags: Far, Friends, Point

The issue of the Betrayal was so central to that, I felt the need to comment upon it. My choices were to ignore the games and put them 'outside' of continuity or to integrate them. I chose the latter.

Tags: Betrayal, Ignore, Put

You can only have one first born child. You may love all your children deeply and with passion, but there is something unique about the first born.

Tags: Children, Love, Passion

Writing is hard work; it's also the best job I've ever had.

Tags: Best, Job, Work

I'm a huge fan of Cabernet and Bordeaux, and am passionate about Pinot Noir and Burgundies.

Tags: Fan, Noir, Passionate

Neal had a couple of good ideas and they fit nicely, so that's the way I decided to go.

Tags: Couple, Good, Ideas

One of the key issues will be personal honour vs. the good of the many, and unforeseen consequences.

Tags: Good, Key, Personal

Also, it's risky to try to duplicate earlier success. Magician had a certain charm to it, mostly due to my choice of lead characters, that I would be hard put to duplicate.

Tags: Hard, Success, Try

If I leave my computer, I'm probably not going to get back for hours. If I take a few minutes to answer questions and go web surfing, then guilt kicks in and I get back to work.

Tags: Few, Leave, Work

In the end, my reasons for moving down the timeline and introducing a new cast have more to do with keeping myself entertained, on the assumption that if I get bored, my readers are going to be even more bored.

Tags: Bored, End, Moving

Jigsaw Lady is the working title of a science fiction novel I've had in my head for darn near 15 years. I think I'll start work on it next year (in all my spare time) but I'd like to get it finished some day.

Tags: Science, Time, Work

Often I'll try things that just won't happen the way I'd like them to, so hearing that they're not working saves me some wear and tear the next time around.

Tags: Happen, Time, Try

One likes to think one grows as a writer as one ages, else all you get is an 'old' young writer. Beyond that is the changing landscape of the universe and the stories I choose to tell.

Tags: Else, Old, Young

There were two things going on: 1) I had already established in my own mind where I wanted to go with the next series, and having James around as a Grey Eminence would have complicated matters. He had had an amazing life and it was time to bid him good-bye.

Tags: Amazing, Life, Time

There's always going to be comparisons, and that's unavoidable. There are people out there who feel I hit my peak with Magician and have gone downhill since.

Tags: Gone, Hit, Since