February 6, 2009
"Both Rowling and Meyer, they're speaking directly to young people. ... The real difference is that Jo Rowling is a terrific writer and Stephenie Meyer can't write worth a darn. She's not very good."
June 3, 2008
"Sometimes I feel like control is this illusion we have--we all think we have control, but in reality, life can end at any second. But we do have control over who determines our self-worth, and if we're letting other people determine what we think of ourselves, that's a really dangerous place to be as an artist because suddenly you're totally vulnerable. This record was about not really caring what people think anymore, getting back to the roots of who we were as a band and experiencing the joy of playing music for the heck of it, because I feel like that's when you're making your best stuff."
–Switchfoot frontman Jon Foreman (MTV, October 30, 2006)
March 14, 2006
“People think perfect is achievable, and then they get disappointed. Once you own up to perfection not being possible, a lot of beauty can occur.”
-Actress Anna Chlumsky (Entertainment Weekly, Sept. 2, 2005)
October 25, 2005
"We feel that we have something to prove because of the success we've been given and the opportunity that we have, so we definitely stepped outside of our boundaries with the new album. We want to be a band that matters to people, not just a band that got a stint on 'TRL' because they were a bunch of good-looking kids. So we had to make a record that mattered, a record with staying power for people. And maybe the younger fans who like our band are ready for that and maybe they're not. But either way, we're really proud of it."
-Ryan Key, lead singer of Yellowcard talking about their new album, Lights and Sounds (check out the single) and how it will be a departure from their breakthrough album, Ocean Avenue. (MTV, August 2005)
September 6, 2005
"The thought sometimes crosses my mind that it would be nice to do short stories or to do fiction, but it just seems really complicated. I tend to think in terms of smaller pictures instead of larger pictures. I'm fascinated by how someone goes about writing a book. How do you do that? Do you lay out what's going to happen where? Writing songs, it seems kind of easy. You have a certain set space in which to say something. There's a verse and a chorus and a verse and a chorus. Though, for the most part, I don't write choruses."
-Death Cab for Cutie lead singer and songwriter Ben Gibbard talking about whether or not he'd write short stories or fiction. Death Cab for Cutie just released their latest album, Plans. (Paste, Aug./Sept. 2005)
March 17, 2005
"When we first started, we knew everyone was gonna hate it. But if you believe in what you're doing, then it's OK if no one else gives a shit. It's OK if you show up to play and everybody leaves."
"I don't see us equating success with record sales because that has never been the ultimate goal of the band. We have always wanted to make music that de-emphasizes commercialism, but still attracts a diverse audience. So, if our band breaks, it will simply give us the opportunity to develop the live show to the level that we want, so we can connect with people's emotions in increasing measure. And on our new record, we feel that we have captured the true emotion of our live performance in a way that we have never done before."
-Jacob Marshall, drummer for the band Mae. Their debut release, Destination Beautiful sold 60,000 copies and their next release, The Everglow comes out in a few weeks. (Source: Relevant Magazine, March/April 2005)
"The vision of the band, and everything else, is not getting caught up in religion. To me, religion is getting stuck on one thing. There's not much freedom in religion. You're bound to your rituals and your routines that you walk through every day. It is important to have those, but it's also important to grow, because if you're not moving forward, you're standing still and then moving backward."
October 6, 2004
"There's a real deal. A real deal, between us and our audience. Which is we don't have to worry about where our kids are going to school, paying a hospital bill, paying the mortgage, in return we don't make a crap album. Two crap albums and you're out. That's our deal with our audience."
September 14, 2004
"I've earned the right to be a failure and not be making mega-hits anymore."
-George Lucas, talking about being able to return to making the kind of movies he wants to make, like recent re-release THX 1138, regardless of their commercial success. (Source: CNN.com, September 13, 2004)
September 1, 2004
"With all the money and the wealth, you have to have something to hold, to keep you grounded. Not really to preach to people, but you need that substance to keep you grounded."
August 25, 2004
"There are times when I write songs that are spiritual; other times I write songs that are emotionally driven. This album is as naked as you're going to get me. Sometimes you have to decide what you want people to know."
May 13, 2004
"I expected it to be bad, and it is."
March 26, 2004
"We're Christian by faith, not genre."
-Tim Foreman, bassist for Switchfoot, whose latest album, The Beautiful Letdown has been climbing the mainstream charts. Other Switchfoot albums include Learning to Breathe, New Way To Be Human, The Legend of Chin and The Early Years: 1997-2000, which collects their first three albums. The Live in San Diego DVD is also available. (Source: RollingStone, September 24, 2003)
November 12, 2003
"I don't really care whether or not my new album is a hit. OK, I know that sounds crazy, but here's what I mean: My new album, Coverage, is the first album I've done that I'm completely in love with, and that's what's important to me -- not selling 5 million copies and becoming a huge celebrity."
-Mandy Moore. (Source: Teen People, November 2003)
"The record label wanted me to do certain kinds of songs, and I was like, 'Look, if you want me to be some kind of sex thing, that's not me. I will never do that. I'm still doing what I love to do."
-Britney Spears, telling Esquire magazine that she's not a sex object, despite the revealing Esquire photoshoot, which Spears later expressed regret over. All the naked hype is part of In the Zone, the new Spears album that releases next week. (Source: MSNBC, October 9, 2003)
November 7, 2003
"When slasher films and teen comedies came along, I said no ... You have to maintain your dignity."
October 23, 2003
"I'm not an artist. I'm just a guy who was on a reality show -- and I didn't even win!"
"Am I gonna hear about it? Hell, yes! See, I'm a real preacher. ... For a long time, people would say, 'You can't sing "Love and Happiness" because that's not a gospel song.' And then I started to think, 'What's the second verse of "Love and Happiness"?' [Singing] 'Be good to me, and I'll be good to you/We'll be together to see each other walk away with victory.' Now, if we don't wanna see each other walk away with victory, something must be wrong."
October 17, 2003
"[The record company] was like, 'Here are your songs.' I was like, 'Hi, I'm 14. I'll do anything.' Those albums are why I'm here today, but goddamn, I should give a refund to anyone who bought my first record."
October 15, 2003
"I have standards. There are things I will not do ... I always carry myself like a lady. I don't feel like I ever do anything raunchy ... It's entertainment and I believe God is OK with that."
-Beyonce Knowles of Destiny's Child, explaining how she draws the line on lesbian kissing (see Britney Spears and Madonna at the 2003 MTV VMAs) but has God's blessing to strut around in hot pants. (Source: Sky News, October 15, 2003)
October 7, 2003
"Sometimes I'll be like, 'Oh, man, this stuff is too obscure and crazy, and people aren't going to get it' -- but what can you do about that? It's just the music we make. You can't cater it, and you can't play down to people. You can't assume people are stupid. I'm not going to put in an extra chorus because it's catchy or take out some bigger words because I think people won't get them. You just have to say what you want, I guess. At least that's what I have to tell myself."
September 29, 2003
"Britney Spears doesn't rock. She's a mechanical pop robot, OK? Basically she's a puppet. Although Britney Spears isn't as bad as Christina Aguilera when it comes to showing skin ... Christina shows a lot more. They both seem to be competing with each other ... It doesn't offend me. It's just tragic. It's really sad. ... Don't feel like you have to sell sex just to get people to listen to you."
September 25, 2003
"Our stuff is always gonna be inspiring. If P.O.D's having a bad day, we're not gonna come in and write sad songs. It's not how we are."
-P.O.D. bassist Traa Daniels talking about their upcoming album, Payable On Death. Other P.O.D. albums include Satellite, The Fundamental Elements of Southtown, The Warriors EP, Brown and Snuff the Punk. The Still Payin' Dues DVD is also available. (Source: Teen People, October 2003)
"Being a rebel is about making an impact and making people do a double take."
"It's already happening. But the difference with me is that I'm a survivor. I won't be crucified. I decided a long time ago that I could achieve my vision. The weak are crushed. The weak are killed. I'm not one of them."
-Brody Armstrong, lead singer of the Distillers, on people reading into their latest album's cover art, which depicts a nude woman being crucified with blood gushing from her side. (Source: Blender, October 2003)
September 21, 2003
"I'm not gonna come out on this record and show my crotch or anything. That's not me. I would never do anything like that. It's all in the way you do stuff, all in the way you carry things. The music is most important to me."
"I think every photo shoot I've done has been tasteful. I'll never be a vamp-vixen-sex goddess."
September 12, 2003
"Ignore it. Do what you do. You can't let people delegate to you what you should do when it's coming from way in here [taps heart]. I wouldn't let anybody influence me into thinking I was doing the wrong thing by singing about death, hell and drugs. Cause I've always done that. And I always will."
-Johnny Cash, who died today, giving advice to rappers criticized for focusing on death and violence. (Source: MTV.com, August 2003)
September 10, 2003
"I actually didn't want to have control of the writing on my first album. To write, you have to have time to connect with yourself. I don't have that time right now, because I'm so busy."
September 8, 2003
"If we lose fans because kids just genuinely don't like the record I made, if that's the case, I'm sorry to see you go, but that's a real honorable way to turn your back on a band. I can understand if I didn't come through for you personally, if you prefer the other records. I'm sorry that you didn't like it. I like it. It's what I needed to do. I could not be prouder of this record. And if you hate it solely because it's popular, then that's not my problem."
-Dashboard Confessional lead-singer Chris Carrabba responding to long-time fans put off by the sudden popularity of their new album, A Mark, A Mission, A Brand, A Scar. Other Dashboard Confessional albums include The Places You Have Come to Fear the Most, Swiss Army Romance and MTV Unplugged. (Source: Spin, October 2003)
September 4, 2003
"Well, [the label] told me to tell everybody, 'This is the new me -- I've never been so happy.' But really, I was completely miserable. I was apart from the love of my life, and I was a robot, trying to do everything that everybody was telling me to do, trying to please everybody."
-Jessica Simpson describing the image change she went through with the release of her Irresistible album, which flopped. With her new album, In This Skin, Simpson is back to her old self. (Source: CosmoGirl!, September 2003)
August 31, 2003
"I've tried to avoid stuff that would make me into, you know, the cutesy-poo of the moment."
"I obviously don't want to offend people, but I can't let it totally tear me apart inside and change the way I do things just because there are certain people who don't like the decisions I've made."
August 29, 2003
"You gotta have vision! You gotta be unafraid. You can't lock people into boxes that the public does."
-Pharrell Williams, music producer and half of the hip-hop duo The Neptunes, in response to the suggestion that it was a risk to work with teen-y boppers Britney Spears and Justin Timberlake. (Source: Q magazine, September 2003)
August 20, 2003
"The vision was to do more of a Britney Spears pop thing, which was really a void in Christian music. Now that the musical climate is changing and we're hearing from our audience, we're learning what issues they are going through and how their tastes are changing as they get older. That's given us more room to grow. Plus, we've established ourselves a little bit more since we first came out, so I feel like we have more liberty to put more of who we are individually into the music."
August 14, 2003
"You don't have to be half-naked to be successful. Just be talented."