60 David Byrne Quotes On Music and Industry

The true face of smoking is disease, death and horror – not the glamour and sophistication the pushers in the tobacco industry try to portray.

We don’t make music – it makes us

Do I wear a helmet? Ugh. I do when I’m riding through a precarious part of town, meaning Midtown traffic. But when I’m riding on secure protected lanes or on the paths that run along the Hudson or through Central Park – no, I don’t wear the dreaded helmet then.

Cycling can be lonely, but in a good way. It gives you a moment to breathe and think, and get away from what you’re working on.

That’s the thing about pictures: they seduce you.

My favorite time of day is to get up and eat leftovers from dinner, especially spicy food.

The physical sensation of gliding with the wind in your face is exhilarating. That automatic activity of pedalling, when you have to be awake but not think too much, allows you to let subconscious thoughts bubble up, and things seem to just sort themselves out. And the adrenaline wakes you up if you weren’t properly alert.

Deep down, I know I have this intuition or instinct that a lot of creative people have, that their demons are also what make them create.

To shake your rump is to be environmentally aware.

Software constraints are only confining if you use them for what they’re intended to be used for.

You create a community with music, not just at concerts but by talking about it with your friends.

On a bike, being just slightly above pedestrian and car eye level, one gets a perfect view of the goings-on in one’s own town.

Life tends to be an accumulation of a lot of mundane decisions, which often gets ignored.

The city is a body and a mind – a physical structure as well as a repository of ideas and information.

PowerPoint may not be of any use for you in a presentation, but it may liberate you in another way, an artistic way. Who knows.

I like to combine the dramatic emotional warmth of strings with the grooves and body business of drums and bass.

I can’t deny that label-support gave me a leg up – though not every successful artist needs it.

I have trouble imagining what I could do that’s beyond the practicality of what I can do.

Everything’s intentional. It’s just filling in the dots.

The imminent demise of the large record companies as gatekeepers of the world’s popular music is a good thing, for the most part.

I try never to wear my own clothes, I pretend I’m someone else.

One knew in advance that life in New York would not be easy, but there were cheap rents in cold-water lofts without heat, and the excitement of being here made up for those hardships. I didn’t move to New York to make a fortune

I wanted to be a secret agent and an astronaut, preferably at the same time.

Domination and monopoly is the name of the game in the web marketplace.

I’ve got nothing to say most of the time.I ride my bike almost every day here in New York. It’s getting safer to do so, but I do have to be fairly alert when riding on the streets as opposed to riding on the Hudson River bike path or similar protected lanes

You can know or not know how a car runs and still enjoy riding in a car.

I couldn’t talk to people face to face, so I got on stage and started screaming and squealing and twitching.

We tend to mistake music for the physical object.

It’s not always been a happy marriage. I guess I wanted a quick fix.

Television sounded really different than the Ramones sounded really different than us sounded really different than Blondie sounded really different than the Sex Pistols.

Frank Lloyd Wright… his things were beautiful but not very functional.

Before recording technology existed, you could not separate music from its social context.

Well, Marx is having a comeback. I hear him mentioned a lot in terms of the global financial situation and the general sense of injustice out there. A lot of economic experts in America refer to him without actually using the M word, but he’s around.

I’ve made money, and I’ve been ripped off. I’ve had creative freedom, and I’ve been pressured to make hits. I have dealt with diva behavior from crazy musicians, and I have seen genius records by wonderful artists get completely ignored. I love music. I always will.

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.

To shake your rump is to be environmentally aware.

With music, you often don’t have to translate it. It just affects you, and you don’t know why.

Yeah, I like to keep myself interested – I’ll kind of throw myself into some area that I don’t completely know or understand, that I’m not adept at, so I’m forced to swim in order to stay afloat. There’s a good feeling that comes from that.

Performing is a thing in itself, a distinct skill, different from making recordings. And for those who can do it, it’s a way to make a living.

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.

With music, you often don’t have to translate it. It just affects you, and you don’t know why.

All you needed was a couple of instruments and a few chords and you could be on an indie label.

Analysis is like a lobotomy. Who wants to have all their edges shaved off?

I didn’t have any agenda or plan when I started writing stuff.

I find rebellion packaged by a major corporation a little hard to take seriously.

I knew I wanted to have a doll of myself on the cover. I thought, I wanna see myself as a Ken doll.

I didn’t have any agenda or plan when I started writing stuff.

I couldn’t take pictures of green rolling hills.

I read the NY Times but I don’t trust all of it.

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I subscribe to the myth that an artist’s creativity comes from torment. Once that’s fixed, what do you draw on?

I never listen to the radio unless I rent a car.

I’d like to be known for more than being the guy in the big suit.

I’m afraid that everything will get homogenized and be the same.

I’ve been in beautiful landscapes where one is tempted to whip out a camera and take a picture. I’ve learned to resist that.

It didn’t even occur to me that I’m the last person in the world who should play salsa or Brazilian music.

I’m guarded; I don’t talk much

People in Latin America… love America from afar and emulate America in some ways but also hate a lot of things that America does to them.

That’s the one for my tombstone… Here lies David Byrne. Why the big suit?

Real beauty knocks you a little bit off kilter.

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