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More labels should be like that.
Instead of putting these records out myself,
I should have just signed with them,
but they probably don't like my music (laughs).
- Matthew Sweet

I had no allusions of radio success.
I just loved being in studios.
I was having fun and in that sense I now feel a lot
like I did when I did that record.
- Matthew Sweet

The summer of 2002 at the Wilson birthday party I met
Van Dyke again and I made plans to have dinner with him.
- Matthew Sweet

I figured if the plane goes down, I'll go with a great
genius and will always have my name connected with his.
- Matthew Sweet


There are things that I value now that I didn't when I first went over there,
like Zen Buddhism, which has become part of my life
over the last couple years.
- Matthew Sweet

When I go to Japan and do shows I play for 1,000 to 1,500 people.
I like a lot about Japan.
Their popular culture and mass commercialization appeals to me.
- Matthew Sweet

You know that they're not just into it for the moment,
they really care about it and value it over time.
- Matthew Sweet

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It became a question of do I want to be on a label
where it could take three years to put out a record
instead of putting out three records over the same
period of time on my own.
- Matthew Sweet

I went to a rare live Van Dyke show and met him there.
And then he came to a show of mine and we spoke back stage.
The third time was at Brian Wilson's birthday party.
- Matthew Sweet

I have more perspective now, and am happier now.
It's not that I don't want success, but I now know
I can have success at a lower level and make much more
money doing it by myself.
I make $6 or $7 bucks a record vs. nothing off those other records.
- Matthew Sweet

When I did the record, I was coming off a time when
my contract had been sold and the music industry had changed a lot.
I didn't understand how to make records for big labels.
I was waiting for a new kind of record label to emerge.
- Matthew Sweet

First off, I don't want anyone to think I'm this huge thing in Japan.
Every group from here that's made any records over any length of time -
even indie bands -
have a Cheap Trick effect in Japan.
- Matthew Sweet

My family lives there, so I come back sometimes between shows for a couple days.
I get back a couple times a year.
When I was 30 to 34 I was weirded out when I came back -
you know,
how your past gets away from you.
It's grown so much.
- Matthew Sweet

I wanted Kimi to be a Japanese record with a Japanese title.
I wanted it to be for them.
They appreciate things on a different level,
and take their art very seriously - that's special if you're an artist.
- Matthew Sweet

He wanted to play accordion on something of mine and
I said you can play accordion,
but I want you to play piano and organ on some stuff.
He came over a couple times a week for two weeks and
gave me therapy as to whether I should do The Thorns or not.
- Matthew Sweet

So it helped me to just let go of all my tensions and
feelings about that world and say 'OK,
this is for my fans in Japan.
They'll be nice and get into it and have fun.'
And it was the first record I made at my home studio.
- Matthew Sweet

Back then, we could drive a mile from home and there was nothing.
Now it's grown in every direction and is populated and modernized.
I guess I have mixed feelings about it,
but I'm not someone that thinks everything should stop growing.
- Matthew Sweet

He helped make Living Things even more crazy than I wanted it to be.
He added old-fashioned piano and classical folk music -
that weird otherworldly vibe -
all these elements got onto the record.
- Matthew Sweet

It wasn't so much that I had to leave to make it in
the music business as I was curious to be out on my own and sort of explore.
I never felt that where I was ever influenced my songwriting.
- Matthew Sweet

Girlfriend and 100 Percent Fun were my two peeks,
around '92 and '96.
The reality is that the times I had the most media success,
sold lots of records and played bigger shows,
I had the least control of my own life.
- Matthew Sweet

They said, 'If we put you in first class with Brian,
will you do it?' So I flew after not having flown in eight years.
If there's one person who doesn't like flying as much as me,
it's Brian.
- Matthew Sweet

Creativity is much better when it's free.
Someone can take it and sell it if that's what it needs,
and from that standpoint, you have to have a label.
If you could make your music and just give it away
and somehow make a living -
that would be the best scenario.
- Matthew Sweet

The openness of rural Nebraska certainly influenced me.
That openness, in a way, fosters the imagination.
But growing up, Lincoln wasn't a small town.
It was a college town.
It had record stores and was a liberal place.
- Matthew Sweet

Some people want to call me an Appalachian writer,
even though I know some people use regional labels to belittle.
- Robert Morgan

I don't put labels on myself.
- John Engler

I've always loved words.
I ate up all the books I could get my hands on,
and when I couldn't get books, I read candy wrappers
and labels on cereal and toothpaste boxes.
- Judy Holliday

Major labels blow all their money massively and blame it on the band.
- Bruce Dickinson

Even though we're not the most punk rock band,
the way we've done things is pretty punk rock.
Just kinda say it with a big middle finger to the record
labels and do it ourselves.
- Brandon Thomas

We'll look at a bunch of deals that are being offered to us,
and we decide where to go and continue on I guess.
It's not too early to start considering our options with other labels.
- Josh Silver

It's just someone has labelled us as having a different label to do what you do.
I find that labels are the worst thing in the world for artistic expression.
- Ornette Coleman

I've tried to avoid labels, but they always find you.
- Poppy Z. Brite

You know how it is with drawers and labels in the music business.
They don't want anything to be complicated.
They just want it simple, as simple as possible.
- Mark McGrath

Whatever labels are being pinned on me have nothing to do with me.
- Skeet Ulrich

It is hard, though, 'cos record labels love to boss you around.
I won't let them do that anymore.
- Evan Dando

Our names are labels, plainly printed on the bottled
essence of our past behavior.
- Logan P. Smith

Formats are going to change because this is what the people want.
It's not what the labels want.
- Nikki Sixx

Generally, you are held to a sound and that becomes your sound.
That gets branded as your sound, and all the copycats
start with it because the labels are looking for that sound.
- Randy Bachman

I think that's the problem in a lot of music.
We've got these record labels.
- Teena Marie

We are meeting with Sony, and we have a couple of other
labels that suddenly have interest and that's really
great because none of them have actually heard our stuff.
- Shane West

I hate record labels.
They think they know everything.
I want to hear them try to sing it.
- Jessica Simpson

Artists are traditionally resistant to labels.
- Patti Smith

We aren't as concerned about the live aspect as other labels.
The best live bands are the easiest to record.
- Greg Ginn

Whatever labels may be attached to the fifteen charges brought against me,
they all arise from my having been a member of the
Communist Party and from my activities as a member.
- Bram Fischer

Labels don't mean anything to me.
I'm trying to play as passionately as I'm able to.
If they want to call that cool, that's fine.
Just spell the name right, is the formula.
- Lee Konitz

Independent artists and labels have always been the
trend setters in music and the music business.
- Shawn Fanning

The Prime Minister has an absolute genius for putting
flamboyant labels on empty luggage.
- Aneurin Bevan

A lot of big labels will just sign bands like a write off.
- Adam Rich

We could have gone with much bigger labels and more money,
but we wanted to go with a company that is LA based,
all in the same building, and really understands what the artists want.
- Adam Jones

I don't care what people call me, labels have the negative
value of making smaller boundaries for people.
- Michael Graves

A lot of labels are hiring a lot more accountants than people that know music.
- Taylor Hanson

Labels are for cans, not people.
- Anthony Rapp

I now believe that major labels can only work with
people who care more about fame and money than the
quality of the art they produce.
- Malcolm Wilson

You know, I am just a musician and I have no idea these
days what good and bad is in terms of labels.
- Billy Sherwood

My feeling is that labels are for canned food...
I am what I am - and I know what I am.
- Michael Stipe

We are too quick to put labels on things.
It is my profession.
I get up and paint.
Everyone wants to put a label on it,
but I am a free spirit,
so I fight against that.
- Geoffrey Holder

Labels are for filing.
Labels are for clothing.
Labels are not for people.
- Martina Navratilova

I have friends who have a CD mastering plant in Hollywood
and they are very sceptical about European record labels'
understanding of digital technology.
- Gavin Bryars

What I really resent most about people sticking labels
on you is that it cuts off all the other elements of
what you are because it can only deal with black and white;
the cartoon.
- Siouxsie Sioux

I love music and musicians.
And seeing great artists dropped from labels was really
frustrating and sad to me.
- Rosanna Arquette

I think putting labels on people is just an easy way
of marketing something you don't understand.
- Adam Jones

Judge men less by the labels they wear than by their
persistent labour for sure if slow progress.
- John Burns

Major labels didn't start showing up really until they smelled money,
and that's all they're ever going to be attracted to
is money-that's the business they're in-
making money.
- Ian MacKaye

I know there are some labels that put out music for art's sake,
but I don't know which ones.
- Joshua Homme

In those days the big U.S.
labels didn't have any particular interest in the Latin market.
- Ruben Blades

Uncritical semantics is the myth of a museum in which
the exhibits are meanings and the words are labels.
To switch languages is to change the labels.
- Willard Van Orman Quine

I tend to not want to put labels or categories on the music,
only because people come with preconceived ideas about
what they're going to hear,
or won't come for this reason.
- Chuck Mangione

I'm recording another demo for another batch of record
labels that we'll shop it around to.
- Ahmed Best

A lot of people have tried to put labels on me,
but right now I'm focused on being Kristi Noem and
getting my message out to South Dakotans.
- Kristi Noem

One of the reasons I started Tzadik,
which is my own label,
is to keep things in print.
I got tired of labels dropping things out of print when they don't sell.
- John Zorn

You see, party labels do not ensure unanimity any more
than trying to cast the challenge we confront as a
people through a partisan prism.
- J. D. Hayworth

I think part of what happens is that small labels want to get bigger.
And bigger is not better.
- Joshua Homme

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