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Roy Ayers Quotes and Sayings

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When I was recording from '70 to '82,
I always played piano and laid the tracks down.
But I used to talk to the other musicians while the track was playing.
- Roy Ayers

I don't trip on that much.
I just like to enjoy life and be happy.
- Roy Ayers

You grow and learn a lot about the industry and what
happens behind closed doors over the years.
- Roy Ayers

A lot of the hip hop artists don't write music.
They write words.
- Roy Ayers

 

Most musicians count at the beginning,
and never count and talk to their musicians after that.
They only talk to them at the end of the song.
But I would count with them and talk.
- Roy Ayers

The majors, they have to control the distribution,
the record outlets, the radio and, in some cases,
even the venues.
And downloading and pirating have also put pressure on the majors.
- Roy Ayers

Soul has no musical geographical or racial boundaries.
- Roy Ayers

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Some people really trip on success or popularity.
My friends would talk to me about that,
about tripping on all this stuff, but you know what
I tripped on? I started buying property.
- Roy Ayers

Now I get exposure first with people directly in the clubs.
This is a unique situation for me.
- Roy Ayers

Most artists have contracts directly with the record company,
and when they do music, all of their music is owned by the record company.
But I did mine through a production company.
- Roy Ayers

I was with PolyGram; that was the big label that I
was with for the longest,
like 12 years.
- Roy Ayers

I've been sampled so much and I'm glad it's happened,
it's a great compliment.
- Roy Ayers

DJs and people in the street know what they like.
- Roy Ayers

I don't like rap that you can't understand.
The youth is so quick and alert.
- Roy Ayers

I think music all the time.
- Roy Ayers

I still look good.
I'm trippin', but people tell me that all the time.
So check it out, I'm 63, and still kicking.
I've been putting records out every year.
- Roy Ayers

It's a wonderful feeling just being in this creative motif.
- Roy Ayers

I don't think I'm really so unique.
If every black person looked at their life they would
quickly discover that they have been influenced by
every type of music prevalent in America.
- Roy Ayers

I'd definitely love to play in Nashville again.
That would be really good.
- Roy Ayers

I always had this energy level that made me want to come to New York.
- Roy Ayers

I couldn't get my album played over the so-called smooth jazz stations.
Jazz stations would not play it.
You don't always know who you're making that soul connection with.
- Roy Ayers

Back in the day, I used to be in the studio recording 20 hours a day.
And that was all of the time.
I still record a lot of hours, but I don't go as long as I used to.
- Roy Ayers

I generally sell my records online or at the show.
You can undersell the distributor and the stores,
and people know what they're getting cause they've just seen you live.
- Roy Ayers

I was being an artist, being sensitive and technical as artists are.
I'm sure Leonardo Da Vinci did that.
Artists don't always feel the same as others feel about their work.
- Roy Ayers

People in England were coming up to me,
saying, My mother and father turned me on to your music.
This happened to me 20 years ago.
When I was 40 they were saying that.
- Roy Ayers

The true beauty of music is that it connects people.
It carries a message, and we, the musicians,
are the messengers.
- Roy Ayers

I'm celebrating my 40th year in show business this year.
- Roy Ayers

Artists don't always know.
Almost every song I ever recorded that was a hit at
the majors that the promotional people picked I didn't think it would be a hit.
I was wrong every time!
- Roy Ayers

People are always defining and re-defining music.
My style of playing has been characterized as smooth jazz and acid jazz.
I listen as I play; I'm not caught up in defining the type of music I play.
- Roy Ayers

Having good health, being able to breathe and be happy,
that's one of the most beautiful gifts.
On top of that, I have the gift to play music and make
people happy through that.
I'm just telling you from my heart, I'm so in love with life.
- Roy Ayers

Only a certain number of people go to a store over the period of a year.
When a person sees my record on the shelf,
it eliminates someone else's record from being sold.
It's about continuing to try to find new ways to sell records.
- Roy Ayers

What we call soul has been around a long time.
It comes out of a particular culture that is African in origin,
but influenced by 250 years of slavery,
as well as other forms of racial oppression.
- Roy Ayers

You can't make up anything anymore.
The world itself is a satire.
All you're doing is recording it.
- Art Buchwald

I hadn't been a recording artist all that long when
albums came on the scene,
and I was one of the first singers to point the way
to how varied an album's contents could be.
- Mel Torme

My first recording, a guy came down to Philadelphia
and heard me play and he introduced me to Alfred Lion.
- Jimmy Smith

One thing I'm doing on the new Titanic recording is
actually bringing in different acoustic spaces.
- Gavin Bryars

I'm very attached to Paris because I have a base there
and am also recording there,
but New York is home to me when I'm in the U.S.,
because it's nice to have a bed to go back to.
- Keren Ann

A lot of our tracks have sounded a lot better than
I thought they would because of recording,
mixing, and because I probably didn't hear it that way.
I'm not a songwriter.
- Charlie Watts

Touring and promoting and recording take a lot of time,
it's just getting the right balance that's important.
- Jamelia

I learned so much about recording and about singing
on records from Ken Nelson.
- Wanda Jackson

My history is really playing live - not writing or recording.
- Tom Jenkinson

Still for fun, I play the drums, but I don't do much recording with them.
- Jan Hammer

There was never going to be a right time for a band
that was still recording and had health in its environment,
had made a very good record and was playing well.
- Peter Garrett

Today's recording techniques would have been regarded
as science fiction forty years ago.
- Tony Visconti

This is an album of songs that I've always loved,
tunes that I heard.
For the first time in 53 years of recording,
I really had control over an entire album,
start to finish.
- Etta James

Nothing could be recorded in those days except by aiming
a movie camera at the television screen.
It was at least another 10 years before they had any
kind of recording medium.
- Nigel Kneale

I'm recording an album.
It's sort of techno mixed with garbage -
you,
know, intense in-your-face music.
- Christy Romano

I'm glad I'm not Brezhnev.
Being the Russian leader in the Kremlin.
You never know if someone's tape recording what you say.
- Richard M. Nixon

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

I have a recording that I did of instrumental songs.
- Joanna Newsom

Believe it or not, most people think of me as a recording artist,
but actually the way I think of myself and the way
I earn my living is as a performing artist.
- Helen Reddy

I was following my muse and I was very fortunate in
having good people around me and it turned out to be
a pretty good recording in my opinion.
- Ronnie Montrose

There was a time when fast playing and fretboard pyrotechnics
on the bass were important to me and when I am recording a bass track,
that is still very important to me.
- Geddy Lee

The Audio Home Recording Act directly says that noncommercial
copying by consumers is lawful.
- David Boies

I'm still amazed by the process of recording.
- Graham Coxon

I had to go into a studio and compose and write and
press up 12 songs in 14 hours.
When you're recording a song from scratch it takes
you 14 hours to do just one song.
- Grandmaster Flash

Throughout the evening I would be recording these long
saxophone delays and about four hours into the concert,
if I wanted to take a break I would just play back the saxophone.
- Terry Riley

Each one of us had a little story to tell and each
recording was based on that.
Lou played all of the music but we both sort of kicked
around some cords during the writing phase.
- Phil Harris

I have been recording for five decades now.
- Chuck Mangione

The first Broadway show I ever heard was the recording of Carousel,
and it was a very vivid experience.
- Bernadette Peters

We stuck the record head so it kept on recording over
and over on top of itself and played keyboard notes
into it to create this ghost repetition melody.
- Colin Greenwood

I think I've done more recording in the past 10 years than most people,
but it's all been directed toward film composing and soundtracks.
Just the same, it's been great.
- Stanley Clarke

What producers did was mostly recording in the studio,
so it never changed our sound just that much.
- Stephen Malkmus

I've been doing a lot of studying singing,
and I'm thinking of recording an album containing all
my old war horses and putting out a songbook at the same time.
- David Friedman

We won a contest at the teen fair in Vancouver and
the first prize was a recording contract and we recorded
at a radio station on the stairway,
and we did a record and it got put out.
- Tommy Chong

Duncan Aldrich has been my partner in most recording projects,
and touring projects, for the past decade.
- Warren Zevon

I probably had the most fun recording For Richer For Poorer in Nashville.
- Mark Edwards

The recording industry has changed; they're enjoying
such incredible success in the pop field.
- Gerry Mulligan

Idol has pretty much taken me out of my recording and out of my choreography.
I have managed to slip in some choreography jobs.
And I've been writing songs for other artists.
- Paula Abdul

A studio recording is perfection, but emotion and passion
come only when you turn on the machine and go for the groove.
If you do that with no mistakes, it sounds beautiful.
- Chuck Mangione

I prefer recording drums in the analog format,
but that does not mean I would only do it that way.
- Randy Castillo


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