If you ask a hundred people, they all give you different answers.
I was taught by my grandfather that anything that your mind can conceive, you can have. It`s a reality.
A lot of people pretty much only listen to the chorus.
Music is my life, it is a reflection of what I go through.
If I had to associate myself with one song, it would probably be Let Love Rule. It`s so simple and to the point. It speaks for itself.
I`m in this for the long haul. I`ve been making music my whole life.
Confusion makes people uncomfortable. They can`t put their finger on me.
Today, people are more into the glitz and the glamour of everything. We don`t even read the inside of records anymore.
My career has been a gradual climb. I think that`s part of the reason why I`ve had longevity.
If you listen to a lot of old funk records, the drums are really small. But you don`t perceive it like that because the groove is so heavy.
I made the record that my life had me make. Each one is like a diary.
I`ve always been into films. I`ve been offered lots of films but they`ve always been these very stereotypical roles. They wanted me to play some gangster or street guy, or pimp, drug addict.
I couldn`t tell you what I am going to do next `cause I have no idea, but I am open to anything.
Change is growth. For me it has been a very spiritual and musical rebirth.
There are so many people that don`t believe in themselves and don`t have faith.
I feel like I`m only in the beginning of my career. I`ve only made five albums. It`s not a lot.
We weren`t put here to be miserable. We were put here to do the best we can, and we should take our energy and improve our state of being.
God gave me the gift to be able to play instruments and I have to play.
I`ve been compared to hundreds of artists, which just goes to show you that I`m not any one thing at all.
God is always in my life, and that`s the most important thing to me.
I wouldn`t play together with someone who likes to control everything like me.
The image is an image.
You can be around 100 people and be completely alone. People don`t realize what it`s really like.
When I was a kid and I bought a record, I ripped that thing open, I wanted to know who was playing what, what studio it was cut at, who was the string arranger, who was the engineer.
I identify with women more than men. I guess I have a strong feminine side.
A dramatic thing, the first time you stand up to your dad.
People see my photos and think I labor over my image and I`m this cool, brooding artist. But I`m just having fun with it.
I knew what I wanted to do from the time I was 5.
It`s a trip to have a Greatest Hits record. It`s a trip.
There`s definitely an old school element to my music, but I also think it`s modern.
I never sit down to write. When I`m moved, I do it. I just wait for it to come. You just hear it. I can`t really describe writing. It`s in my head.
You`re never promised your next breath.
I think it`d be a real nightmare to put a record out and sell 20 million copies and then that`s it.
I`m always sort of reflecting on what I do on what I`ve done. Usually before I make a new album, I`ll listen to the previous albums just to see where I`ve been.
They think I`m being serious when actually I`m a very big clown. But you have to know me to see that. I`m constantly cracking up and cracking everybody else around me up.
I`m half Jewish, I`m half black, I look in-between. I dress funny. I play all these different styles of music on one record. It`s like, What is he doing?
That`s a big gift when people say to you that a song helped them or brought them to some place in their life where they needed to be.
I`ve woken up from dreams and the whole song is there. I`m listening to it in my dreams. I consciously have to wake myself up and get a tape recorder because I hear it like a record.
I am still into the people I listened to growing up, so I completely remember what is like to be a fan, I haven`t changed.
The story that I wanna tell is pretty much about the way I grew up. Being bi-racial, growing up in a big city and being an artist.
I mean, there are only so many notes. What makes something original is how you put it together.
I have a great time with my band and on the stage we get along well.
A lot of people don`t listen to the lyrics, really.
If I were white, I`d get less criticism.
Oasis are not just influenced by the Beatles; they actually take stuff. Then they get praised.
My dream is to become a farmer. Just a Bohemian guy pulling up his own sweet potatoes for dinner.
I knew Slash in high school, but not very well. Just knew him as this kid that used to hang out in the hallway. Pretty much looked then the way he does now.
I wasn`t the kind of person that liked waiting for autographs or following them, I just liked to go to the shows, study their records, driving many, many hours to different states to go to concerts.
It`s very important to vote. People died for this right.
I am not trying to change the world. I am just offering my gift that God gave me, and if somebody is moved by it, that`s beautiful.
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