I'm excited about there being more of a sisterhood these days. Back in the '90s there was a lot of hate - the women I looked up to as artists were dissing me! It's not so patriarchal these days - there's more love and a lot less hate!
Some artists shrink from self-awareness fearing that it will destroy their unique gifts and even their desire to create. The truth of the matter is quite opposite.
People shouldn't trust artists and they shouldn't trust art. Part of the fun of art is that it invites you to interpret it.
I am thankful that geniuses and artists and good people no matter how hard it is will eventually be recognized. I am doubly thankful that also goes for idiots.
You need to know what makes artists tick. Having been through the process myself as a musician since I was an early teen gave me an advantage - understanding them from their point of view because it's about them it's not about you - it's their vision and what they're capable of achieving and you're the conduit.
The history of the music industry is inevitably also the story of the development of technology. From the player piano to the vinyl disc from reel-to-reel tape to the cassette from the CD to the digital download these formats and devices changed not only the way music was consumed but the very way artists created it.
Some people are really drawn to technology and I liken them to artists.
But some great records are are being made with today's technology and there are still great artists among us. Likewise there are artists today who are so reliant on modern technology they wouldn't have emerged when recording was more organic.
Many of the artists who have represented Negro life have seen only the comic ludicrous side of it and have lacked sympathy with and appreciation for the warm big heart that dwells within such a rough exterior.
Eventually with success I started to feel more and more isolated - like I didn't have a community of artists.
Artists are going to be the metronome of this society.
And if we must educate our poets and artists in science we must educate our masters labour and capital in art.
Science is not a heartless pursuit of objective information. It is a creative human activity its geniuses acting more as artists than as information processors.
It always makes me sad when I think of how I saw Wagner wasting his vitality not only by singing their parts to some of his artists but acting out the smallest details and of how few they were who were responsive to his wishes.
You see so many artists who are so talented end up living sad empty lives. This industry takes so much out of you that without the accountability and leaving God in the center you can be left so empty and void.
I love music and musicians. And seeing great artists dropped from labels was really frustrating and sad to me.
And it's sad because it's like a surprise to people - almost an anomaly - when artists are actually refined and trained on an instrument. That's the last thing people think about.
The most aggressive artists often hide their romantic side.
There are forms of art that I might not like to do myself but I still have respect for the artists who create it.
I think it's important for artists to work together. It's great for fans to see like Ludacris came out to our show in Atlanta and kinda made a surprise appearance there it shows a mutual respect for what each other does.
I like messing around and I like working with artists who I respect.
All men are somewhat ridiculous and grotesque just because they are men and in this respect artists might well be regarded as man multiplied by two. So it is was and shall be.
Too many younger artists critics and curators are fetishizing the sixties transforming the period into a deformed cult a fantasy religion a hip brand and a crippling disease.
Favored Nations is a long-term commitment. Our hope is that those who are passionate about real musicianship will want to hear and own most of our albums. We will set out to attain the same direct relationship with our customers that we have with our artists.