Quotes by: Beck

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Beck
Beck performing in 2006
Background information
Birth name Bek David Campbell
Born (1970-07-08) July 8, 1970 (age 46)
Los Angeles, California, United States
Genres
Alternative rock anti-folk art pop[1] Americana alternative hip hop
Occupation(s)
Singer songwriter record producer multi-instrumentalist
Instruments
Vocals guitar
Years active 1985–present
Labels
DGC Interscope Geffen XL Bong Load Capitol
Associated acts
Charlotte Gainsbourg The Flaming Lips Devendra Banhart Thurston Moore Jack White Nate Ruess Flume Lady Gaga
Website beck.com
Notable instruments
1448 Silvertone Danelectro[2]

Most of my early records were not cohesive at all, just collections of demos recorded in different years. 'Odelay' was the first time I actually got to go in the studio and record a piece of music in a continuous linear fashion, although that was written over a year.
Beck
If you look at an old piece of sheet music, there's all kinds of text on it, there are ads, there are proclamations of the greatest songs' success, there's artwork. So there is a tactile, physical experience of learning the song and the way it's notated.
Beck
Something just happens when you're making a record, where certain things start to come out. It's just something in the air.
Beck
The repercussions of what you put out and what people gravitate to in your music never registered at all. I never had that thing that maybe other bands have - a specific idea of what they are and what their sound is.
Beck
I hadn't done much rapping in a while. I really wasn't sure I was going to do that any more. For a couple years I thought I was done with that. It wasn't really required of me.
Beck
I'm really fascinated by lingos and colloquialisms that are outmoded and have gone by the wayside. I love the way people spoke in the '30s, and the amazing slang of the mid-'60s and '70s.
Beck
I have heard some stuff that might be influenced by my records, but it's usually pretty wacky and off-the-wall, which is kind of annoying, to be frank.
Beck
It's really hard for me to commit, one way or the other. I was just always creating and seeing what came out.
Beck
I sat out a few years because I wasn't really sure what I wanted to do next. So many things were changing in music and in culture, so it seemed like a good time to step back.
Beck
When you work with somebody for a long period of time, you develop a shorthand with everything.
Beck
I didn't want to be on a major label. I wanted all the attention and the noise to go away because I wanted to be something a little bit more substantial.
Beck
There's more things that I'd like to do. You know, each song is a little bit of a puzzle. I see most of them as just failed attempts.
Beck
Especially in music, you wonder, Okay, should I still be doing this? Like, are you overstaying your welcome at the party? But I don't know.
Beck
If we look at the fact that record covers are essentially advertisements for the music, we acknowledge a function and purpose to draw in the prospective buyer.
Beck
In recording, you're trying to make something work sonically - getting the right inflection on the right guitar sound - and maybe a part that would be musically great doesn't sound as cool. On paper, though, it's all stripped back. The musical idea is the one that wins.
Beck
There are a lot of people who really abused sampling and gave it a bad name, by just taking people's entire hit songs and rapping over them. It gave publishers license to get a little greedy.
Beck
You have to shelve a lot of your inspiration. There's only so much you can do with one record.
Beck
To me, 'rock star' conjures up something like a mystic: someone who sees himself as above other people, someone who has the key to the secret that people want to know.
Beck
In the past it seemed like I was making fun of rap a little bit. But it was more me making fun of myself, since I'm not technically a rapper, whatever that means.
Beck
What Spotify pays me is not even enough to pay the musicians playing with me or the people working on the discs. It's not working. Something is going to have to give.
Beck
I came up in a time when Springsteen, the Stones, Dylan, and the Beatles were still dominant. For every magazine cover with a new band, there were five covers with one of those guys.
Beck
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