Quotes by: Damien Chazelle
Chazelle at the Deauville American Film Festival in 2014
||Damien Sayre Chazelle
January 19, 1985
Providence, Rhode Island, United States
||Princeton High School
||Film director, screenwriter
La La Land (2016)
||Jasmine McGlade (m. 2010–14)
Celia Martin Chazelle
I've always, especially through old Hollywood musicals, loved just to watch tap dancing; I adore it. I think it's fantastic.
I find L.A. kind of romantic, actually. As a movie junkie, it's a city that was built by the movies. There's something really weird and surreal about it that I find energizing.
My hands were constantly blistered or bloody; my ears were always ringing. I tore through drumheads and drumsticks like there was no tomorrow.
It's easy to show terrible people's behavior on screen, and we all just kind of nod and go, 'Isn't that terrible.' It's more interesting when you can show terrible behavior in the interest of something good.
Certainly, my manager Gary Ungar was the first person to give me any attention and hustle for me. This was back in 2009.
It was only through getting interested in more out-there and avant-garde forms that the musical suddenly seemed like such a wonderful genre to me.
It's a little difficult when something goes from being an utter obsession - a thing where your skill defines you as a person - to it just being a thing you occasionally do.
My motivation for being a good drummer was born out of fear, which, in a way, seems so antithetical to what art should be.
Practicing is not normally fun. Sometimes people say they're practicing, but they're really just enjoying themselves and the instrument. That's not real practice.
My version of a stress dream is, really, showing up on a concert stage with a drum set and not knowing the chart.
There are a lot of musicians in my life. But movies came first for me. That was my original passion.
I was a jazz drummer, and it was my life for a while: what I lived and breathed every day.
It's a weird thing where, especially in jazz, you have to totally mention cutting sessions and people one-upping each other and people being super, super tough on each other. And out of it emerge these genius musicians.
I was in high school, and when you get to be 14, 15, you start to feel a little more like your own person so that you can assert your adulthood a little bit.
If you're on the varsity team, the responsibilities are a lot bigger and there's more stress, but you also walk around feeling probably like you can hold your head high.
I don't think of 'Macbeth' as the villain. I don't think of 'King Lear' as the villain. I don't think of 'Hamlet' as the villain. I don't think of 'Travis Bickle' as the villain.
If there's a good review, I'll skip over the headline, but I always find the bad reviews and read those. I don't know why. It's a little sick and demented.
I was interested in music and making movies about musicians, but my own experiences, and doing what it felt like for me to be a drummer? Nah, I wasn't interested in that.