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Find something you love and commit. Commit 100%. Put your head down, and work as hard as you can. Make it as best you can, and that’s all you can really do. It doesn’t sound like much, but lots of people don’t do the work. And it’s not men or women. Lots of people like to be the director, but don’t like to do a lot of the work that is sometimes quite tedious.

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I mean, it didn’t matter to me that there were people, it didn’t matter that I was shy Just the sound was so captivating that it helped me to get rid of those inhibitions.

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The act of surrendering sort of puts me in a different mindset that allows me to be more of a channel – because I’m not holding on so tightly to things, I’m letting go, and I find that in letting go I become more of a channel for life to really happen on life’s terms. I mean, maybe that sounds sort of metaphysical, but that’s honestly how I feel.

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It may sound terrible, but I often say that the military saved me from a conventional life in the United States and I’ve never really thanked them for it, because I haven’t exactly been pro-military in my work.

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I am not unaware that I have the mindset, as contradictory as it may sound, to discover in the world what I am in fact looking for. Perhaps the best pictures are a seamless hybrid of discovery and construction.

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I was pillaging a lot of music that had nothing to do with guitar playing, using a lot of strange tunings and voicings and chord structures that aren’t really that natural to the guitar; I ended up developing a harmonic palette that’s not particularly natural to the guitar because I was always trying to make my guitar sound like something else.

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I’ve always been a perfectionist, so I always wanted to sound better than I did. But, that’s a never-ending process. You always want to get better. There’s always room to grow.

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I find that I’m always struggling with the noise of the city. When I get a good take, there will be a horn or a siren or something. So it makes me very conscious of outside sounds, which in a way maybe led me to incorporate the field recordings.

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I feel like these sounds are the ultimate kind of free sounds, the ultimate public domain sounds. And I feel like people put them in completely different contexts, and they mean something different to everybody.

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I spent two years living in London – I’d have stayed for ever if I could have got a work visa. It was there I started collecting vinyl and fell in love with the sounds of the 1970s.

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[David] Bowie had a genius for continual change himself, reinventing his sound and his image throughout the decades. Each album seemed to find Bowie in a different persona, with a new sound to match his new look.