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A real foolproof way to do it is play your stuff by hook or by crook and build up a grass roots following.
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After College I traveled across country to LA and within six months had a record deal - it was very premature, I was not ready to make a record.
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And frankly, when I made that record, hit songs were not what I was trying to achieve.
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Because of my Buddhist practice, I'm never lacking for inspiration.
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But I can't really say there is too much modern music that I'm blown away by at this moment.
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But really important, perhaps most important is the craft; how you make your record, the creation of these sonic worlds you want your listener to hear.
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But these days 20th century classical and Indian music is influencing me somewhat.
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For my second record I had gotten ProTools (program) and started to familiar myself with hard disc recording.
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Happy music doesn't tend to move me much.
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I actually am always a music first person.
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I actually think sadness and darkness can be very beautiful and healing.
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I also wanted to make a record that was about other things than romance, yeah, after two years on the road singing all the songs from the first album, I got kind of tired of that.
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I certainly wouldn't say that my life is a disaster, but there have been moments where I've felt like that.
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I feel fortunate about being able to make the music I want to make and getting away with it.
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I got a publishing deal with BMG, they were supportive, and some money to record demos.
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I make the kind of music I like.
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I mean, at the end of the day when I'm making a record, what I want to do is what I do.
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I mean, I was glad that people liked it and happy for it to be on the radio, but all my musical influences weren't really pop artists.
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I privilege the music over the lyrics.
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I started playing music at a pretty young age.
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I think in a way I was probably completely naive about what it takes to make something become a hit.
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I think my Buddhist practice has a profound influence on my life and encompasses my creative projects.
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I think that creative energy definitely comes from the process of chanting and connecting to the larger universe out there.
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I try to make sure that the Buddhism is more or less implicit in the music rather than explicit.
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I wouldn't say that I've had a tough life by any stretch of the imagination.
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I'd have these weird experiences where I'd just be walking down the street with this chord progression in my head, this happened more than a few times, and I'd walk home and find a fax in my machine and it would match the music in my head.
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I'm a pretty big P.J. Harvey record fan and you can really hear New York in his record.
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I'm fortunate I have this coterie of musicians around me to help take music to next level. Being surrounded by so much creative energy, so many creative people really feeds that creativity in me.
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I'm honored that War Child has asked me to help them with their efforts in bringing relief to the crisis in Kosovo.
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If I were to do this over I'd play a lot more shows before I made a record.
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It gives you more objectivity when they aren't your lyrics because you are seeing that lyric the same as a listener would.
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It's inevitable your environment will influence what you do.
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Lately I've been a workaholic. I'm in the studio all the time and I've helped to produce a couple of artists.
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My first two records were more energetic; Phantom Moon is subtle, quiet; so these various reactions are just something I expected.
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My second record was all about big ideas - I was trying to make big statements about the culture, about life. I think in a certain way, I was a 27 year old kid with a guitar.
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Obviously my records aren't really that bright, but that is just my taste and has been that way before I was Buddhist.
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Simon Hale, the British arranger, does all string and wood arrangements on my records.
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So I started chanting when I was nineteen, which was about twelve years ago, and it really had a huge impact on my outlook, happiness, and general creativity.
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So, I assumed my career would take a different path than it did and it happened much faster than I thought it would happen.
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So, once I've written a song, you know, I'm pretty happy with what the song is on its own terms.
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The difficult thing about a pop record is that you're given guidelines: it has to have 3 choruses, and then it must be between 3 minutes fifteen seconds and three minutes forty-five seconds.
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The experiences of promoting my first album were really something; there is so much illusion in my environment (touring and pop music) that I wanted to clear away.
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Things come to me pretty regularly. There is never a shortage or a backlog.
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Ultimately, if I'm really moved by something, it's going to go on the record and that's that.
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When I was a teenager, I got into four track recorders, drum machines, and synthesizers, and I started producing instrumental music.
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Duncan Sheik Events

'Sondheim 80' - a musical retrospective held as part of The Roundabout Theatre Company's 2010 Spring Gala at Studio 54 in New York

2010-03-22

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