Roy Ayers Quotes

34 Roy Ayers quotes:

"Back in the day, I used to be in the studio recording 20 hours a day. And that was all of the time. I still record a lot of hours, but I don't go as long as I used to."
"I was with PolyGram; that was the big label that I was with for the longest, like 12 years."
"Now I get exposure first with people directly in the clubs. This is a unique situation for me."
"Some people really trip on success or popularity. My friends would talk to me about that, about tripping on all this stuff, but you know what I tripped on? I started buying property."
"Soul has no musical geographical or racial boundaries."
"Most artists have contracts directly with the record company, and when they do music, all of their music is owned by the record company. But I did mine through a production company."
"People are always defining and re-defining music. My style of playing has been characterized as smooth jazz and acid jazz. I listen as I play; I'm not caught up in defining the type of music I play."
"People in England were coming up to me, saying, My mother and father turned me on to your music. This happened to me 20 years ago. When I was 40 they were saying that."
"The true beauty of music is that it connects peopl. It carries a message, and we, the musicians, are the messengers."
"I don't like rap that you can't understand. The youth is so quick and alert."
"I'm celebrating my 40th year in show business this year."
"I've been sampled so much and I'm glad it's happened, it's a great compliment."
"Only a certain number of people go to a store over the period of a year. When a person sees my record on the shelf, it eliminates someone else's record from being sold. It's about continuing to try to find new ways to sell records."
"You grow and learn a lot about the industry and what happens behind closed doors over the years."
"Artists don't always know. Almost every song I ever recorded that was a hit at the majors that the promotional people picked I didn't think it would be a hit. I was wrong every time!"
"I don't think I'm really so unique. If every black person looked at their life they would quickly discover that they have been influenced by every type of music prevalent in America."
"I generally sell my records online or at the show. You can undersell the distributor and the stores, and people know what they're getting cause they've just seen you live."
"I got married in 1973, and my career was really at its peak between 1975, and '81-'82. Everything I put out could do no wrong. Like you can't imagine."
"I was being an artist, being sensitive and technical as artists are. I'm sure Leonardo Da Vinci did that. Artists don't always feel the same as others feel about their work."
"I'd definitely love to play in Nashville again. That would be really good."

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