Words matter. These are the best Ben Harper Quotes, and they’re great for sharing with your friends.
My main concern when travelling around the world is finding a place to skateboard!
Every single time I step into the studio, I say, ‘Can I still do this? Do I still have it? Have I ever had it?’ I suppose there’s a good amount of self-loathing that goes into any form of artisanship.
I get diminishing returns when I bore myself in an interview.
I’ve never made a record that didn’t sound better than what was in my head – that’s sort of my rule.
When it comes to partnership, some humans can make their lives alone – it’s possible. But creatively, it’s more like painting: you can’t just use the same colours in every painting. It’s just not an option. You can’t take the same photograph every time and live with art forms with no differences.
If it comes out sounding like Dixieland jazz or classical or punk or rock or even slightly metal, that’s because that’s where I’m going to find inspiration.
You look like gold. I’ve been fooled before, but now I know I’ve made the mistake in the past. But now I, now I know the difference from gold and brass.
The Blind Boys are truly the deepest well of American musical heritage you can discover.
I’m not going to do the Ben Harper house record or the Ben Harper drum ‘n’ bass record.
That happens every time I get behind a guitar, regardless of what I’m saying, ’cause music is freedom and being free is the closest I’ve ever felt to being spiritual.
I grew up with the Blind Boys’ music. My family owns a music store in Claremont, California, called The Claremont Folk Music Center. I grew up with a heavy diet of gospel, folk, and blues because those are kind of the cornerstones of traditional American music.
I love being on the road, I love playing.
When it comes to writers and poets, for me it’s Vinicius de Moraes. He’s one of the greatest lyricists ever.
My family owns a music store in Claremont, California, called The Claremont Folk Music Center.
You’re definitely a different person at different stages in your life.
I really feel like the sky is the limit with the Innocent Criminals today.
If I’m inspired and music inspires me, then I will continue to play it.
We went for the best overall feel on each song. There are no musical overdubs at all. It’s a true live record; it’s one of the few true live records out there.
I grew up with a heavy diet of gospel, folk, and blues because those are kind of the cornerstones of traditional American music.
The only way that you can find any semblance of a rule, or make any semblance of your own rule, is to tear up the rulebook. Throw it out, burn it, throw it away, and make your own rules.
Life is short and if you’re looking for extension, you had best do well. ‘Cause there’s good deeds and then there’s good intentions. They are as far apart as Heaven and Hell.
If I fall, I fall. I’ll rise up like anybody else.
The advice I have for new artists is this – write great songs and play them live as often as possible. Get residencies all over town and crush it.
So it’s not so much that I set out to do something different, it’s just that the songs themselves require their own individual voice and attention.
There is a difference between a great producer and somebody who is a big advocate of your music. Just because you’re a big advocate for a band doesn’t mean you need to be in the studio with them, and at the same time – we don’t need to get into this conversation – you can write a hit, but it might not hit.
I’m really looking forward to, not more of the same, but a continual growth.
I really feel there’s no limitation on what this band can do in the studio or on the stage. That’s an empowering feeling – that we can bring a song to life.
I just want to keep doing what I feel.
The music is in the lead here, and a large part of this, I have no idea what I’m doing. I feel a closer bond with the craft of songwriting, stronger than I ever have.
You have to do what you believe in.