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Roy Ayers Quotes


An American funk, soul, and jazz composer and vibraphone player.
(1940 - )

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A lot of the hip hop artists don't write music. They write words.
 

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!
 

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.
 

DJs and people in the street know what they like.
 

Having good health, being able to breathe and be happy, that's one of the most beautiful gifts. On top of that, I have the gift to play music and make people happy through that. I'm just telling you from my heart, I'm so in love with life.
 

I always had this energy level that made me want to come to New York.
 

I couldn't get my album played over the so-called smooth jazz stations. Jazz stations would not play it. You don't always know who you're making that soul connection with.
 

I don't like rap that you can't understand. The youth is so quick and alert.
 

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 don't trip on that much. I just like to enjoy life and be happy.
 

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 still look good. I'm trippin', but people tell me that all the time. So check it out, I'm 63, and still kicking. I've been putting records out every year.
 

I think music all the time.
 

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 was with PolyGram; that was the big label that I was with for the longest, like 12 years.
 

I'd definitely love to play in Nashville again. That would be really good.
 

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.
 

It's a wonderful feeling just being in this creative motif.
 

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.
 


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