The best songwriting comes from being as creative as you can and editing it down to the good bits, essentially.
There's a difference between expectations and aspirations.
Traditionally, lots of vagrants and unemployable characters wind up working in kitchens.
Being in a band didn't buy me my beans on toast!
I want to make music that will make the blood surge in your veins, music that will get people up and dance.
It doesn't matter how adventurous you want to be, you've still got to contain your identity.
Although they might not admit it, I think girls are very aware of the impact that they're having. But they never feel it themselves, and it's impossible to explain. It's like trying to tell a blind person what yellow is.
I really want it to have an impact on the world. I want to be in a town on the other side of the world, and somebody walks up and says, 'That music you made in Glasgow, I listened to it every day, and it moved me.
Ambition is sneered at by some bands. It seems like a pretty good thing to me.
I think in the world of indie music there's this sort of false modesty.
Boho to me is a first-year student who's just discovered the tie-dye shop.
Cinema, which is influenced by every single part of life, is direct and reaches you immediately. And writing - the best writing is complex ideas communicated concisely. And music - if it's a good tune, make sure people can bloody hear it.
I think a lot of bands are creatively knackered when they come off tour.
I didn't grasp the basic principle of being a promoter, which was: Put on music but also generate an income. I was on the dole most of the time.
A lot of bands have the enthusiasm kicked out of them by playing really dreary pub venues that just churn bands through.
You can always have it better. If you try... [This is the right attitude:] Never to feel [completely] satisfied, always to want to do something better!
Arty. To me the word's got as much venom associated with it as 'wacky'.
It's easy to be lazy when there's food lying around backstage or there's a fast-food joint a couple blocks away. But if you walk a little further, ask around a bit, of course there are exciting things to discover.
Of course, there's a certain type of person who feels that anything which becomes mainstream has to be rejected immediately. And that's part of the indie-alternative snobbery and hierarchy and elitism.
Men behave very oddly in the company of attractive women.
Boredom or being sick of what you've done before is a big part of being in a band.
A lot of food criticism has a similar flavor to it, and I'm probably going to write about it in a different way.
Glasgow's not a media center. When you're there, when you're hanging about, you feel quite detached from musical movements or fashions or anything like that. You do feel quite alone, in a good way.
Surely every band wants to be a pivotal point in history.
I have always been fascinated by the concept of the villain and the hero being in one person.
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