Steve Winwood Best Quotes

Stephen Lawrence “Steve” Winwood is an English musician whose genres include rock, blue-eyed soul, rhythm and blues, blues rock, pop rock, and jazz. Enjoy Steve Winwood’s best quotes below.

Steve Winwood
“The percentage you’re paying is too high priced While you’re living beyond all your means And the man in the suit has just bought a new car From the profit he’s made on your dreams.”
“Networking is rubbish; have friends instead.”
“It could be my British need for discipline that makes me admire the American appetite for freedom and passion.”
“Don’t buy this ‘believe in yourself’ rubbish. Why do they keep telling youngsters that? There’s no point believing in yourself if you don’t know what you’re doing. Once you’ve got a vision of what you want to do, by all means stick to that passionately and doggedly. Believe in your ideas. It’s not quite the same thing.”
“I think a lot of people came into rock n’ roll to try to change the world. I came into rock n’ roll to make music.”
“A band is not a marriage. There are no oaths of allegiance. If you feel your life will be better served by splitting up the group, you’ve got to do it – but of course it does cause problems.”
“Don’t you know by now, luck don’t lead to anything or why you keep on moving.”
“If you call someone up on a mistake – if the drummer’s put an extra beat in a bar or something – you have a lot more authority if you can show them how to do it right.”
“The music I write, I feel, is not the kind of music for a 25-year-old.”
“I got thrown out of music school for even listening to Fats Domino and Ray Charles. I was asked, ‘What kind of music do you like to listen to?’ and I said, ‘Well, I do like Paul Hindemith and Igor Stravinsky but I also like Fats Domino and Ray Charles,’ and they literally said, ‘Either forget about that or leave.’”
“A lot of people think that the music was responsible for a lot of changes in the Sixties, but I think the music came out of it. The music wouldn’t have happened without the social changes.”
“All through the kind of late ’80s and ’90s, every A&R record company man was saying, ‘Now what we want is another record like ‘Back in the High Life.’ And, of course, that’s not the way to make music at all. That’s the tail wagging the dog.”
“Listening to music for me is like homework. Music will give me enjoyment, but as soon as it’s giving me that enjoyment, I want to analyse it, and then it becomes work. Why does it sound like that? How?… then I dissect it.”
“You would probably think that rock music is an urban phenomena, but the main reason for doing it in ’68 was so that we could play music very loud any time of the day or night without getting complaints from the neighbours.”
“Here we were supposedly changing the world for the better in the Sixties, but as we get 40 years further down the line, we realise that some of those changes such as the drugs probably weren’t all that great or sensible. It was all about social experiments.”
“It’s an often-asked question, ‘Why did all these spotty white English boys suddenly start playing blues in the ’60s?’ It was recognized as this kind of vibrant music and when I first started playing in a blues band I just wanted to bring it to a wider public who hadn’t really heard it.”
“To make a living from doing something I love is fantastic. As long as people want to listen to me, I’ll keep doing it. In fact, to tell you the truth, even if no one did want to listen to me, I’d still be doing it!”
“Obviously, the Sixties was a time when everyone wanted to experiment, and then everything became very formulated and corporate, so artists tended to get pushed into a kind of pattern. Now, I think that has continued with the emergence of televised talent shows like ‘X Factor.’”
“My goal has always been to make classic records, classic albums. Sometimes the recording process and the era it was recorded in means the production leans in a particular way, but to me they are all part of the same process.”
“Punk was more based on social change than on music, so it didn’t bother me too much. It wasn’t really a musical threat.”
“One of my problems is I’m not really sure if I slot into rock or not. I’ve always tried to combine world music, folk, jazz, blues and rock, and have done since Traffic.”
“In some respects I’m quite easily led, so I have to make sure I’ve got my own space, and that I feel comfortable in my working environment. It’s very important for me to work with the right collaborators, as I can easily get led into a corner where I’m not comfortable.”

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