Rob Brown Quotes
Born: March 11, 1984
It seems like people need to get into the last album until they can tolerate the next one. And then, slowly but surely, by the time the new one's available, they've gotten into the last one and they really love it.
I wouldn't judge people on their instant responses.
It's very hard to predict what people are thinking.
Despite a lot of people thinking that everything gets more and more difficult, I always assumed that people are going to be 'Oh, at last you buckled, you're trying to be commercial.'
To me, an untrained ear, a young person at the time, I would hear off the different feels, all these different sounds, and then years later realize that everyone had used the same equipment, just to their own ends.
I get nostalgic for things that didn't really exist. I might have a cassette from the first time a Melle Mel track, say, got played on radio in Manchester. And it might be a copy of a copy of a copy of a tape and there's all these weird nuances and distortions that have affected what I know as the truth, if you like, of that track.
I know that there's a lot of room to maneuver in those kind of ghostly musical spheres...
Let's face it, we're all clones nowadays. We've all got the same archives, we've all got the same Hyundai, we've all got the same Mac or PC components, and we're all being told the same news stories globally.
There's not much room for deviation, yet if you manage to crack it, there then you can express things that actually do sound unique and genuinely original.
When you're in the studio, you've got a narrative for what goes on, you might switch on a bit of gear and it might not work as you intended or come out a bit wrong, and you try and exploit it.
You can get the oldest drum machine out and whack out four sounds like a kick, snare, and two types of high-hat, and try and come up with the freshest thing on the spot. The gear can guide you - you can choose one bit of gear and it's obviously got its restrictions and its limitations, but at the same time, you've got to exploit what it's capable of and what it's best used for.
You can't go back and edit during the live set in the club. In the studio it's different.
You can sit in front of a computer and have a blank slate and be completely overwhelmed by the possibilities and not get anywhere.
When Depeche Mode put out a single you knew that a week later you could go and buy the 12' and it would have six versions and they were all better.
When you work on a computer in the studio, it's almost like fossilizing on the spot, you know, the idea of getting solidified on the spot, like a snowflake might create branches by accumulation.
I know Im not going to book everything I go in on, and thats just the nature of the business. You have to keep hustling and not get down on it. You have to keep at it and find your way in. Everybodys story is different.
I would like to be remembered as a responsible human being who handled business while also taking care of his family.
I realize Im an ambitious guy, but I just try to take things as they come, you know, for the most part.
If we spent as much time feeling positive about getting older, as we do trying to stay young, how much different our lives would be.
We cannot make rivers whole unless we wholly understand them.