Quotes from Joan Armatrading
"All your travelling is together, you eat together, you're on stage as a band together, when you get to the sound-check the band and the crew are all together."
"Classical, Romantic, and Baroque music, that's what I really like."
"I am constantly being told that I have been a big influence for many people, including other musicians."
"I don't listen to a lot of music, and wouldn't necessarily sit down and put on the radio. If I did, I'd probably put on a bit of classical stuff."
"I found my sound early on. Look at U2: they haven't changed their music for 20 years. Anyway, many people come unstuck when they try to change what they do and what they are known for."
"I like Coldplay, and I think Bloc Party are great. And that single by Justin Timberlake with Snoop Dogg was fantastic."
"I love to go on tour and perform. I love all the parts of the process."
"I wouldn't take a notebook out if I was at a meal with friends or something - I try and keep the thing in my head."
"I'm grown up now and I manage to appear as if I'm not shy."
"I've always written in a free, unencumbered way."
"I've written what and when I want to. It's been about expressing myself. But with the degree, I had to learn to do everything in a very specific, disciplined way. I am very disciplined, but this demanded a totally different kind of discipline. A real chal"
"If I'm at home and something comes I might try to write it down, but generally out and about I wouldn't write it down, I'd just hope I'd remember it."
"In America, you watch TV and think that's totally unreal, then you step outside and it's just the same."
"Inspiration doesn't really work like that - you're not looking out for it. Inspiration is something that tends to capture you rather than you capture it."
"It's a very organic process, and it has a specific order to it. I love to write, and once you've written, then you arrange. After the arrangement, you record it, and then you tour it."
"It's really just waiting for inspiration and I tend to write my songs from observation and there is always lots to look at."
"It's still important to bring issues to people's notice. And it's not about excluding men, just bringing these high achievers to prominence."
"Just an hour with you, and I understand why we had to meet."
"My mother bought a piano, put it in the front room, and I just started writing my songs."
"One of them would definitely be the Nelson Mandela gig, when I played the tribute song for him. He was up and dancing, and he really enjoyed it. It was a really lovely occasion."
"Right from day one, you know when you've written a good song."
"So I've had lots of different bands over the years who have stayed with me for certain tours."
"So if you're on tour for eight months, a year... or whatever it is you definitely don't want arguments and I'm happy to say that I've always had a really nice bunch of people around me all the time."
"So, the combination of looking at lots of different people and how they react to each other and how they relate to each other and waiting for that inspiration is the thing that allows me to keep writing."
"That is one of the things about going on tour, that I get to work with some really talented people and it allows me to be able to listen to them as well - and just have fun on stage."
"The band has changed a lot because I'm a solo artist and the constant for me is I've got to have changes which keep me interested."
"This band - because this is myself on electric and acoustic guitars - we've done three tours together now and I really, really like it which is why I did the DVD as well."
"When I was younger I was obsessed with writing, so even if I wanted to listen, I didn't have time."
"When you become successful and start meeting people, often they are nervous around you, and one of you has to say something."
"When you're on tour you definitely don't want lots of arguments. It's very important that everybody gets on because you're in close proximity a great deal of the time."
"Writing music is just something that I was born to do."
"Yes, but the great thing about all the people - and I don't think there is any exception - who I've worked with is they've all been very, very talented musicians."
"Yesterday I was playing Beethoven's fifth, because I love that."
"You can never say that the thing is going to be a mirror image of what you're looking at because that's how inspiration works."
"You don't have to be rich and famous. You just have to be an ordinary person, doing extraordinary things. I'd like more people to know that it's there. Women's achievements still aren't recognised enough in many areas."
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