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You have to face the fact that I have no reputation as a composer; I have my reputation as a songwriter and a performer-and that…
Well, T Bone’s had a remarkable career as a producer since the time that we first worked together. He was dividing his time between recording…
Very similar experience happened last year when we released this album, North. It was on Deutsche Grammophon, it was very, very honest. It was the…
People become so deeply attached to the sound of one period that they blow a fuse when you move on. I’ve heard people complain bitterly…
Obviously the people that I admired, like the Beatles, were really into rock’n’roll, but it was already a little past rock’n’roll when I started listening…
Obviously I got known for some other songs early on, and some of those were rock’n’roll songs. Some of them were melodic pop songs. And…
My family calls me Declan. But most people call me E.C. I think it comes from my dad. It’s an Irish convention. You usually call…
It’s what I do. I don’t deserve any awards for this, it’s just music. It’s just writing songs. You sit down, you write a song,…
I’d been to Memphis before, but we stayed out of Memphis early on in the late 70s for obvious reasons. People were very sensitive about…
I know that when I make a record like The Delivery Man as a contrast to even Il Sogno, this is going to reach a…
I get very frustrated by this term ‘genre exercise.’ I mean, what exactly is that? Genre is not really relevant when you are writing a…
And obviously, when I started out, I had a little bit more curiosity than some, and went seeking out the original artists, or in some…
There was not a lot of rock n’ roll in the house. Our parents didn’t think it was very groovy, and I tend to agree…
You do have to be a bit careful with your voice. It is an instrument.
It’s a petty thing, but I wouldn’t join the Scouts when I was a kid, ’cause you had to swear allegiance to the queen. I’m…
There’s no such thing as an original sin.
There are many critics who have an idealised version of where my strengths lie.
You need a platform upon which to release an orchestral record, otherwise it’s just going to be an obscurity.
Songs are more powerful than books.
Sometimes I write notes that I have difficulty singing.
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