Songs Quotes

Motown was like a fairy tale that happened to have come true. Songwriting was my love and everything I did was to protect that love. I didn’t like how my songs were being arranged, so I started arranging them. I didn’t like how they were being produced, so I started producing them. I didn’t like […]

When I started out, all I wanted to do was write some songs, make some money and get some girls — not necessarily in that order, which was not unlike the majority of the guys in my neighborhood. Most of my early songs were written on some kind of truth of my own situation.

Every time you release a new record, if it’s successful, you attract a new audience. Then the old catalog gets revived and people get reminded of what we’ve done before.

I like making new songs and I like playing them live — not tons of them, because you have to slowly incorporate new material since you have an obligation to play the songs that people love, because that’s what they come for.

In the last 10 years I’ve really learned to get out of my way creatively, because I used to go to those terrible songwriting sessions and sit bumcheeks clenched as I tried to write a song. Now I just write what I feel.

Dance music might seem disposable to some people who don’t know about it, but there are classics, and there’s good heart and songwriting in these records. And I want to be part of that wide world. I want to make classics.

One thing I do that no DJs do — I really understand songwriting, I think. Playing dance records is probably the most lucrative thing in my career when I DJ, but I’ve been producing for 15 years. I’ve produced so many records.

When I talk about how I came from a songwriting world — if you don’t like dance music or you don’t go to Tulum or Burning Man or Berghain or whatever — you can still listen to my album. You’re going to hear the Miguel song and go, “Oh this is comfortable for my ears […]

As far as knowing what a hit is before it is one, I’ve never been able to figure that out.

I’ve always had some huge songs that were outside cuts. I got a lot of friends that write really great songs! I wouldn’t have moments like “Little Red Wagon” or “The House That Built Me” if I was gonna write everything myself.