Ben Folds is an acclaimed American musician who formed the popular rock band ‘Ben Folds Five’. He started playing the piano at an early age of nine and went on to master various other instruments. He initially performed at various local clubs and also formed a couple of bands which were not successful. These failures couldn’t stop him and he further collaborated with his friends to form the band ‘Ben Folds Five’. They came up with their debut self-titled album which featured their popular single ‘Underground’. This album reflected their unconventional music sense and helped them get instant fame. Their next album ‘Whatever and Ever Amen’ came with their first and most successful hit single ‘Brick’. They further enhanced their reputation with various other albums before breaking up in 2000. Ben moved to pursue a solo career debuting with ‘Rockin the Suburbs’. He also formed another band called ‘The Bens’ which soon became popular among the masses. We have collected few famous quotes and thoughts by the renowned artist which have been scanned from his life and works. Here is compilation of quotes and sayings by Ben Folds which reveal his creative bent of mind.
My idea is to play with the people who you know want to get it right. Then it's fun and easy to record, and you can get down to details, like taking out cymbals so the verse doesn't dwarf the chorus, something like that.
I used to do this big rant at the end of some gigs with Ben Folds Five. The band broke into this big heavy metal thing and I started as a joke to scream in a heavy metal falsetto. I found myself saying things like: Feel my pain, I am white, feel my pain.
But I really do have a soft spot for the solo shows. Any musician who writes and sings will tell you that's the center of it, that is it. It's almost like there's something church-like about it and you gotta go back there, if you're a songwriter that sings your material.
It's a tough thing to know that when you're making your album, you're going to end up collaborating with, say, Wal-Mart, on your artwork. That just sucks. And the pressure behind getting the numbers real fast is, to me, dizzying.
Next door, there's an old man who lived to his nineties and one day passed away in his sleep. And his wife, she stayed for a couple of days and passed away. I'm sorry, I know that's a strange way to tell you that I know we belong.
In many ways, I've chosen to be plain, almost too plain, too self-effacing. Like, if I record a vocal and I don't like the way it sounds, I would have them turn it up and take the reverb off it to make it as plain as possible.
I don't leave my neighborhood. I don't go anywhere. There are four blocks I live in and there are two coffee shops, one at each end of the block... so I don't do much driving... Some people would say they never see me because I don't go anywhere. I stay in the blue state of Nashville, in my bubble.
The piano is just a different animal. It's expensive, it's big, it's heavy, and it doesn't fit in the mix easily. Everyone grew up with a piano in their living room, so rocking out on the piano was accessible - it wasn't an upper-class thing. Now pianos have become very much a piece of furniture.
I divorce myself from listeners who aren't tolerant of humor. I did notice universally that, especially when it comes to weight, people look in the mirror and get the angle just right, tell themselves it's all right, and then they go out.