Top 500 Recording Quotes

In this post, you will find great Recording Quotes from famous people, such as Sonny Rollins, Weyes Blood, Elvis Costello, Curt Smith, Shawn Amos. You can learn and implement many lessons from these quotes.

I think as long as people are around and can hear a rec

I think as long as people are around and can hear a record and hear people like Lester Young on a recording, there will always be a great inspiration for somebody to try to create jazz.
My parents are musicians. I was listening to the radio and recording songs off the radio on cassette tapes and playing guitars and pianos. Just emotionally responding to music from a very young age.
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 and producing when we first met, and touring. We toured together and we were great friends.
Due to the Internet, we don’t perform new songs until a release. Don’t get me wrong, I love new technology, but in the case of a new song we would like the original recording and production to be heard first.
Throughout the ’50s, tons of unknown locals came through Sun to record their demos. Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, and Jerry Lee Lewis all made their first recordings at the former Memphis Recording Service.
I bought some equipment and then I started recording real heavy, in my room, when I was like 16.
When you come to L.A. as a kid with your mom, you’re lured into doing things that you think are cool and fun and a good idea, but they’re cheesy and awful. And recording a pop single was one of them.
There could be no filmmaking without industrywide agreement on frame rates, lenses, and audio recording equipment.
Through the years I’ve found that I prefer live playing to recording. I still do lots of recording – but I treasure the live shows.
Tony Levin
Everyone always tells you about how amazing recording their first album was and how they’ll always look back on the ‘process’ with fond memories. I will look back on it as an extremely stressful time that somehow also managed to be extremely boring.
I’ve been so entwined with technology since I was about 15, recording myself and multitracking and producing things on my own.
The White House tapes, recording Nixon‘s nefarious doings from Watergate to the bombing of Vietnam, made frightening reading once made public on the orders of Congress.
Modern recording has made it so that people can spend forever taking shortcuts and making everything uniform, but that strips music of what makes it exciting.
Hairdresser Blues‘ was written when I was deep in a ten-year depression that I escaped shortly after recording that album. I don’t like that album.
Recording is just a lengthy process, so to have to record before every professional video, that’s where a real time drain comes in.
Riki Lindhome
I want a hit. I don’t think anybody spends 12 months writing and recording an album, making something cool, and says, ‘Great, I hope this doesn’t sell.’ I don’t understand that mind-set. I want hits: a big bunch of them.
As for my stuff, I’m just doing guest verses for other people’s records. I try to stay recording, because if I don’t, I get rusty.
The people I idolized I saw once a year on the Tony Awards. I would buy the cassette tapes of the various Broadway shows and scour the photos inside the recording package. That’s how I exposed myself to the artsNew York and professional theater felt like a very distant thing.
We want people to see us live before we continue on and call ourselves recording artists.
Recording shows for later viewing is what TV types call ‘time-shifting.’ It’s a beguiling idea.
At the time, the only options were playing the local county fair. Now with American Idol and younger recording artists that have come out, there is more of an opportunity.
Marla Sokoloff
Thankfully, I have got the ear to select music, which I think I have inherited that from my father. That matters a lot, when you are recording a song.
The best recording is the one you bring with you in your mind.
After I wrote ‘Sweet Summer Day,’ Jihyo did the guide recording. We did that in our apartment, revising the lyrics together, allocating parts to members and discussing the song together.
I don’t work out a lead section and practice it for a day and then lay it down. I don’t do that. The first time I do something I think is expressive or really cool, that’s what’s actually on the recording.
I just want to keep playing music and keep recording. I feel like my best days are ahead.
When I’m recording, I usually just mumble and hum a melody and then fill the words in as I go.
Little things can make such a big difference during recording.
I got out of high school, bought a recording studio and started operating it as an engineer and a producer.
T Bone Burnett
I’ve always loved music and loved recording.
I’m surprised that I actually pulled off the recording, getting all those people at the same time.
Link Wray
Why is it surprising that scientists might have long ha

Why is it surprising that scientists might have long hair and wear cowboy boots? In fields like neuroscience, where the events you are recording are so minute, I suspect scientists cultivate a boring, reliable image. A scientist with a reputation for flamboyance might be suspect.
I’ve always wanted to collaborate with Shawn Mendes, he’s an amazing artist, but the thing with Shawn is that I won’t collaborate… me just sending some beats. It has to be in the studio where we’d both be there recording together.
The recording industry has changed; they’re enjoying such incredible success in the pop field.
Gerry Mulligan
The first time I’d ever had a go at production or recording, I just recorded in my room. I just put it on Soundcloud because I have family abroad, and I wanted to show them, ‘Oh, hi, Uncle Carl, here’s some music that I’ve done,’ or whatever.
I haven‘t really been recording in the last several years. I haven’t wanted to. And even though I had to deal with Sony and now I’m on Universal again, I will probably put out a new record soon.
Donna Summer
When digital technology started becoming the norm, you’ve got 50, 60, 70 years of recordings on tapes that are just deteriorating. Like, a two-inch reel of recording tape won’t last forever. It dissolves. It will disappear.
I wear a lot of different hats – from writer to producer and artist. We all do 5 or 6 jobs, everything from creating our own graphic design to actually recording and the whole bit.
William Bell
‘The Outsider‘ is a culmination of a lot of things I’ve been working diligently toward as a recording artist. Hopefully it will render my past pigeonholing obsolete while positioning me more solidly as a socially conscious American singer/songwriter. Wouldn’t that be entertaining?
There are so many ingredients that are contained in ‘The Wall’ that were not necessarily contained in other Pink Floyd records, particularly following on from ‘Animals,’ which was very spare and sparse. Production on it was much more massive, the complexity of the recording was much more intense.
Nick Mason
I dunno – it’s like, again, Juice was super big for me in terms of inspiration, and I learned a lot from him in terms of his recording process and stuff like that.
The Kid Laroi
I just get focused on whatever is in front of me. When I was filming Crossroads, it had all my focus. Now I’m all focused on finishing my recording so I can get that out. It’s just day by day.
We won a contest at the teen fair in Vancouver and the first prize was a recording contract and we recorded at a radio station on the stairway, and we did a record and it got put out.
I think when you sign a recording deal, you think, ‘I’m going to put out a song and have a hit right away. I’ll be a giant superstar. I can take over the world now.’ But I put out a song, and it did OK. It wasn’t like leaps and bounds.
When I’m on the microphone and I’m recording, or onstage, or shooting a video, I’m doing my job. When I’m not, I’m being myself.
I came out of a culture when there wasn’t tweeting and everyone with a camera in their hands. I didn’t grow up with it, so I’m not always thinking about it, but there have been times when I looked over, and I saw that someone was recording my conversation.
We had a bond creatively that came out of ‘Lady Marmalade.’ It was our link. And people don’t know this, but P!nk and I actually met when we were both 16 years old in Philadelphia. I was recording my first album, and we were working with the same producers, so I originally knew her as Alecia.
We just weren’t a hip band. I mean we recorded our second album in Bath at a time when everyone else was recording in New York or Los Angeles.
Being a performer and recording artist and playing ‘World of Warcraft‘ – that’s a pretty time-intensive combination.
When I do my music, I don’t even go to the studio. It’s just me and my engineer in a dark room somewhere, recording.
The transition from fan to performer to recording artist, for me, was like learning how to dive… and each board got higher and higher.
Around when I turned 17 and I bought my own studio equipment and started recording myself, I kinda found my own voice. I just started rapping like my normal self and this happy guy.
It’s so hard to listen to an album you created and without remembering where you were when you wrote it or referencing the the recording experience.
Lataji defines the sound of Indian music, and I always had a secret desire of recording with her at least once.
I never had any formal voice training, but it’s something I always wanted to do. ‘So I negotiated a deal with a recording studio after I gathered enough material for a record. I put a group together and just went ahead and did it. What the hell.
Joe Penny
All my life, I’ve really enjoyed music: making music, playing it, and recording it. It’s such a relief and a joy to do what I do for a living.
The reality of recording, it’s one of the most intimate things that an artist ever does because if you do it right, you’re exposing yourself, and you’re expressing your emotions, and those are the key attributes to a big record that really connect with people.
I’m not actually a very keen performer. I like putting shows together. I like putting events together. In fact, everything I do is about the conceptualizing and realization of a piece of work, whether it’s the recording or the performance side.
Like for ‘Black Nails,’ I just had black nails – and I never have black nails. It was my first and last time getting black nails. And that’s so not normal for me. So when you’re recording, you’re up at the mic and you gotta name the file, so I just look down and I’m like, ‘Black Nails!’ That’s literally what it was.
Like any self-governing group of people, the Recording Academy has made missteps over the years. Still, it has corrected course and done more to open its arms to the future than nearly any other industry group around.
Alex Tumay is a recording engineer who works a lot with Young Thug and a load of other rappers, like Quavo. I’m just a fan of his work.
I started recording because I was always complaining about the records that I was getting of my songs. At least if I did them and messed them up, I wouldn’t have anyone else to blame.
I wanted to get my recording and become a musician agai

I wanted to get my recording and become a musician again, work; with other people, do that kind of thing because I kind of got away from that for a while once we started happening, you know, selling records, sold out concerts.
I came into my own, you might say, in terms of putting out my first record quite late in life. And yet there’s some authors and photographers and even probably recording artists that didn’t really hit their stride until their mid-50s.
Pegi Young
Distortion pedals are just fantastic for not only rehearsing quietly but also for all those moments when you are going to play in highly compressed environments like radio, television, or recording against compressed loops.
The beauty of recording in L.A. is that most of the musicians that are on the record live here, so it was easy to get world class artists like Rick Braun to swing by and play a little trumpet, Everette Harp on sax, guitarist Paul Jackson.
Believe it or not, most people think of me as a recording artist, but actually the way I think of myself and the way I earn my living is as a performing artist.
When we were first recording, I was wearing a bag on my head.
Lisa Lopes
I’ll probably have to open a recording studio at some point because I won’t be able to pay the bills.
You continue to evolve with each album that goes by and, as an artist, you continue to expand with every recording project.
Randy Travis
I usually know the general emotion of a song, or the general feeling of it, and then I think I just get so excited by the act of recording. I love that process so much that I feel like if I knew exactly what I wanted I’d arrive at something too soon.
I tend to use different microphones, different mic techniques, and different recording mediums – like analogue tape – that evoke multiple eras of recorded music at the same time.
I believe the true function of age is memory. I’m recording as fast as I can.
I don’t even start singing anything until the mic is on and recording, because my first ideas are usually my best ones. So I’ll just press record; I’ll freestyle a whole three minutes.
I’ve never stopped writing, never stopped recording.
Our writing, especially during ‘Boxer‘ – the recording process was the writing process, which is not the way I would advise anyone else to do it.
Yeah, I mean, I’m a beast in the studio. My first record, I finished recording in like two days. The second was three days.
When we first started it was just Russell and myself and a guitar player, Earle Mankey, and unlike virtually any other band in Los Angeles, we began by recording rather than playing live, and so we had no feedback at all on what we were doing and we didn’t realise how unusual it was.
When I was a kid, I wanted to emulate Mel Blanc, who is arguably one of the most legendary voiceover recording artists of our time. I used to watch all the cartoons where he would voice Daffy, Elmer Fudd and Porky the Pig. I knew one day I wanted to do that.
The pen is an instrument of discovery rather than just a recording implement. If you write a letter of resignation or something with an agenda, you’re simply using a pen to record what you have thought out.
When you’re recording, if you’re not really clean in your playing, it sounds like a mess.
When I hit my 20s, I took a chill pill and relaxed because throughout my teens I was churning out an album a year. It was a treadmill of work then recording, promoting and touring.
Vanessa Mae
It varies from song to song, although Buck Owens and I recently collaborated on writing a duet together and am looking forward with a great deal of anticipation to recording that track for the new studio album.
I know great songwriters. Fred Neil would come up when he was in L.A., we all used to hang out. He would sit there and sing, and we would just melt. I mean, we would go to his recording sessions.
I found my voice singing pop and ballads, almost all of them Colombian artists. When I was 16, my family gave me a recording session with some Colombian producers, and that’s where I started my career.
When you’re recording classic songs, you’ve got to kind of make them your own, and you can’t always worry about what people are going to think.
Our studio is kind of built into our home, so it’s a place you can ramble, and we can do a pretty good recording here. The band is really comfortable her.
Chris Frantz
After Wings I did a lot of recording rather than live work. I even went into a kind of semi-retirement to places like Spain at one point.
My friend has a baby. I’m recording all the noises he makes so later I can ask him what he meant.
The magic can happen in a studio. Special things can happen in a recording studio, even though it may seem like a clinical environment from the outside looking in.
Every time I hear a recording I’ve made, I hear all kinds of things I could improve or things I should have done. There’s always so much more to be done in music. It’s so vast.
Charlie Parker
I really don’t think records should be made in the manner where you sit and write, and when you’re finished writing, you start recording. That just seems conventional and old-fashioned to me.
Jay Reatard
I do some kind of work, whether writing or painting or recording, on a daily basis. And it’s so essential that when I’m involved in the actual process, my so-calledreal lifebecomes almost incidental, which becomes worrying.
I love recording and I love everything - videos, everyt

I love recording and I love everything – videos, everything like that – but playing live is what does it for me.
I’ve always loved the recording studio.
I’m really anti-option, so computers have been my nightmare with recording. I don’t want endless tracks; I want less tracks. I want decisions to be made.
I think everyone knows that I’m always the one that’s the busiest in Maiden. When we’re not touring or recording, I’m still doing loads of Maiden stuff – video editing and god knows what else – so I get a lot less downtime than the others.
I don’t particularly like recording studios, they tend to be lifeless and without any natural light, so I wanted to record wherever we lived. We just don’t want to be bound to a studio to who we’d have to pay untold sums to.
A studio recording is perfection, but emotion and passion come only when you turn on the machine and go for the groove. If you do that with no mistakes, it sounds beautiful.
One day, we were going to the studio for John’s recording session, and as we were leaving to get to the studio, in the elevator, all of a sudden, John leaned over and gave me a kiss. He said, ‘I’ve been waiting to do this all day.’ I said, ‘What are you talking about?’ What happened was, he’d liked me.
A lot of bands, they take a lot of planning to do a live record. They have to hire a crew, and they have to have a recording truck and all this equipment, and they record every single show.
As a child, I would say that I wanted to become a dancer to honour music. For me, dancing is the physical translation of the audio recording.
I think that technology has both introduced new sounds but also allowed an increasingly painterly approach to recording music as you can now paint over what you’ve done and more and more refine an existing performance.
Jerry Harrison
Many composers use software to write music – programs like Finale or Sibelius. There are also recording programs. I should say I’m still very old-fashioned, I still use pencil and paper. But almost every composer I know does it the ‘new way.’
When people are recording, and they’re like, ‘I want to get the drum sound of the Beatles,’ I hate that.
Recording should be fun.
If I have a song that I feel is really one of my best songs, I like it to have a formal studio recording because I believe that something being officially released on a studio record gives it a certain authority that it doesn’t quite have if it comes out on a live album or is just a part of your show, you know.
Nowadays, it’s like two different arenas, recording and touring. When I started way back in the day, doing both was nothing, you didn’t have to think about it, the road and recording.
I have a recording that I did of instrumental songs.
It’s hard enough to make a good song and a good recording of that song. But to try to tailor it to some outside force is just like – It’s never been a factor in what I’ve done or what the band’s done.
I’m not a businessman, so I don’t know how to solve the problems of the recording industry.
I’m very proud of my records, but my most natural creative tendencies have been in live performing. There’s a beautiful element to recording and making records, but I’ve always felt a little shy with it.
Langhorne Slim
Touring and promoting and recording take a lot of time, it’s just getting the right balance that’s important.
It has happened a few times that I’ve found myself in a surprise mid-tour recording session.
Definitely later on in the ‘Life is Strange’ season one recording, we were all pretty tuned into who these characters were. There wasn’t a whole lot of finagling that needed to be done, I don’t think.
Ashly Burch
I’m always working and recording. It’s just what makes me happy.
I hate that when you introduce yourself, and you’re a rapper, sometimes you gotta say, ‘I’m a musician.’ Or, ‘I’m an artist.’ ‘I’m a recording artist.’ ‘I’m a vocalist.’
I’ve been in a recording studio enough times to know that it is not the best place to multitask. Doing a couple of takes of a song and running out to check your email to talk to someone about video production really is not good.
People started recording my songs. Later, I was offered songwriter contracts. And then, finally, I could take the time to work on my own project. I worked hard for this all by myself.
When I was recording from ’70 to ’82, I always played piano and laid the tracks down. But I used to talk to the other musicians while the track was playing.
I started recording in ’67. In the first part of ’68, my first single was ‘Backup Train.’ That was success to a degree. Four years have passed by since then, and I have managed to come up with a few measly sellers.
My dad was always there, even though he wasn’t living in our house. He was always on the phone, always just a car ride away. Whenever he had a new recording, we would be the first to get the acetate. And it would say, in Dad’s handwriting, ‘Play it loud.’
Sometimes I think elements of ‘Open Eye Signal‘ are better live. I do this really crazy stuff at the end, but I don’t know if it’d translate well into recording. It would probably sound a bit too extreme.
In some of the greatest recordings ever made, the performance is a part of the recording. Dylan‘s ‘Rainy Day Women No. 12 and 35′ is all about the esthetic of that performance. You can hear the room.
We're always recording music, writing songs.

We’re always recording music, writing songs.
I have a little basement studio set up here at my house, and I do probably 80 percent of the recording here on my own. With multi-tracking technology, I can play various parts on top of one another.
We want to be able to make our own songs and write our own arrangements. We want to incorporate the live sound so we can be free onstage and in the studio recording. That way we can come up with original and creative stuff.
I met Jack Bruce, one of my heroes, in a studio while doing some recording. England had just beat Scotland in a big football match and I saw Jack trying to break into this refrigerator in the lounge, drunk out of his brain, and I didn’t know what to say.
Andy Partridge
Idol has pretty much taken me out of my recording and out of my choreography. I have managed to slip in some choreography jobs. And I’ve been writing songs for other artists.
The minute we first started recording ‘Defend Yourself,’ I thought, ‘Yeah. We’re going to have to deal with a really terrible review from Pitchfork for this record.’
A circumstance that I was dealing with when recording my second album was I was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis.
Julie Roberts
Recorded engine sounds, however, are a deliberate deception. They’re like going to a concert and listening to a recording. On the other hand, I wouldn’t mind buying a BMW recording and installing it in my ’96 Jeep Cherokee.
I am touring in Europe. I am putting together a trio and a quartet. I am playing solo concerts with my symphonic sounds. I am very much engaged back to playing and recording and everything.
There was a recording studio in my school, and I knew this kid who had a key, so I’d write lyrics in school while I was in class, and then, in a 10-minute break, I recorded the song ‘Hurt‘ in one go at the school studio.
I always knew that we were going to be successful and accomplish and succeed at our dreams. There was never a doubt in my mind. When we were recording ‘Appetite For Destruction‘, we all knew.
I used to feel that musical knowledge and emotional truth-telling were antagonistic. But I was too curious about chords and instruments and recording to stay locked in that mentality.
I started a recording studio. I started producing people and doing remixes.
I am taking a break, but not a huge break because the Maiden record is actually happening right now, and I am recording it as we speak, well not right as we speak, but close.
Acting is very sacred. Anyone who stands in front of a crew with the camera recording their emotions is a brave individual.
I also have a recording studio that I use to produce bands.
Steve Brown
The recording sessions for ‘Noonday Dream’ were so varied and over quite a period of time.
I have no ancestral link to the mountains. But I really do feel close to mountain culture. Their ways of food, of thinking. The way they hang out with no recording devices and just sing songs with each other.
When I first came to New York I was a dancer, and a French record label offered me a recording contract and I had to go to Paris to do it. So I went there and that’s how I really got into the music business. But I didn’t like what I was doing when I got there, so I left, and I never did a record there.
I remember recording over my mom’s cassettes and putting on ‘Thuggish Ruggish Bone,’ and my mom be like, ‘What the hell?’ Being that I was born in ’82, I’ve been listening to all of the classics throughout my years.
I like being in a recording studio. I like watching a song go from the simplicity of the original music.
Like most things that happen with Sabbath, it happened all of a sudden. I was intending on doing some recording, but out of the blue, Sharon called up and said she wanted us to do these gigs with Ozzy. I said that if everybody else was up to it then I would love to do it.
Tony Iommi
I hate re-recording. I like singing, but I don’t like recording a song over and over, making it too perfect.
I was successful with mediocre material because of a good recording voice that people really liked at that time.
I’ve always got a notepad on or a voice recorder recording ideas.
Money definitely does not equal success in recording.
My goal has always been to make classic records, classic albums. Sometimes the recording process and the era it was recorded in means the production leans in a particular way, but to me they are all part of the same process.
I think when you’re just counting on your voice, you actually need double the energy. I find myself acting out the scenes and being very physical while I’m recording because I think you can tell when someone is just sitting on a stool.
When I leave a recording session, there is usually a lot of paranoia or superstition on my part, like I’m afraid to hear what we’ve done.
I’m portable. I carry a laptop and a little recording studio on my back.
When I first started writing songs, I never intended on singing. I didn’t really consider myself a singer at all. I was just kind of recording the demo vocals as a holding place until someone else came and sang.
I was working two landscaping jobs; I was recording son

I was working two landscaping jobs; I was recording songs in the spare bedroom. I would get up at 4 A.M., go to work, get back at 6 P.M., have nap, then start recording, just go until I fell asleep.
Joshua Ostrander
I’ve not really spent much time in proper studios. The room itself where you’re recording, and how you live while you’re there is what appeals to me.
You control your future, your destiny. What you think about comes about. By recording your dreams and goals on paper, you set in motion the process of becoming the person you most want to be. Put your future in good hands – your own.
Mark Victor Hansen
‘Melodies’ is just about having fun! The song’s message is about being who you are and having a blast. I had such a great time recording it – I’m glad it’s my first single.
I’m always writing something. I’ve got so much stuff, I don’t know what to do with it. Some of it will be Strokes, some of it will be I don’t know what – stuff for pop singers. TV themes. I’ve got a jar stuffed with songs, all these ideas that are just me humming into a recording device.
My old man was a musician – that’s what he did for a living. And like most fathers, occasionally he’d let me visit where he worked. So I started going to his recording studio, and I really dug it.
When I was recording music, I’d record all the parts myself, and I wouldn’t let other people in; that’s essentially what Blood Orange is the result of; me trying to find the most comfortable I can be with everything.
Duncan Aldrich has been my partner in most recording projects, and touring projects, for the past decade.
Where Charlie Christian left off, Papoose started a new thing; he was an innovator of the guitar. The things he did during his recording career with Fats Domino in the Fifties and Sixties until the day he died was as much a part of the music of New Orleans as anybody else has had to offer.
To me, finding sounds, or even recording, is a compositional process. The studio is kind of an instrument.
You can alter movie singing so much because you go into the recording studio and, just technology for recording has gotten so good, you can hold out a note and they can combine a note from take 2 and a note from take 8.
It’s tricky when you’re doing a recording, because the only weapon you have is your voice and the delivery of that voice. You don’t have a gesture or a facial expression, there are no costumes or set pieces. Everything needs to be present in the voice.
Joyce DiDonato
Well, especially now I come to realize – and then – I would do my schooling which was three hours with a tutor and right after that I would go to the recording studio and record, and I’d record for hours and hours until it’s time to go to sleep.
I actually quite like promo, which is quite odd for an artist, but recording’s not the easiest thing.
I think I’ve done more recording in the past 10 years than most people, but it’s all been directed toward film composing and soundtracks. Just the same, it’s been great.
Stanley Clarke
When I was a kid, my favorite show was ‘Happy Days.’ If I could have heard a recording of the cast of Happy Days just sitting around having fun, talking about the show in a party atmosphere, I’d have lost my mind.
Personal songs take a little more to record, definitely. We had to bring our souls into the recording studio. It was us being very vulnerable. We heard that our fans can kind of feel that.
For my second record I had gotten ProTools (program) and started to familiar myself with hard disc recording.
To me, recording with live instruments and tape takes things back to an older sound that I like but that’s still fresh.
I don’t do any special preparations before recording any number, nothing like deep breathing or meditation.
I’ve always been fascinated with the juxtaposition of technology in music, not only in recording, but in the keyboard. It’s amazing the way you can apply technology to an art form.
Geoff Downes
I must say that kids make it a lot harder process, especially having to live the life of a traveling recording artist.
Actually, recording the Suite Chic album was so much fun and while working on this new album, people that I’ve worked with from Suite Chic has lend their voice.
Namie Amuro
When I have had such men before my camera my whole soul has endeavored to do its duty towards them in recording faithfully the greatness of the inner as well as the features of the outer man. The photograph thus taken has been almost the embodiment of a prayer.
Julia Margaret Cameron
The advantage of the Genesis is that it’s a rock-solid camera, made by a company with an enormous history and a huge support base. Plus, it’s very good in low light using all the Panavision lenses. The downside is that you’re recording on tape.
In ‘The Smurfs,’ I was actually a live action character. So, I was a real person in that movie. But I was working with animated characters, which is very strange because they’re off recording their work, and we’re kind of reacting to nothing when we’re doing the film.
A band like Depeche Mode would go out and record them hitting a trash can with a steel rod or something and recording it. And that would be one of their sounds of the drums. I love the creativeness of that kind of really raw sampling.
I’ve lived with my dyslexia and gone on to have a successful recording career, but academically I never had a chance in hell because I didn’t fall into that bracket.
There’s something special about recording something that’s as personal as your own songs.
Every free day, every weekend, I am in a recording session. I’m very lucky to have such supportive people around me.
Very often, I don’t make it through moments of recording because it is genuinely funny and absolutely ridiculous that a 60-year-old grown man is making these noises.
There's a guy at the record company who's 30, and he sa

There’s a guy at the record company who’s 30, and he says, I would not listen to these songs except in this context. Somehow the recording process, the arrangements, make it more accessible.
Tom Wopat
I’m thinking about recording everything to tape like it’s 1991 and seeing how that sounds.
Chuck Inglish
There is no ‘stop’ – there’s always ‘go’ on both sides: always keep writing, always keep recording. I don’t find them to be segmented processes.
You have a feeling when you’re recording, like, ‘This is gonna translate really well,’ and when you see it live, and it kind of proves that, that’s an amazing feeling.
I now have a home recording studio, which I can operate entirely on my own, as well as a portable version of the same which allows me to record anywhere I like and simply swap out the hard drives for use in the home studio.
Clint Black
It’s nice to be in a creative world that’s kind of isolated, but you can get led astray down some pathway while you’re recording that you might not like later. And there’s a lot of time to get in your own head and stay there.
Andrew Dost
I do disagree with the way videos of my songs have been made. ‘Afreen Afreen’ is a very powerful song; it did not require such a video. The emphasis should be on the song. Again, I have told my recording company, and in the future, they will screen the video only after my approval.
Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan
In the studio, if things go wrong, you stop things and fix them. I have never been in a recording studio, really, where the people in the booth were not interested in making a very good album. It’s often a light-hearted atmosphere but serious at the same time.
John Abercrombie
I asked the producers when I was doing ‘Y Tu Mama Tambien’ if they could give me a VHS recording of the film that I could show to my family, because in Mexico and Latin America, when you do a film, you don’t expect anybody to see it, especially not in the cinema.
I saw Damien Rice in Dublin when I was 13, and that inspired me to want to pursue being a songwriter… I practised relentlessly and started recording my own EPs. At 16, I moved to London and played any gigs I could, selling CDs from my rucksack to fund recording the next, and it snowballed from there.
I’m no diva but I can be annoying in a recording studio. Of course I try to be a diva in terms of confidence of performance and owning a song but I’ve never behaved like one in terms of the negative connotations of the word.
My entire life, I wake up, and at some point in the afternoon, I head toward some kind of musical recording device. My entire life.
You have to always physicalize, when you do animation recording. Otherwise, you won’t get the performance right.
I’m always going to have the puppets, probably not for the rest of my life, but I’m not going to stop doing ventriloquism anytime soon. I’m just going to add singing, recording songs, and maybe playing in a TV show.
The writing and recording process is what I enjoy, it allows me to be creative and work with different artists and producers.
I would be involved with music whether I had a career or not. I’m always going to be writing songs and recording them.
With recording, everything changed. The prospect of music being detachable from time and place meant that one could start to think of music as a part of one’s furniture. It’s an idea that many composers have felt reluctant about because it seemed to them to diminish the importance of music.
When I was recording my first solo album ‘Imaginaryland,’ I was listening to a lot of movie scores.
Petra Haden
I made a conscious decision when I was recording ‘Acoustic Soul’ to – and this is one of my mantras – follow the music and let the chips fall where they may.
I did recording sessions as a musician as well as a background vocalist and enjoyed every minute of it. I remember singing harmony with Waylon Jennings on a few songs that were hits. Chet Atkins always put me up so high that I strained to hit every note. It was a lot of fun.
Ray Stevens
I’m recording an album. It’s sort of techno mixed with garbage – you, know, intense in-your-face music.
Christy Romano
When we were recording, sometimes I wondered if what we were doing would even be possible to play live.
I’m always freaking people out because I’ll be out somewhere and I’ll hear someone say something and then later on I’ll say it again word for word. It’s almost like recording it in your head.
I use Auto-Tune but it’s not to mask anything. If you come to see me live, I can sing on the spot. Auto-tune is just for the recording. It keeps everything really precise.
Music is also a part of who I am so I’m thinking about recording an album.
I actually think I’m more of a turtle than Verne is. Where Verne is up on two legs and moving at full speed and doesn’t pull his head into the shell very often, I in reality was five or ten minutes later to every recording session.
I have to prioritize: father first, and then a pastor and a recording artist and entrepreneur. I try to put everything in proper perspective, and then the proper priority.
Robert Fripp and I will be recording another LP very soon. It should be even more monotonous than the first one!
I almost never set out to photograph a landscape, nor do I think of my camera as a means of recording a mountain or an animal unless I absolutely need a ‘record shot‘. My first thought is always of light.
I think what I always want whenever I’m recording is to have even just 2 percent of what the Alabama Shakes have, Brittany Howard.
Everyone has a black guy inside them. Mine is a Cuban sonero who is 80-something years old and sings better than I do. His name is Medoro Madera. Medoro has been recording since 1997.
I was ill in '98. By the end of '99 I was recording and

I was ill in ’98. By the end of ’99 I was recording and recovering.
Before recording technology existed, you could not separate music from its social context.
The very first thing I ever did, I was doing some work for the French Cultural Center. They wanted a little recording set up. And I got wire. A wire recorder. The wire came off spools, and to cut and edit, you tied it together in little square knots. Can you imagine?
I approach writing stories as a recorder. I think of my role as some kind of reporting device – recording and projecting.
I write a song to be recorded. And to some extent to be performed, but definitely more to be recorded than performed, because the recording will last longer than a performance.
More live recording. I have missed the boat over my career by not doing every second or third CD live because things happen onstage that don’t happen in the studio.
Yes, alas, I’ve been on some recording sessions where the music wasn’t good. Not so many, really, considering how many I’ve done. It’s a very awkward situation because to do a recording well you focus on the positive of what will make the piece better.
Tony Levin
I like golden-era hip-hop because they were recording on a 2-inch tape. There was dirty, raw sampling. It’s nasty. It has a vibe to it.
Being on a K-pop label and agency, everything’s taken care of for you. The music is set up for you. Your food, manager, practice room, recording studios – all these things are in the palm of your hand. However, you know the compromise of what you can actually do or say.
You don’t need 30 million people to listen to your podcast. If 10,000 people listen to your podcast, which is not a hard number to achieve, then 10,000 people are listening, and you can build a community, and literally change the world just recording into a microphone.
I used to have a radio show. That’s how I started foolin’ around with recording.
Howlin’ Wolf
Recording – once something’s done, it’s done, there’s not much you can do about it. It’s out there and you just have to pray to the gods.
I grew up seeing my sister in the studio. I would go to recording sessions and take notes.
I began hearing rumors of apossible recording session with Neil Young. I was a huge fan of Neil’s.
Jack Irons
I started writing and recording, at a very basic level, just in my own bedroom.
I’m a keen musician. Me and my mates have a great times jamming and recording stuff. We have a great band behind us and have turned my nursery-rhyme songs into quite credible pieces of music.
We’re a band that keeps writing and recording – we don’t know when it’s over.
When you first start writing a song, it’s fun, then when you start recording it, it’s fun, but by the time you’ve finished recording it, you’re sick of it.
My favorite hobby is writing and recording songs at my studio. I like to surf, but I don’t get a chance to do that as much as I’d like. I don’t live close to the beach. I also like to ski, but I don’t get to do that much, either.
The late ’70’s and early ’80s is the zenith of a certain craftsmanship in sound recording.
There was a period when STP and I weren’t making music – we weren’t getting along very good at all. But I had my studio, so I was writing and recording a lot of music. But something told me not to put it out. It was all stream of consciousness; it was clever, but it didn’t really have substance.
I’ve been doing a lot of studying singing, and I’m thinking of recording an album containing all my old war horses and putting out a songbook at the same time.
I’ve been with Def Jam Records for five years and they gave me my first recording contract so for that I’m forever grateful.
The first Broadway show I ever heard was the recording of Carousel, and it was a very vivid experience.
There are other countries that if you had a preexisting condition, and let’s say the virus caused you to go to the ICU and then have a heart or kidney problem, some countries are recording as a heart issue or a kidney issue and not a COVID-19 death.
One thing I’m doing on the new Titanic recording is actually bringing in different acoustic spaces.
Gavin Bryars
Abbey Road was actually one of the first studios I ever got the chance to go to. A friend of mine won a competition and got the chance to spend a day recording there – that’s when I was around 15 – and I was the only one who could engineer out of all of us.
I’m a recording studio guy, an engineer, a songwriter and a guitar player, in that order.
I don’t have any particular goals in making a recording. In a way the recording is itself the goal. The music comes into my mind, and from there the main job is to give form to it.
A lot of our tracks have sounded a lot better than I thought they would because of recording, mixing, and because I probably didn’t hear it that way. I’m not a songwriter.
The second album of Black Mages is currently in the process of recording and the basic tracks have already been completed. Hopefully sometime in the future we will be able to have a concert.
We got our old Neve recording console, it was owned by

We got our old Neve recording console, it was owned by The Kinks for a long time.
We used to do ‘Venus‘ live for a long time but never got ’round to recording it because people would always say it’s too old-fashioned a song.
Once I’ve got something that I feel is strong, if I get long enough to think about it, it’ll turn into something. I’ll start thinking about the drums – what the drums are doing, what the bass is doing. Then, if I can remember it by the time I get to a recording device, it’ll turn into a song.
I did my thing with Jive. I was a national recording artist, but I had run into a wall.
Every time I listen back to solos of mine I’ll hear something I like and then another phrase that I can’t stand. You have to live with what you play. And the recording medium puts that on us. When I play live gigs I don’t think so much like that.
John Abercrombie
I was in school with Dweezil Zappa, Frank Zappa’s son, and we had a band. Only in L.A. could stuff like that happen. We would hang out in Frank Zappa’s studio, and we released a single in 1982 on his label. I was 12, and that was the first recording experience I had. To top it off, Eddie Van Halen produced it.
I obsessively listened to all of James Lapine’s shows as a child growing up in Cleveland and had every cast recording and every VHS tape of ‘Into the Woods‘ and everything that James had done that I could get my hands on.
You have high school photos and stuff, but to have a recording of your voice and your work from 20 years ago, it’s a kick in the head to hear how you’ve changed and what you were interested in at the time and how it’s either changed or stayed the same.
I’ve been getting a bit of writing done, a bit of recording done and I just want to get out as much new music as I can before I end up spontaneously combusting.
Gerry Cinnamon
I just work a lot. I just remember recording in a hotel room in Malaysia. I work on planes, I work on buses. A lot of times when I’m backstage in the hotel or on the bus, I would have new ideas.
When I broke 20, I said to myself, ‘I will give concerts until I’m approximately 30.’ And I made it a year and a half late, but, nevertheless, that’s what I did. When I broke 30, I said, ‘I think I should be recording until I’m about 50.’
I think I definitely enjoy recording, but I think it’s more fun to go out and perform live, because it’s like instant gratification, you know? You feel the response immediately.
Our robots are signing up for online learning. After decades of attempts to program robots to perform complex tasks like flying helicopters or surgical suturing, the new approach is based on observing and recording the motions of human experts as they perform these feats.
Ken Goldberg
I learned that being sort of legitimately recognized by a legitimate and traditional recording academy, it made people look at us a bit differently. Not everyone, but some people.
Tucker Halpern
It was always difficult for me to listen to my singing voice for the first 20 years or so. I mean, I really enjoyed singing, and I enjoyed doing live shows, but being in a recording studio and having to hear my voice played back to me would really drive me up the wall.
To me, the hook of the riff is what makes a great guitar recording. It’s the backbone of the whole song. When you have a strong riff, it’s the rocket fuel for the track.
I was following my muse and I was very fortunate in having good people around me and it turned out to be a pretty good recording in my opinion.
I’m not just a singer of funny songs; I am basically, first and foremost, a musician. I’m always recording all styles of music.
Ray Stevens
I want recording to be fun.
Musical recording history is full of multi-racial collaborations and it is this cross-pollination that has created the magic of Ellington, Sinatra and the Beatles. I am merely a part of that tradition.
The thing that’s cool about the recording booth is that it’s so perfunctory, so cut-to-the-chase.
Gaslight has a specific way of playing and recording that’s sort of become the way now.
By the time I’m in the studio recording my parody, 10,000 parodies of that song are on YouTube.
When I was, like, 16 or 17, I was just finding out about this YouTube thing. Then I saved a bit and asked my parents for some help to get the recording software and equipment.
It doesn’t pay to get too familiar with your songs. Going off to do other things in between recording sessions gives you a chance to think.
I felt that, in retrospect, there was a time in the late Seventies, after I had a string of hits and successes, as a performer and a recording artist, that I wasn’t saying anything.
Boz Scaggs
My history is really playing live – not writing or recording.
I’m relentless when it comes to writing and recording.
When I started to recording, I gave the name of Honeyboy, but my people only knew me by Honey.
I’m a recording artist, a performing artist and a producing artist. All those things have everything to do with the outcome of my shows. I get myself studying every part of the game and not everyone has the characteristic to do that. In my mind, you need all three to become an artist.
When Josh and I are recording a record, we’re very mindful of how the music will manifest itself live. That’s where we have to live every day. When we tour for the next record, I imagine there will be a new story to tell, and we’ll introduce new characters.
One of my most persistent, long-term fantasy wishes is

One of my most persistent, long-term fantasy wishes is not that I could fly or become invisible, but that I could make sound recording be invented decades or even centuries earlier than it was, so I could hear what people in the 1830s or 1750s actually sounded like.
On the PBS recording of ‘The Light in the Piazza’ backstage, you get to see me doing some sweet lunges down the hallway of the Vivian Beaumont.
I’ve been more and more into production lately, and I really, really love that. I love recording.
What we’re increasingly seeing is comics are becoming better known across the world. They’re recording shows wherever they are, then putting them online for everyone. It has definitely changed in that way.
People keep inventing all these new machines, and producers and recording engineers keep wanting to use them.
It’s kind of odd when you think of Loretta Lynn, when she was first traveling and recording country music. It was all built through word of mouth. If you pleased the fans, they would pass it around to their friends and family.
Patty Loveless
I’m quite proud of my piano playing. Robin‘s never played a note on the piano at our recording sessions. I just wish I could be appreciated musically now.
Orchestras are not used to playing the kind of stuff jazz musicians like to play. It requires a lot of rehearsal and recording time, so it’s much easier to do on a synth or sampler. So, we came up with that idea.
When I was doing ‘In the Heights,’ I was the co-music supervisor for ‘The Electric Company’ on PBS, so I was writing songs all day, doing the show, staying up until 3 A. M. Writing more songs, recording demos in the intermission in my dressing room.
As a musician or composer, whenever I am recording a song I imagine myself sitting beside my piano and singing the song with a little fear that whether I will be able to perform or not.
Most of the time with video games, you’re recording by yourself.
Roger Craig Smith
There’s this weird game called ‘Blueberry Garden.’ For that game an artist recorded some piano music, but evidently he only had a really terrible microphone on top of the piano, and I really liked it and wanted to experiment with that. So, I made piano recording and really mangled it, and kept experimenting with the technique.
I think I’m the only singer who doesn’t have a temper. The only time I got angry was at a music studio when I was made to wait for three hours without being informed about the delay in the recording.
Sunidhi Chauhan
It is not that I don’t like contemporary country music because I do. I love it. I have recorded a lot and have had great success recording records that have not been very traditional country records.
I was not performing or recording in the last trimester of my pregnancy but I was working from home, planning my futures projects.
I am such a gearhead. In my recording studio, I personally engineer and edit everything on computers.
My guitar playing has not developed as much as I think it could because I never practice. I only play when I’m writing or recording or when I’m playing on tour. When I’m sitting around at home, I never play.
I have known Chithra long before I became a composer. Her growth has amazed me; she had not seemed extraordinary when I saw her singing at shows or recording tracks, for singers like S. Janaki and P. Susheela, at Tharangini Studio in Thiruvananthapuram.
Mohan Sithara
I’ve made music for grownups most of my life as a singer/songwriter – often with my band, Nine Stories – recorded many albums, and 10 years ago I started recording kid’s music, too.
I don’t like the way recording to digital sounds. Most of the time, when I’m recording to two-inch tape, I still have a romantic vision of how songs sounded coming out of the radio when I was younger, and how they sounded coming out of my little four-track cassette player.
I don’t feel guilty about the music I love. If you feel guilty about something you dig, then you should stop feeling guilty about it. One of my favorite albums to this day is the 10th anniversary ensemble cast of ‘Les Miserables,’ the ultimate cast recording, and it is still something I love listening to top to bottom.
Of all liars the most arrogant are biographers: those who would have us believe, having surveyed a few boxes full of letters, diaries, bank statements and photographs, that they can play at the recording angel and tell the whole truth about another human life.
Harmonies come really naturally to me. I don’t have to labor too hard over them. I’ll sing a lead vocal, and then I will immediately have all of these other ideas for vocal harmonies. I think that some of the most fun parts of recording, for me, are the vocal harmonies.
I still love recording and still love the stage, but like my dad, I have the most fun when I am in front of that glorious orchestra or that kick-butt big band.
No compression or as little as possible – that’s how you get a good recording.
I would like to do one of Ilaiyaraaja’s songs. After all, I did play drums for him and have watched him closely while composing, recording and performing. I would like to do an album of Mohammed Rafi’s Hindi songs, too.
I get very deep into the writing and recording process.
Natasha Bedingfield
For the most part, the real work is done in the songwriting stage and recording; the next step is presenting to people.
I remember showing Prince around Warners’ recording studios. He was the nicest kid.
I write all the time, even if it means recording in the hotel room. I write on the plane, anywhere, anytime I’m inspired or have ideas.
There was never going to be a right time for a band that was still recording and had health in its environment, had made a very good record and was playing well.
I'd gotten used to recording background vocals perfectl

I’d gotten used to recording background vocals perfectly, doing 18 takes of them until they line up. Not recognizing the inherent beauty in each performance, but just making something good.
Back in the day, I used to be in the studio recording 20 hours a day. And that was all of the time. I still record a lot of hours, but I don’t go as long as I used to.
I’d do a demo recording by myself, layering instruments on top of one another, and while that’s fun, it doesn’t have the same impact as getting some great players together in a great studio with a great engineer and producer, then waiting for the magic.
Bernie Leadon
There are some movie stars in Hollywood that are so scared, they also tell the reporter that they are recording them, in case there is something wrong with what they wrote about them in the papers.
I still recall how nervous I was when I went for the recording of ‘Guzarish’… When I reached the studio, all of them were there – Rahman, Aamir Khan, lyricist Prasoon Joshi and director A.R. Murugadoss.
In recording, you’re trying to make something work sonically – getting the right inflection on the right guitar sound – and maybe a part that would be musically great doesn’t sound as cool. On paper, though, it’s all stripped back. The musical idea is the one that wins.
I basically make my living writing songs, so I’ve been able to go around in my trailer. If I got tired of a place, I could move on and roam around. It’s a nice environment for writing songs, as opposed to sitting at a recording studio console all day.
My whole life was writing, recording and touring over and over again. At some point I realised I wasn’t enjoying myself any more.
For a movie, you have to make sure the lyrics are consistent with the rhythm that is given to you. But, at times, during the song’s recording, you find out that your words are not appropriate for the track, and so you have to change them.
When the Beatles cut old rock n’ roll, they were recording music still in their performing repertoire, and besides, they never thought of the music as old.
I love Donna Summer, and I love ABBA. I love late ’70s disco. I love the Bee Gees. I just love that period of recording.
What producers did was mostly recording in the studio, so it never changed our sound just that much.
I just want to keep making music, recording and trying different things. I don’t want to do the same thing all the time.
I studied all kinds of dance, all types of music. I got good grades. I started hitting the recording studio around 13.
Make sure you know what you are signing when you sign a recording contract.
But some great records are are being made with today‘s technology and there are still great artists among us. Likewise there are artists today who are so reliant on modern technology, they wouldn’t have emerged when recording was more organic.
Recording with Meek Mill for me was like when Allen Iverson played with Michael Jordan for the first time.
I did grow up with Michael Landau, my brother since we were 12 years old. That was competition but in the best way. He is such a monster, always was, and we had a blast growing up playing in bands and early recording and are still the best of pals.
Before recording my ‘Homeland‘ audition on my iPhone in my bedroom in Streatham, I hadn’t worked or had an audition in the U.K. for nine months.
Every camera shoots horizontal, right? So we’re all super used to framing things with lots of horizontal room. We’ve seen this new wave of Snapchat stories and Instagram stories where people are actually framing for and recording in vertical. Whether it’s better or not is debatable.
But I’d say recording and playing on stage are two completely different things. Being up there in front of all those people is like jumping off a cliff into icy water. The recording process is a totally different energy.
When you’re recording in the midst of touring, you get a different sense about you. Things are more rocking, darker, heavier and louder. You’re thinking about the audience that you’re seeing every night.
I started off as a recording engineer and a beatmaker. I was this skater kid that would skateboard to auditions, and then I would use the money I’d make and buy a bunch of equipment and make a bunch of beats. I still am that kid, just with a little more money.
Being in a recording studio is a very different feel from performing onstage. I mean, obviously, you can’t just go in and do what you would do onstage. It reads differently.
When I met Johnny Cash, I didn’t know what to ask: where were you born, who was your favorite recording artist, what’s your favorite color – I didn’t know.
There is a common misconception that when you’re a singer working for a recording company you get to pick everything you’re doing. Very few people have been accorded such a luxury.
I was recording dance tracks when the auditions for ‘Popstars: The Rivals‘ came along.
In preparing for my recording audition, my mom told me to YouTube the old ‘PeanutsThanksgiving and Christmas specials to hear how Charlie Brown speaks. So I listened to as much as I could find online to get the voice right. Winning the role took a lot of hard work, but good fortune as well.
The recording companies are continuing to look at ways to buy short and sell long. So now they give recording deals to groups of people who we refer to as ‘garage bands’ – they are amateurs who are bought for nothing and it’s really a shame.
TiVo and other digital recording devices have confounded advertisers. The ad industry sees the technology as a threat to their product.
In this day and age, though, no matter how many people you play for, if you’re playing with a band like Blink, millions of people will see it thanks to YouTube and everything recording it.
Some people take off recording cycles, but I record yea

Some people take off recording cycles, but I record year round.
All my writing takes place during the recording of the master tapes. I never do have songs when I start up an album. I actually write them while I record.
In Spanish, I record a lot of single-voice tracks, and in English, I ‘stack‘ a lot of voices, so it’s very different, and I think I got so used to recording in Spanish for six years that it was really refreshing and challenging to get in and record ‘Double Vision’ in English.
I’m always working on new songs. With the technology these days, any idiot can record on Pro Tools on your laptop. All you have to do is plug a microphone into the input jack and anybody can have their own recording studio. So I’m always down in my basement, singing along to riffs or whoever I’m collaborating with.
When you’re recording live, really good vintage instruments onto two-inch tape, it’s the best fidelity you can get.
My mom is a very religious woman. So when I began recording music, I was afraid she wouldn’t accept it. But when I played her a song, she loved it.
I put out a recording of me singing mostly jazz because I wanted people to know I’m coming from a jazz background.
When it comes to the recording and writing, it’s still mostly Mickey and I. But now there’s this whole live entity that’s a whole different thing, and it seems to be where we’re gaining the most popularity.
Gene Ween
I remember recording with Johnny Sandlin at his place right outside Muscle Shoals and he turned me on to a lot of those musicians at an early age, like Roger Hawkins and David Hood and just a ton of great players.
Recording ‘Tusk’ was quite absurd. The studio contract rider for refreshments was like a telephone directory.
I started writing when I was, like, eleven. We couldn’t afford private lessons, so I had to teach myself how to sing through recording songs on GarageBand.
By the time 1997 had rolled around, I had been in the music business for all my life, from the age of 15. I started recording professionally when I was 18. I had seen how record companies work, how the business works, and truth be told, I was pretty disgusted by everything by that time.
When I sat down with all the songs before recording, I realised I’d written a few songs specifically about places in America – there was this song about Detroit and another about Yellowstone National Park. My dad is actually American, so I wrote another song about that side of my family.
Salman liked my song ‘Humko Pyaar Hua’ from ‘Ready’ and asked me to try a romantic number for ‘Dabangg 2.’ After the recording, both Salman and Arbaaz Khan liked the way I sang the number and finalized my rendition for the film.
I put some songs on the Internet back in 2009 – that’s kind of how everything started with Washed Out. I had never really planned on being in a band or anything like that. It was kind of a hobby I did on my own, just recording music.
I’ll always leave the same set of strings on my guitars when I’m recording. If I break one I’ll just replace it instead of putting on a whole new set of strings.
Waylon Jennings and I had a lot of fun recording together.
At 13, I loved how so many of my peers sang and played acoustic guitar, so I started recording videos with covers of famous songs and posting them online.
People wanted to know where I was and what I was doing. Was I still recording? Was I touring? Was I putting a band together? Was I writing songs? Was I even still singing?
I am financing the recording myself. So I have no big names to drop.
Holly Johnson
I played in front of every conceivable audience you could face: an all-black audience, all-white, firemen’s fairs, policemen’s balls, in front of supermarkets, bar mitzvahs, weddings, drive-in theaters. I’d seen it all before I ever walked into a recording studio.
I had to embrace just basically writing and recording on my laptop. On long drives through the Rockies, I would take my laptop and mess around with ideas and make rough sketches of songs.
Any aspect of life can help you be a better actor because what are we doing except living life while somebody’s recording it?
Back in the day, fans wrote letters to groups – you’d get them, although it could take a while. Now, artists can go online and there’s discussions about what you should and shouldn’t be doing. The minute you announce that you’re recording an album, thousands of people are telling you what that album should be.
While I was recording ‘Ziltoid,’ the movie ‘Mars Attacks‘ came on TV, I think, six times in one week. So I don’t know if there’s any direct references or anything, but the aesthetics of that movie was definitely around while I was creating the music, so I’d be lying if I said it wasn’t part of it.
I got a studio built in my house, so I was recording there in Memphis and Atlanta. Those two environments give me that street feel.
Still for fun, I play the drums, but I don’t do much recording with them.
Jan Hammer
I enjoy recording and performing, but it’s the songwriting that I love most.
I prefer recording drums in the analog format, but that does not mean I would only do it that way.
Randy Castillo
I think it was, my parents got me a karaoke machine when I was about 9 years old. Even before that, they got me a tape recorder that I used to walk around my life with. And there was something about recording and then hearing myself back.
I hope someone thinks I sing good. I’m always working hard to sing better. I sound the way I sound, but I can always be better. I work hard at singing and being a better recording artist.
My practice is to take a sheet, write the song number i

My practice is to take a sheet, write the song number in the left side, name of the production, and time of recording. Only when I have to fill the name of the singer do we look out to see who is free. When the singers we want aren’t there, I end up singing it! That’s how I became a singer.
It’s not unusual to have only three weeks to score a picture. And that’s three weeks from signing on to finishing the last recording session. That’s how I did ‘The Queen‘ and, more recently, it’s how I did ‘The Imitation Game.’
I always feel like there’s something magic in recording studios. There’s a reason good music continues to be made in them. It’s just some mojo element.
I’ve got a studio at home, and I’m always recording.
We left ‘Byker Grove,’ had a short recording career and suddenly it finished. The invites to premieres dried up and overnight things stopped. We realised very quickly how fickle this business is. Thinking you’ve lost it all makes you appreciate it a lot more and it sticks with you.
I’m involved with Recording Artists and Actors Against Drunk Driving. I’m also involved with most children‘s causes, because children can’t help the environment they’re in.
I’ve never been ambitious about recording.
Sheet music, recording, radio, television, cassettes, CD burners, and file sharing have all invalidated, to some extent, the old model of making a living making music.
It’s been over 15 years since I toured… over 12 years since I did any recording under my own name. I never really intended to take that long of a hiatus.
Thomas Dolby
So I did a program with the Recording Academy, the Grammy Museum. So pretty much they take, like, one hundred kids during the summer and for a week or two every day they go over something different in music history. Then during the music history part of the program, they would just tell us about the different eras.
Art is basically communication, and I think everyone who’s a music lover has had that experience where a record or a recording has kept you company when no one else is around. And I think that is what I’m hoping that people get out of my music.
I never stopped recording, but I went through a period where… The one thing that a lot of people don’t know is that for as long as I’ve been as artist, I’ve been a writer and a producer.
I hadn’t been a recording artist all that long when albums came on the scene, and I was one of the first singers to point the way to how varied an album’s contents could be.
Mel Torme
For some artists the live performance is the chicken before the egg of writing or recording of repertoire. For other artists the writing or recording of repertoire is the chicken before the egg of live performance.
When I was recording ‘Kun-Faaya-Kun,’ I did it like I was offering Namaaz.
I hold all of the songs that I have had the pleasure of recording and performing in high regard.
When you’re recording to analog tape, it captures performance and you can’t necessarily manipulate that in different ways. It is what it is.
Even on our days off, we’re basically at the studio recording.
I think when we were making the first album, we were like 16, 17 years old, and I think just years and years of recording and playing shows – I know me, personally, I kind of figured out my style more and vocally learned a better way to sing in the studio.
When I first started recording, I was told by all of the experts in the business that the kind of music that I was doing was never going to sell. That disco was the coming thing and it was going to take over and what I was interested in was a minor sideline.
In the 1960s when the recording studio suddenly really took off as a tool, it was the kids from art school who knew how to use it, not the kids from music school. Music students were all stuck in the notion of music as performance, ephemeral. Whereas for art students, music as painting? They knew how to do that.
Why I got into music was James Taylor, so to see him be a real down-to-earth guy that’s unbelievably talented… then to hear him sing those lyrics of ‘What I’m Thankful For,’ which is a song Ms. Yearwood and I got to write together, that was definitely a highlight of my recording life.
I feel that performing is its own art form, and recording is its own art form, and writing is its own art form, and that they all can happen simultaneously but at different paces.
You go into any recording studio in the world, and you see candles, lights, and that Apple light from a Mac.
My relationship with Music Row has always been, from my end, optimistic and hopeful that there is more than one way to approach the writing, recording, and marketing of an album.
Deana Carter
No one is making extraordinary things alone. They might be alone in their bedroom while they’re recording or writing, but they didn’t actually conjure that thing out of nothing – without influence – without assistance – without anything.
I’m very conscious of the fact that I devoted my life to recording music, recordings and writing songs.
Long before the arrival of reality TV – before speed cameras, before recording angels on buses and lampposts – I felt I was living in a country that already knew how to watch itself. It was journalism that held the responsibility for seeing who we were and noticing what we did.
I was just writing songs in my spare time, and recording because it’s fun to do, and Sub Pop called me and said they wanted to put some stuff out. I had to weigh whether I wanted to put the time into it because it’s a commitment. But, in the end, it seemed too good to pass up.
The same way you can see me sit at a table in a movie and be six different people, the mother and the uncle and all these different things, when I’m in the studio, I can do that, too. I’m not trying to be a recording artist and have a certain type of music for the radio.
I definitely use ‘smiling while rapping’ as a tool in the booth. I want to have fun while recording.
After moving to England I did some recording and eventu

After moving to England I did some recording and eventually formed an English band, this was together for quite a few years with only a keyboard replacement. The band had no name, just my name.
When I was young, I was offered my first recording contract in 1971 and was offered quite a bit of money if I would change my character and be a ’70s version of Cher.
I think, actually, I was the first person to ever sign a simultaneous video and recording deal with a record company.
After discovering the Ramones, I discovered really crude ways to multi-track by taking another cassette recorder and plugging that into the eight-track, playing it back, so that as I was recording with the mic in my guitar, I could have another cassette player I had recorded on feeding into the recording.
Sometimes when you have multimedia, people use it too much. It has to be a tool and not the end product, if you can use it as a tool. The same thing apples when you are recording. We had this problem in the 80’s, we got so computerized there was no heart and soul in the music anymore.
I never thought I would be recording on any professional level, so to be doing a rockabilly, Motown, pop soundtrack in a L.A. studio was completely bizarre and amazing.
The group-effort sound in recording of ‘Sea Lion’ is like, you really hear all the people in the room and hear them interlocking. There’s a real freight-train energy of all these people at the same time playing.
The way I do it is there’s never recording ‘sessions.’ One finishes, the next one starts. It’s just continuous.
Working as a teaboy may have helped my confidence, but not everyone else was so pleased. I could never remember who had milk or how many sugars, and I had an unusual talent for spilling tea on the recording console.
If you hear that my soul mate still tells one or more of his exes he loves her, I want to know. Audio recording is preferable.
Recording at Compass Point was really fantastic. When you’re in the studio, you could be anywhere: It could be snowing outside or whatever. But it’s great fun when you come out of the studio and are greeted by nice weather and good bars.
I think people, just because of digital recording and how computers have become such an important part of our lives, I think the means to record music now is in more people‘s hands. It’s a lot cheaper than it used to be.
A short story collection can be as exciting as a novel. It is a real complete experience, like when you listen to a real good recording, a Beatles record, and there are so many good songs.
I’m one of those pianists who tends to ignore every existing recording and lots of traditions about playing pieces when I start.
Jeremy Denk
I need quiet when I’m recording because I don’t want any noise in the background.
When we were making Speaking in Tongues and Remain in Light, we were jamming. From that we were taking the best bits and then recording and improvising on top of those.
Piper took me one step further in that it got my first real recording contract but the band just didn’t quite mature. It didn’t break things open, but it got me to the door.
I started writing out all of my feelings, and people asked me, ‘Have you ever thought of recording your music?’ It was something I’d always thought of, but I’d never really had the confidence.
I have always thought of myself as a performer first and way down the line as a recording artist.
The lyrics are always the last thing I do. I always have a recording of basic tracks and maybe some of the lead work. I’ll sit back and listen to it, and I’ll just concentrate on what kind of feeling it gives me. My goal writing the lyrics is to not disrupt that feeling.
Back 20 years ago, I was recording with Bruce Springsteen, and his producer called me and said I had to be in the studio the next day to finish the sessions, and I couldn’t. I had to be in court, in California. All this took like 10 years out of my life.
Ronnie Spector
By the age of 17, for me, we had got an recording contract, and, boom, I was gone.
I started getting back into buying old analog gear while we were recording. Lots of old drum machines and synths. It wasn’t a conscious thing. I didn’t consider myself a collector, but boxes of vintage gear would turn up virtually every day.
Well, I’ve been recording myself on a computer since I was about 13 or 14. So it’s completely entwined with my creative process. Essentially, it allows you to make music that’s better and smarter than you are, by using your ears to lead the way.
I hear these melodies. I hear horn lines and string lines. That’s what’s fun about recording with an orchestra.
Simultaneous recording with superimposed ionization chambers and Wilson chambers, ionization chambers and sets of counting tubes, has not yet been carried out.
Victor Francis Hess
Soundgarden signing to a major, then Mother Love Bone, and seeing the same happen to Alice in Chains. We were all suddenly making music and recording at the same time, and we had money to do it. It wasn’t like a $2,000 recording that you do over a weekend. It’s like, ‘Wow, maybe this will be our job.’
I don’t keep a diary or a journal. Sometimes I’ll send emails to friends, and that’s a way of recording what I was thinking at any given time. But I’ve never been a journal keeper.
I love recording music.
Dre’s from Compton, I’m from Brooklyn, and we both wanted to make a better life for ourselves, right? And we both – somehow, we’re both recording engineers, that’s how we got our break.
As a young girl, I loved having stories read to me. There is something magical about narration and voiceovers. Recording a voiceover is an art form in itself.
I don't get a big recording budget or much promotion, b

I don’t get a big recording budget or much promotion, but I have creative freedom.
I am opposed to the laying down of rules or conditions to be observed in the construction of bridges lest the progress of improvement tomorrow might be embarrassed or shackled by recording or registering as law the prejudices or errors of today.
Isambard K. Brunel
I just stroll in right before the recording goes on.
Humphrey Lyttelton
I always have trouble recording drums and double bass.
Recording in Jamaica is like nothing else. The studios are always closed in America. But in Jamaica, the studio doors are wide open, and there’s music blasting out in the street. You can see the reaction of people immediately.
I began both auditioning with Pearl Jam and recording for Eleven. In the fall of 1994, I joined Pearl Jam.
Jack Irons
On the first recording, I wasn’t singing out that much; I was shy with my singing.
About two months into the Whisky, I borrowed some money and rented a remote recording truck.
Johnny Rivers
I’ve written a song for Prince. I never showed it to Prince, but just to see if I could do it. At the time, when I sort of knew him, he was recording a song a day. I wondered if I could do that. So I wrote it.
I’m never tired of going to the studio. I enjoy recording and documenting everything and trying new things.
I’m recording freely, and if I make a song, I release it immediately, so I’m more likely to believe in one song at a time as opposed to albums.
I read numerous books – loads in fact – and, as I always do when recording a historical project, immersed myself into the subject matter. I spent many hours at Henry‘s old homes, such as Hampton Court, and visiting the Tower of London. I read no other books during that period.
I really love filling out forms – quite fortuitous, really, given that as one of Australia‘s 4 million-ish disabled people, ticking boxes and recording my life for other people is what I’ve spent a fair chunk of my time doing.
After years of begging, I got my parents to get me a little Craig tape recorder, a reel to reel. Then I started recording voices, or recording Jonathan Winters off television and stuff like that.
I’m a perfectionist to a default. I will drive you crazy sometimes. When I’m recording, I will try something a trillion times to get it right.
Once you establish a foundation of knowing what the greatest recording artists of all time were… Wouldn’t you want your kids to know this stuff?
I just fell into the Dylanesque idea of recording. He is real fast.
Recording ‘Ten,’ we probably did ‘Even Flow‘ 30 times.
I’ve always wanted to be on an original cast recording. I grew up listening to them, and now to know that my voice is heard on three or four of them is just surreal. I never thought I would be that person.
And for me the only way to live life is to grab the bull by the horns and call up recording studios and set dates to go in recording studios. To try and accomplish something.
I basically wake up at five in the morning and grab coffee and just get to the studio. And I have a list of things I need to get done every day. Sometimes it’s just mixing, sometimes it’s actually writing, sometimes it’s writing, recording, and mixing. It all depends on what is necessary that day.
What do I think of digital recording? Well, it’s all right. But those old thorn needles, now, that was a sound.
I was in Australia in about 1996 when I played some acoustic guitar for some guys at a studio down there. They were pretty happy with it, and mentioned doing an album, so about a year later I met some people who were interested in recording.
Tom Curren
You have to focus hard on recording songs that you believe in.
The only album that I listen to upon recording a new one is my ‘Cry‘ album, because sonically, I think it’s my best album to date. But other than that, I’ve never listened to my records, ever.
I just felt something was missing from my vision of what Tycho should eventually be. It took several years of learning new recording and production techniques to get to a point where I felt I could make a record like ‘Awake.’
The friendship I had with Elvis began to take shape in 1968 when I was recording in Memphis. I’d record during the day, and Elvis would send one of his guys over to bring me to Graceland at night. Everything you’ve heard about Graceland during Elvis’s glory days is true and then some.
I started out in a professional choir at 13 years old. We traveled to different places, and I had a close relationship with the leaders of our choir. We were recording when I was 15, so it wasn’t like I had to wait until 25 to find out certain things.
In 2006 or something, I was recording the voices for this short, ‘The Real Animated Adventures of Doc and Mharti.’ I was having fun doing these really crappy Doc Brown and Marty McFly impressions. During the middle of a line, a burp came out naturally. It was just so funny and gross.
Justin Roiland
Recording a Hindi song takes me around 40 minutes whereas a Kannada song takes me about two hours. The music isn’t a problem, since the notes used are universal. The language is the problem. I try my best to get it right, as I’m sensitive about respecting every language, since all of them are sacred in my heart.
Somehow, magically, I’ve become an electronic musician, and I have a recording studio that looks like the bridge of the Enterprise.
You can see how different artists work, from writing to

You can see how different artists work, from writing to recording, just from being in the studio environment with them.
Recording is more autobiographical than acting. It’s me – either how I’m feeling then or once felt at some point in my life. It’s all me.
I’m a binge writer. I work in the music business fulltime, in artist management and developing songwriters and recording artists, and so juggling my job I carve out as much time as I can on the weekends.
Ruta Sepetys
I made many studio albums and I think the danger of studio recording is that if you do not watch out, you come out with a perfectly sterile performance.
You don’t know how many celebrities I’ve gone into recording sessions with who first are kind of weirded out by us freaky voiceover people, then when the day is over, they want to stay. They haven’t had that much fun acting in ages. It’s hard to have any attitude about it.
Jeff Bennett
Bob Rock taught me a lot. His friendship has taught me a lot about what you should expect from a recording session and, more importantly, how you shouldn’t expect anything less than absolute joyousness. You should feel great. You should feel 14 to be doing it. It’s true and it’s rare.
I love Monk‘s song, ‘Just a Gigolo.’ It’s probably a minor song for him, but whenever I hear a recording of him playing it, I’m mesmerized because Monk clearly loved pop music. He took it very seriously and made an amazing thing out of it.
I’m not a slave to the recording industry. I have the freedom to make an album that I want to make and do it the way I want.
Since I’m known for recording other artists’ material, I’m absolutely deluged with mail from all the publishing companies. They take all the songs that’ve been lying around the office for months and throw them at me. Most of them are terrible, but you have to listen… just in case.
The art is what can’t be put on a timeline. You can’t say, ‘Well, I’m going to make a record in May because that’s when the producer has a window.’ So just recording and getting things out is paramount for me.
Being able to walk out of the studio after a week of intense recording and jump into a cold sea and sit in a hot spring and soak for a few hours completely resets the whole system. Really refreshing. For me, it’s all about stepping out of the ordinary. Even psychically.
I can’t get that live and I don’t have the time to take the tape, after I’ve finished recording it, into a little studio somewhere else where I can get a different kind of percussion sound.
I don’t have smart speakers in the house because I have a thing about whether they are recording our conversations.
The joy about the recording is that you are your own boss. You don’t have a director telling you how to do it.
Jim Dale
A lot of people think that I grew up in recording studios and knew the whole process, but that was never the case.
The thing with R Kelly was, he liked to record late at night, around midnight. And what was different with his studio was that one room had a recording suite, and next door was a club, with 40 or 50 people dancing.
I just want to make that my life: recording music and trying to write a good song every day.
Honestly, recording with Faith Evans blew me away.
The actual work of recording a record or making a film just requires that you consciously block the time out to do that and nothing else. That’s what I do.
I really just like making music. People call that ‘work.’ Like, ‘Oh, you’re going to the studio to work?’ No, that’s even what I do in my off day. I love recording.
There’s the soundtrack to The French Connection II’I think It’s my favorite soundtrack. It hasn’t been released. I actually had to go and get the film and just make a recording of it to get the music.
I’ve been recording since 1993. It was a hobby for six of those years. In 1999, I decided to do it full time and take it seriously.
When I had my daughter, Louisanna, two and a half years ago, I started recording every funny or sweet thing she said or did on my phone.
Leelee Sobieski
Our healthcare system has seen some of the greatest achievements of the human intellect since we started recording history: We’re developing incredible devices and implantables to improve the quantity and quality of people’s lives.
Sound preservation is not only the history of our culture and our country but also a document of life in the world. There is something with sound that is so extraordinary that it can be preserved, that we can listen to a recording made in 1925 and be transported back to that time.
HBO was a big thing for stand-up, and when you’re a broke kid with absolutely nothing to do on the weekend, there was always video recording your HBO specials. I would just rewind those specials and watch them like they were new again.
Joseph Gordon-Levitt’s career is kind of how I want to create my career. He’s very involved with his recording and production company and also worked on some really great projects.
People ask me all the time which I would prefer doing more, but I honestly can’t say. When I’m filming, I’m like, ‘No, this is my favorite,’ and when I’m writing music and recording and performing, it’s like, ‘This is definitely it.’
Cassie Steele
After the first couple of years recording, I did a lot of praying. I said, ‘Lord, please give me a hit.’ I want one so bad.
George Jones
When you’re on the road, you’ve got to have your four-track – or some kind of recording device to jam on and have a good time.
I began my career as a recording artist, and eventually I started directing my own music videos.
I'm very attached to Paris because I have a base there

I’m very attached to Paris because I have a base there and am also recording there, but New York is home to me when I’m in the U.S., because it’s nice to have a bed to go back to.
Keren Ann
With technology being the way that it is right now with Pro Tools and all that other stuff, more and more people are recording stuff at home and just utilizing Youtube and Facebook.
In recording, you’re trying to make something work sonically – getting the right inflection on the right guitar sound – and maybe a part that would be musically great doesn’t sound as cool.
You live in a bubble, generally, when you’re touring and recording – you’re in confined – in alone space, wherever you are, in the dressing room or in the studio – so sometimes it’s hard to grasp that bigger picture of things that are going on.