Oliver Sim Quotes

  • My writing has changed a lot. From 16 to 19, I've changed a lot. My kind of writing in the beginning was very observational; now it's grown very personal for me. I use it as a diary in many ways.
  • In our school, there were lots of bands putting up posters saying 'Come to our gigs'.
  • I can see myself always writing songs - but I'm not sure if I'll always want to perform.
  • Music is something I can't stop. Whether people are going to hear it or not, I'm still going to make music.
  • I can't even imagine how it must be to be a solo artist playing with session musicians.
  • To perform in front of a room full of people you go to school with would be terrifying. I couldn't do it now.
  • The darkness of clubs makes me feel much more secure, and you can hide behind smoke and lights.
  • I enjoy not knowing everything about a musician I like. At a time when you can find out a popstar's favourite animal, I think it's more exciting not to know. I just don't want to tell everyone everything.
  • My own personal goal is I just hope to still write songs and kind of let that sustain me as a job. If I could never have a 9-to-5 job, and making a living doing this, it'd just be incredible.
  • When you write songs for your best friends and maybe two other people to hear, and then realize that a million other people are going to hear them, it can be a bit worrying. You get concerned about what you might reveal.
  • I've never felt any huge intrusions into my personal life.
  • I was just making music in my bedroom. I never wanted to be onstage.
  • Normally, I don't like explaining songs. I don't want to kill anyone's interpretation or the story they want to make for themselves.
  • The day that you walk out in front of 30,000 people and don't get nervous is probably the day to give it up. It's inspiring to be a little terrified.
  • 'Coexist' was tough to make.
  • In the studio, there's no tiptoeing. As opposed to big, blow-out arguments, there are just lots of little solutions.
  • The xx do not condone guns!
  • I don't find touring very creative. There's not much time to yourself with your instruments.
  • When I finished school, I didn't continue to go to university, because I decided I wanted to do music.
  • I feel more confident and like I have more to say. I feel like I'm working more than ever, not just from fantasy, but actual experience. I'm an adult now - I actually have experience.
  • Beyonce is very special. I think the super-pop thing that supposedly died with Michael Jackson is still there with her.
  • As cliched as it sounds, I'm taking every day as it comes.
  • I believe with a lot of support shows, people are very much there to see the headliner. You don't necessarily have their full attention, and some of what we do requires a lot of silence.
  • Not to flatter myself, but I know that you can influence people's opinion as a musician, and I don't want to.
  • I was living with my dad, and I loved it. But I could totally imagine that if I didn't move out quickly, I would end up staying there well into my 30s.
  • Romy and I, we're learning how to share the xx with people who aren't in the xx.