Roy Ayers Quotes

  • 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.
  • DJs and people in the street know what they like.
  • The true beauty of music is that it connects people. It carries a message, and we, the musicians, are the messengers.
  • I still look good. I'm trippin', but people tell me that all the time. So check it out, I'm 63, and still kicking. I've been putting records out every year.
  • I always had this energy level that made me want to come to New York.
  • I think music all the time.
  • A lot of the hip hop artists don't write music. They write words.
  • Having good health, being able to breathe and be happy, that's one of the most beautiful gifts. On top of that, I have the gift to play music and make people happy through that. I'm just telling you from my heart, I'm so in love with life.
  • Some people really trip on success or popularity. My friends would talk to me about that, about tripping on all this stuff, but you know what I tripped on? I started buying property.
  • Artists don't always know. Almost every song I ever recorded that was a hit at the majors that the promotional people picked I didn't think it would be a hit. I was wrong every time!
  • I'm celebrating my 40th year in show business this year.
  • What we call soul has been around a long time. It comes out of a particular culture that is African in origin, but influenced by 250 years of slavery, as well as other forms of racial oppression.
  • Now I get exposure first with people directly in the clubs. This is a unique situation for me.
  • I don't trip on that much. I just like to enjoy life and be happy.
  • Most artists have contracts directly with the record company, and when they do music, all of their music is owned by the record company. But I did mine through a production company.
  • I've been sampled so much and I'm glad it's happened, it's a great compliment.
  • I don't think I'm really so unique. If every black person looked at their life they would quickly discover that they have been influenced by every type of music prevalent in America.
  • I was being an artist, being sensitive and technical as artists are. I'm sure Leonardo Da Vinci did that. Artists don't always feel the same as others feel about their work.
  • I'd definitely love to play in Nashville again. That would be really good.
  • I generally sell my records online or at the show. You can undersell the distributor and the stores, and people know what they're getting cause they've just seen you live.
  • I was with PolyGram; that was the big label that I was with for the longest, like 12 years.
  • I don't like rap that you can't understand. The youth is so quick and alert.
  • I couldn't get my album played over the so-called smooth jazz stations. Jazz stations would not play it. You don't always know who you're making that soul connection with.
  • It's a wonderful feeling just being in this creative motif.
  • Soul has no musical geographical or racial boundaries.
  • Most musicians count at the beginning, and never count and talk to their musicians after that. They only talk to them at the end of the song. But I would count with them and talk.