Best Quotes from Kurt Vile

I benefit from a change of scenery; it’s always inspiring.

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I can be chill. That’s a side of me that I like. But then, I can also be not so chill. I can get a little stressed out.

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Cigarettes are the worst thing in the world for you.

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I’m the kind of performer who gets lost on stage. I can tap into this soulful haze.

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Love is intense, and sadness is intense.

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I had a really fun time working with the HARRYS guys and their whole crew.

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I like a well-rounded life. All of this work is kind of useless if you don’t have something good to come home to.

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I’ve always been a music fan. I played trumpet. When I was in 4th grade, we were getting demos from the music teacher about different instruments we could play, and I said I wanted to play the trumpet right away. It was easy: it just had three valves.

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I really love that ‘I Can Feel the Heart Beating as One’ Yo La Tengo record a lot.

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I’ve got an amazing family. My wife is really smart. She’s guided me the whole way. With children, you see them grow up, so it’s like you’re forever young. They are totally innocent and so unjaded. Watching them grow up makes you go through it again yourself.

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I like to laugh at dark things.

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I find that I get nervous before I play. Even sound checks can give me anxiety and screw with my mind. But as long as I can play a little acoustic guitar backstage if I’m feeling nervous, so I don’t have to walk in there cold turkey, I’ll be fine.

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I walk around a lot. People come up to me and say ‘Hi,’ but not that often. I mean, I get it plenty often, but sometimes I wish they’d come up to me more! I mean, I’m just a regular guy.

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I think that I identify with Philadelphia for a lot of reasons. Without even thinking about it, I called myself ‘Philly’s Constant Hitmaker’ when I first got a MySpace, before I had any real hits. It was kind of just a funny slogan, basically lifted from the Rolling Stones’ first album, ‘England’s Newest Hit Makers.’

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I actually often write about writing music and being in that zone.

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I’m the kind of person who will set time aside to do something and then do everything but that thing.

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A lot of getting a song done is booking the studio time.

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I write a lot when I’m feeling bummed, but other times, you get locked in, and it’s totally personal. If you’re really low and writing, you’re not thinking about anybody at all.

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I’m not cynical, but the reality is that life is mortal. Terrible, sad things happen. Everybody loses friends and family. I’ll be on tour and get really scared if my wife won’t answer her phone within one minute. I’m sensitive.

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I get to come home to my family. It’s awesome, just constant adventure, never a dull moment. So much life.

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I’d say the best thing the Violators and I have done is to dominate the U.S. with an arsenal of smash hits.

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There’s too many favorite songs, so I’ll just say right now my favorite song of all time is ‘Poison’ by Bert Jansch.

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I like New York. I like Philly. I like San Fran. I like when people are stoked. But Chicago’s a real music town, and they’re really good to us there. There’s just something in the air there; people are just really stoked about music. Every time I go there, I have a great time, and the fandom is really heartwarming.

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When I was a teenager, I was mostly getting tapes and CDs, and somebody hipped me to the fact that you can get things on vinyl that are not necessarily available on any other fomat.

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I’ve always been a deep sleeper; because I come from such a large family – there are 10 kids – I could sleep through anything. Even with my last day job, I’d sleep in later and later and start coming in an hour-and-a-half late. I got fired twice before I really got fired.

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I’ve been known to just pass out instantaneously, like, anywhere.

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My cousin used to make fun of me for liking stuff like C+C Music Factory. I didn’t have any tapes; I just liked their song on the radio. We liked that because that was what we had access to.

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When I was 20, I moved up to Boston with my girlfriend, who’s now my wife. She went to grad school, and I met a bunch of cool friends there.

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Around ’93, the radio started playing ‘Loser’ by Beck and ‘Cut Your Hair’ by Pavement, and then I got way into Pavement. That was kind of a gateway drug into indie rock. I got all their B-sides, and I got that ‘Hey Drag City’ comp, so I got into all those Drag City bands.

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I think ‘She Drives Me Crazy’ is hilarious and good.

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People can have their punk ideals, but I don’t really care about that kind of thing.

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All of my surroundings influence my songwriting. It’s autobiographical, although I leave enough space so it’s relatable.

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I go in and out of mental funks all the time ’cause it comes with the territory.

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Anybody that’s from somewhere that’s made it in music outside of New York or L.A., if it’s a unique enough place, they’ll always say, ‘Dude’s from Minnesota!’ Or wherever, you know? So that’s how I got the Philly connection.

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I walk around a lot. People come up to me and say ‘Hi,’ but not that often. I mean, I get it plenty often, but sometimes I wish they’d come up to me more! I mean, I’m just a regular guy.

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Street Legal’ is like a cult classic. It’s pretty cheesy at times, but you learn to embrace it.

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I always sort of liked Mesa/Boogies, but I wasn’t sure if they were cool or not cool.

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I’ve developed this routine at home. I wait for the kids to go to bed; then my wife falls asleep. Then, it’s dark and quiet enough for me to work on songs.

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Everybody goes up and down throughout their lives.

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My music has to be funny and sad and happy and loving; it’s gotta have it all. When somebody’s just too dark all the time, it’s just drama. Or if somebody’s too funny? Well, I like being too funny sometimes.

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Smoke Ring’ was a downer, then ‘Wakin’ was an upturn.

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Finger-picking, in general, is a hypnotic thing. I feel like I’m more A.D.D. all the time, so the music has to be hypnotic.

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Life is mortal. There are all these rewards and consequences. Sometimes you embrace them, and sometimes they knock you over.

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I like the idea of having money.

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My favorite kind of song is the most beautiful song that you love so much and it’s so good it makes you want to cry a little bit. Any jam can sound like that on a certain day.

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I had a wacky job driving a forklift for an air freight company. That was the worst.

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We’ll play somewhere like London, playing to 2,000 people easy, and every time you play with more people, you think, ‘You’re a rock star,’ and it makes you laugh. I guess I am, but I’m also, you know, not.

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John Prine in particular… just the chord changes combined with the words. He definitely can make you cry a little bit. Just a little bit.

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Australia is a wild place.

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I’m obsessive when I get an idea in my head.

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I love polished pop music, but stuff like Neil Young’s Crazy Horse vibe or Waylon Jennings, that stuff is raw and real.

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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.

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