Bela Fleck quotes

  • My most powerful memory was hearing Earl Scruggs on 'The Beverly Hillbillies' as a 5 or 6 year old. That sound just blew me away, shook my head up.
    -- Bela Fleck

    #Memories #Powerful #Years

  • It doesn't have to be happy music to be inspiring.
    -- Bela Fleck

    #Inspiring #Music

  • I think it is very ironic that most people think that the banjo is a southern white instrument. It came from Africa and even for the first years that white people played banjo they would put on blackface.
    -- Bela Fleck

    #Thinking #Years #White

  • I always try to work with people who are better than me, so I can learn more.
    -- Bela Fleck

    #People #Trying

  • I think the Flecktones are a mixture of acoustic and electronic music with a lot of roots in folk and bluegrass as well as funk and jazz.
    -- Bela Fleck

    #Thinking #Roots #Mixtures

  • When I play my own music, or when I play new music, there's much more stress and intensity of thinking about how I'm going to make it work!
    -- Bela Fleck

    #Stress #Thinking #Play

  • Sometimes you can fix something that went wrong with what you do next and make it better than it would have been if it hadn't gone wrong, as an improviser, and I do know how to do that.
    -- Bela Fleck

    #Sometimes

  • I think I'm getting better at being verbal. I used to have a lot of problems with it. I had my own little demons that I was fighting, and I used the banjo as an escape.
    -- Bela Fleck

    #Fighting #Thinking #Get Better

  • I first heard the banjo on the Beverly Hillbillies, and from then on I was banjo-conscious. But I didn't actually get one until my grandfather gave me one, almost by mistake. He knew I was playing a little bit of guitar. He saw a banjo at a flea market and bought it. I took it home with me and just never put it down. I was fifteen.
    -- Bela Fleck

    #Mistake #Home #Guitar

  • There's a lot of hip-hop that would be great with a banjo in it. It would just groove like crazy, and I hope I get to be one of the guys who does that, because it's coming. It's coming.
    -- Bela Fleck

    #Crazy #Hip Hop #Guy

  • And then Earl Scruggs comes along and transforms the banjo into a virtuosic modern instrument. For the first time, the Southern banjo style becomes the identity of the banjo, and everything from before is wiped off of people's consciousness by the power of that explosion.
    -- Bela Fleck

    #People #Southern #Style

  • There are a lot of chapters to the banjo's history. Part of it are the roots in Africa, where it's a more primitive instrument. Then it comes to the United States where it morphs into the slave music that they created here, which was very African in origin.
    -- Bela Fleck

    #Roots #United States #Slave

  • I was a big fan of a writer named Jack Vance, a science fiction writer. He always wrote about these guys who were either going down a river in a strange world or would be in this one land where people acted really strange, and he'd have these interactions with them that were strange - he'd usually get run out of town or something. Then he'd end up in the next town over where the rules were totally different. And I love this stuff.
    -- Bela Fleck

    #Running #Land #Rivers

  • Everybody should have a documentary made about themselves. It's amazing what you see and what you learn.
    -- Bela Fleck

    #Should Have #Documentaries #Made

  • I learned that I'm so busy with what I'm doing, so focused on what I'm doing, that I miss a lot of opportunities for interacting with people.
    -- Bela Fleck

    #Opportunity #People #Missing

  • I think the musical evolution I've gone through has come from all the work with the material.
    -- Bela Fleck

    #Thinking #Musical #Gone

  • Being from New York, I wonder why am I inspired by bluegrass and Earl Scruggs? But when I look at the whole history of the banjo, I feel really good about it, including the Earl Scruggs part.
    -- Bela Fleck

    #New York #Looks #Inspired

  • I doubt anybody would have pushed me [on the music]. When I was at Sony nobody ever gave me any creative suggestions on the music.
    -- Bela Fleck

    #Creative #Doubt #Suggestions

  • I don't know enough about hip-hop, though I've heard some great hip-hop. I just did a thing with Qwest Love - we did a performance together in Memphis at the Folk Alliance Festival, and we had a great jam and a conversation.
    -- Bela Fleck

    #Hip Hop #Together #Jam