Solange Knowles quotes

  • You get educated by traveling.
    -- Solange Knowles

    #Travel #Journey #Educated

  • I have gone through many difference phases in my love affair with hip-hop.It evolves, your taste. It sometimes deepens, in terms of what's out; sometimes it's not as deep in terms of what's out. So it's definitely an evolution. I don't ever claim to be a hip-hop head.
    -- Solange Knowles

    #Differences #Hip Hop #Gone

  • I always have looked at "indie" as a term of "independence." Never associated a sonic gesture with that in the same way that pop music has always meant "popular" to me it didn't define a sound. And I think now that has been the context for things. If something is indie, it almost has this sonic association with it, or pop has become this term of shame almost, like, bubblegum sweet pop.
    -- Solange Knowles

    #Sweet #Thinking #Independence

  • There's a lot of situations where I feel irony involved when R&B and hip-hop is expressed in the indie worlds. There's a lot of times when I feel like the juxtaposition becomes a thing.
    -- Solange Knowles

    #Hip Hop #Juxtaposition #Hips

  • My parents only played Isley Brothers, Marvin Gaye. That's when New Kids came out, and we wanted to jam that. My mom was like, "Put that thing off and put my damn record on". So from old school to '90s to recent, it's just always been there.
    -- Solange Knowles

    #Mom #Brother #School

  • There's just so, so many overlooked R&B artists and I think it's really about, again, being sensitive to whatever you're addressing culturally. I just always try to have a sensitivity to it and what that might make someone feel.
    -- Solange Knowles

    #Thinking #Artist #Trying

  • A lot of times I use live musicians, but I don't want it to have that live funky sound so I'll just take the best loop of a drum part and repeat it over and over and over again so that there's consistency and it feels a little bit more programmed. But I have a love/hate relationship with comping as well.
    -- Solange Knowles

    #Hate #Consistency #Use

  • I actually produced other people's vocals for a long time when I first signed my publishing deal and I had just sort of decided that I only wanted to be a writer. I would be in all of these writing sessions, and a lot of times my publisher would say, "You should get a demo singer to sing it because then it doesn't identify as a Solange song."
    -- Solange Knowles

    #Song #Writing #Long

  • I've let go of being a super perfectionist on every single note and wanting the pitch to be absolutely perfect all of the time. I grew up watching the best of the best.
    -- Solange Knowles

    #Letting Go #Perfect #Best Of The Best

  • I've also learned to only write songs and melodies that really work for my voice and that I won't have issues doing live. Because you can get really, really comfortable in the comping process: out of five takes, maybe one of those high notes that you struggled to do, nailed it, and then live you're having that challenge of really having to recreate that.
    -- Solange Knowles

    #Song #Writing #Voice

  • So over time, playing shows - after every show we would have pow-wow, I would have notes and we'd go over and we'd really restructure and re-do and now I feel really, really good about the show. But it's taken time.
    -- Solange Knowles

    #Taken #Wow #Notes

  • I'm a fan of hip-hop and I love it, I by no means am an expert on it.
    -- Solange Knowles

    #Mean #Hip Hop #Hips

  • I think the thing about what I want to achieve for the label is it to really be a home for artists who are already developed, who already have a great sense of their artistry or their imaging, who don't really feel or want that marketing push.
    -- Solange Knowles

    #Home #Thinking #Artist

  • I really don't listen to anyone that I'm not proud of saying that I listen to. Even if it's something a little bit more unexpected, I didn't get too deep into the Waka, Gucci records, but I like those with pride.
    -- Solange Knowles

    #Pride #Records #Proud

  • I don't really have guilty pleasures. Anything musically that I fully, fully believe, is good no matter who the artist is, no matter what the marketing is behind it, I stand pretty firm.
    -- Solange Knowles

    #Believe #Artist #Marketing

  • As an artist, everybody has the opportunity to celebrate and speak their truth.
    -- Solange Knowles

    #Opportunity #Artist #Speak

  • I think there's just certain lyrics and certain forms of hip-hop that definitely rang true, again, to a lot of people's truth, but you don't necessarily want to hear someone using that as a just kind of a in-the-moment, fun, careless expression.
    -- Solange Knowles

    #Fun #Thinking #Expression

  • I think every generation has that movement of hip-hop that you know you're playing it and you definitely have that moment of like, "Why am I saying this so enthusiastically? Why am I so stoked and psyched to say these lyrics?"
    -- Solange Knowles

    #Thinking #Hip Hop #Movement

  • I honestly try to have the approach that this is real life, this is the real world that we live in, and I don't really try to shelter [my son] from a lot of things that he's gonna see when he looks out of the window.
    -- Solange Knowles

    #Real #Son #Trying

  • He [ the son]'s grown up listening to all types of music, and the natural form of rebellion is to find the one genre that maybe he hasn't listened to and to make that his thing.
    -- Solange Knowles

    #Son #Listening #Rebellion

  • I talk very slow. I move very slow. I definitely have that Southern drawl and although I never necessarily participated in the activities that go along with screw.I definitely was a huge fan of screw.Because melodically, I don't ever really sing very staccato or very fast. It's really about a groove; it's really about a vibe.
    -- Solange Knowles

    #Moving #Southern #Fans

  • I love when rappers have a off-beat, very abstract timing, and he certainly did.And any rapper who really approaches rapping with the art form of songwriting melodically - I know a bunch of rappers who actually go in before they write the lyrics and come up with the melody. And you can hear and feel that difference so much when that's the case.
    -- Solange Knowles

    #Art #Rap #Writing

  • I actually was a ballet dancer - I studied ballet from three until 13 - but like very seriously, that's what I wanted to do. I wanted to be a contemporary ballet dancer. I wanted to go to Juilliard.
    -- Solange Knowles

    #Dancer #Ballet #Juilliard

  • It is always an honor to work with those that share your passion for music and just enjoy making great music.
    -- Solange Knowles

    #Inspiring #Passion #Honor

  • I have been writing songs since I was 9 years old, so writing has and always will be my first love and passion.
    -- Solange Knowles

    #Song #Passion #Writing

  • The Hadley Street Dream is a tribute to making a vision come to life. My father built a compound on a dessert city block, he saw something in that space we couldn't see. It was years later the album was born right there on Hadley St. He built the studio I started recording the album at.
    -- Solange Knowles

    #Dream #Block #Father

  • When you're younger, you get shoved a lot. You don't really have a say-so.
    -- Solange Knowles

  • We are getting an education of a lifetime. We're actually out there in the real world.
    -- Solange Knowles

    #Real #World #Lifetime

  • I actually love my natural hair when it's in a twist out and it's been slept on for five days and revived by the steam of the shower.
    -- Solange Knowles

    #Hair #Twists #Natural

  • Any decision I make is based on myself, and the only person I have to give an explanation to is God.
    -- Solange Knowles

    #Giving #Decision #Explanation

  • I have to learn how to say no a lot. Life is too short for anything else.
    -- Solange Knowles

    #Life Is Too Short #Life Is #Too Short

  • What's important is that my family and I are all good,
    -- Solange Knowles

    #Important #My Family

  • You're just so excited that you have this record deal or this movie opportunity that you don't stand up for yourself and say, This is what I want to do.
    -- Solange Knowles

    #Opportunity #Want #Records

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