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Liz Phair
April 17, 1967 -
Nationality: American
Category: Musician
Subcategory: American Musician

I just don't fit into the box.

   

My identity has everything to do with me and my instrument. It doesn't have to do with what production style I use, or how many people played on it, whether it's sparse or grandiose or whatever. And I'm social, frankly.

   

I'm very cerebral. I like to think things through.

   

Like, I kind of developed my musical style in a vacuum. Even though I listen to a lot of stuff, the way I wrote was in my bedroom, really privately. It's still the way I write, actually.

   

The big news already broke. The file-sharing and all that stuff, it's a done deal. And I think figuring out how to make that a fair exchange for the people that make music is still an issue.

   

I can't say I don't get nervous, but I really kind of enjoy performing now.

   

You're really creative when you're in an environment that you don't know how to handle. So collaborating was like that for me. I think that was one of the reasons why I knew I was gonna get a challenging reaction.

   

Women artists need to break barriers in order for women's experience to be valuable.

   

I probably had some impact, because everyone keeps telling me that I did. I like to feel like I'm coming out with something to try to make room for other young women to make their art.

   

That's what music is to me. Like, stuff that I really like to play loud. And I've got my quiet CDs, too, that I listen to around the house, but if you can't go there, then... Everyone gets so upset with me, I can't win.

   

I knew that collaborating on songwriting would be difficult for a lot of people, because I was known very much, for my independence and the fact that I wrote these quirky songs that were not typical structure, not typical sound - you know, really original stuff.

   

I'm competitive, so I don't like to feel marginalized by the people who sell a lot of records.

   

I don't know; it just seemed like the cooler guys are playing Xbox. At least the ones I know.

   

I mean, I think about it, but I don't design my record to get a certain public response.

   

When I use the Internet, it's pretty much strictly for music. Checking out other people's web sites, what's going on, listening to music. It's pretty much a musical thing for me.

   

It seems to me like the Internet allows you to break that structure a little bit. You know, here's your CD that's going into stores, here's your EP that you offer online, here's a subscription for songs you recorded on the road, here's your live stuff streaming.

   

Now, in music, it seems more like the popular crowd suppresses anyone who is different.

   

I think good art happens on that edge between comfortable and in a lot of pain, you know what I mean?

   

I'm really happy to be a mom, and I'm proud of the phase I'm in.

   

I mean, I kind of remember... I'm 36 now, so it's kind of hard for me to relate to what it was like when I was 25, or 24, but I do remember a period in time when that's how I defined who I was, by the music I listened to and the movies I went to.

   

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