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The Smooth Late Show with Martin Collins 10pm - 1am
We've compiled ten of our favourite artists and what their thoughts are on making the music you love.
"I hope to refine music, study it, try to find some area that I can unlock. I don't quite know how to explain it but it's there. These can't be the only notes in the world, there's got to be other notes some place, in some dimension, between the cracks on the piano keys."
"Music is everybody's possession. It's only publishers who think that people own it."
"Music does a lot of things for a lot of people. It's transporting, for sure. It can take you right back, years back, to the very moment certain things happened in your life. It's uplifting, it's encouraging, it's strengthening."
"What I like my music to do to me is awaken the ghosts inside of me. Not the demons, you understand, but the ghosts."
"I make music to be a musician not to be on the cover of Playboy."
"Music has healing power. It has the ability to take people out of themselves for a few hours."
"The music for me is paradise. I think it's where God lives."
"One of my biggest thrills for me still is sitting down with a guitar or a piano and just out of nowhere trying to make a song happen."
"So much of my career has been about saying things the way people say them, using melodies not that I can sing but that the people can sing."
"I connect emotionally to these songs. I mean what I say when I say it, and that allows your audience to connect. That's the number-one reason why any music is successful, because you make people feel something."