Agnes Obel Quotes

 

The best thing about Berlin was that I got to be surrounded by people who pursue their ideas for themselves.

— Agnes Obel

I really believe it’s not bad to look back within music. I don’t mean retro, but using your own memories to make a song because our memories are what make us who we are.

— Agnes Obel

Feelings such as loneliness, longing or love are sometimes hard to put into words; maybe that’s why we all love music, because it resonates with something we can’t share.

— Agnes Obel

I love Denmark. But it is a very safe place, and it is easy to let the state look after everything for you.

— Agnes Obel

When I started working on my own music, I didn’t have the chance to record in a big music studio, so I had to record everything myself.

— Agnes Obel

Sometimes I feel like a melody doesn’t have anything to do with me, but it’s just something that comes, is accumulated from me playing on the piano, and then this little creature just appears.

— Agnes Obel

I don’t have the feeling of being motivated by anger, revenge or frustration.

— Agnes Obel

The piano and the singing are two equal things to me – maybe not inseparable but very connected. You can say they are like two equal voices.

— Agnes Obel

I’m very happy that I got introduced to music only as something you got pleasure from.

— Agnes Obel

Even though music is something I travel around doing, it is also a very private thing. A sort of escapism.

— Agnes Obel

I learned that music should be fun and should be a way to express yourself – that there aren’t really any rules.

— Agnes Obel

I love the conversation between film and music.

— Agnes Obel

I’ve heard from other artists that people are a little bit more reserved in Northern Europe, which comes across at concerts, where the audience may be quieter. So this means less hecklers, but maybe it also means that people may not be as open about how they felt. I’m not so sure this is especially true of Denmark, but it’s what I’ve heard.

— Agnes Obel

The orchestral or symphonic music never interested me.

— Agnes Obel

My parents were very relaxed about music.

— Agnes Obel

I wish my parents had been more strict and made me learn more instruments.

— Agnes Obel

I don’t have a classical-music mentality. I haven’t been taught that way, and it doesn’t fit my character, either.

— Agnes Obel

I used to get very nervous before a concert. It’s okay when you are in a band. You can kind of disappear. But when it’s just you… yes, that was difficult. I would not say it is easy now. But when you do it for a long time, you do learn to cope.

— Agnes Obel

What I discovered in Berlin was this immense freedom because it felt like you could start any kind of project and nobody would care… and that’s what I sort of adopted to my own.

— Agnes Obel

With ‘Philharmonics,’ I had to do a lot of interviews, and it was like I was corrupting something. In many ways, I’ve said everything in the song. And either I can’t go back to what it was because it’s changing when I play it, or I still haven’t figured out what the song is about.

— Agnes Obel

It’s always difficult to know if a song needs more than piano, and I worry about my tendency to go in a sparse direction.

— Agnes Obel

When I was in bands, I always liked the demo best.

— Agnes Obel

Everything that has a spare piano is ‘like Satie’ and everything with strings is ‘filmic,’ Sometimes I get annoyed when they say my stuff sounds ‘like Satie’. No, it doesn’t. At least, I don’t think so.

— Agnes Obel

I don’t have a daily routine at all.

— Agnes Obel

I’m not into having a pedigree dog.

— Agnes Obel

I have a difficult relationship with jazz. My parents really love it, and I went to a school where jazz was considered the best thing ever, so I had to leave it be for a long time. But now I’m rediscovering it. I’m approaching jazz in a different way.

— Agnes Obel

My mum is a big collector of art.

— Agnes Obel

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