Bryan Ferry

  • English musician
  • Born September 26, 1945

Bryan Ferry CBE (born 26 September 1945) is an English singer and songwriter. His voice has been described as an "elegant, seductive croon". He also established a distinctive image and sartorial style; according to The Independent, Ferry and his contemporary David Bowie influenced a generation with both their music and their appearances. Peter York described Ferry as "an art object" who "should hang in the Tate".Ferry came to prominence as the lead singer and main songwriter with the glam art rock band Roxy Music, achieving three no.

Women! I have no idea. I don't know anything about women at all. They're a complete mystery to me.

Secretly, I wanted to look like Jimi Hendrix, but I could never quite pull it off.

But when I started writing songs, I stopped painting completely, and the only art things I do are connected to the career, like album sleeves and, to some extent, posters and things like that.

I can never predict what's going to happen.

The quality of the writing, really. Simple as that. Beautiful words. It's very nice as a singer to do great songs, which have wonderful lyrics and strong feelings underneath the song.

I met John Lennon and he was with his wife in Tokyo. I met him there.

I didn't really want to give up music.

I like the name Atomic Kitten. It's so great.

I've had quite a few moments I've liked, so it's good enough.

And Mary J. Blige, she's got all these fur coats and hats and stuff. She's good; I like her.

It's nice to know that there are several different avenues I could pursue.

But I don't write so much now, because they're too painful.

I suppose young people think football is glamorous - soccer - it's big money and the stars of it, they look good and have a great big house and a huge Ferrari.

I like L.A., but I shouldn't live there.

I like the fact that music is more abstract.

I don't think I've ever played the Olympia before, but I'm not totally sure.

I'm not really sure what it was, the best moment. You always hope it's to come.

All those rappers, they're the only glamorous people working in music now. They dress up in these chains of gold, cars, girls and this and that, high-heeled shoes.

You can never get silence anywhere nowadays, have you noticed?

But when you get music and words together, that can be a very powerful thing.

Words can be very powerful. I find them very difficult.

Oh yes, much, because music is just something that comes to you. You don't question it.

But I was feeling quite down at the time. I was living in L.A., which was kind of weird for me.

I had beautiful bikes and I was really into it. I just thought it was really glamorous.

I mean, there are so many of his songs that I like that I could easily do that one day.

But I do like to have peace and quiet for a good hour.

In New York, you couldn't wish for a nicer audience, or in L.A., Chicago, Boston. But when you get into secondary markets, they don't have a clue.

When I stopped touring in the early '80s for a few years, it was a mistake looking back. I lost touch with my audience in a way and I think that was a bad career move.

It's not a very high failure rate if you choose people that you really like the sound of.

I'd love to follow the Tour de France one day. It's a really exciting spectacle. I've only seen it once as it was coming into Paris and that was very exciting for me. I have memories of that.

Performing was terrifying.

It's fabulous when you do that, when you discover somebody who you like, when you kind of feel those feelings, even though he articulates them better.

I don't do interviews at all when I'm on tour, so this time, on a day off, I'll do that kind of thing a little bit. I don't do big promotion schedules, not when I'm touring.