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Alex Ebert

  • American musician
  • Born May 12, 1978

Alexander Michael Tahquitz Ebert (born May 12, 1978) is an American singer-songwriter and composer. He is best known for being the lead singer and songwriter for the American bands Ima Robot and Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros. On January 12, 2014, Ebert won the Golden Globe Award for Best Original Score for his musical score to the film All Is Lost (2013).


There are many examples of great songs that become more famous when they are covered.




The album is a thing that you can hang out with between shows. I think that it's really nice to give people something they can enjoy in a private situation or walking around, just as the soundtrack of their lives.




At its best, a live show is completely transcendent. The image I get is breaking through glass or shooting out into the free zone.




Hip hop was definitely, far and away, the primary influence for at least 10 years of my life. From about 7 or 8 on till about 15 or 16, that's all I listened to.




From about 5 years old on, I was very contemplative and started to become constantly filled with nostalgia for the present moment and the feeling that it's always fleeting.




Popular music usually has a chorus that needs to repeat, and people need to remember the song. That's sort of the major guideline when you're writing a song.




To be lost is as legitimate a part of your process as being found.




I think Edward Sharpe's music is counter-cultural music in the strangest sense where you have a time now where love, optimism, hope and community are uncool and not part of the mainstream culture.




It's not that I want to necessarily avoid my darker moments, but I don't capitalize them and put a crown on them and tote them around as the answer anymore.




For the better part of my life, I was always trying to manufacture somehow what I would consider 'living.' Because I grew up sort of upper-middle class and I didn't relate so much to that as a life, and I wanted to really find 'living.'




In a place like the Greek Theater in L.A., to try and create a close connection with the audience seems almost antithetical to the architecture of the building.




I pay attention when the Academy Awards come around. I haven't watched them in a while, but I used to watch them religiously when I was a kid.




Heath Ledger was supposed to put our album on what would have been a new record label. I still feel a little dead after losing him.




Berlin would be a great place to have no cell phone, I think. Especially if you were able to live in a central location.




I try to give the music more of a campfire feel as opposed to a library atmosphere. I like when you can hear people hanging out in the songs and doing a little shuffling. It creates a feeling of participation.




I took a lot of long summer road trips with my dad, and the mix of music we listened to on the road skipped around from classical to Western to new age to hyper-cinematic.




I've always been around musicians and always been the songwriter who doesn't end up playing the music.




Pro Tools was invented to quicken the recording process.




It took me a long time to be alright with smiling onstage.



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