Britt Daniel

  • American musician
  • Born April 14, 1971

John Britt Daniel (born April 14, 1971) is the co-founder, lead singer and guitarist of the American indie rock band Spoon and the co-founder, guitarist, bassist, and singer of the band Divine Fits.

I wish records got made faster and looser with less thought in them, but since touring is so much more profitable than records, you spend so much time on the road that it's hard to work on them. And the records get further and further apart.

I do go through periods of obsession with certain records.

If I write the song, I get to name it.

There was a very obnoxious phase for Axl Rose. I'm sure if I had experienced as much success as he had, I would probably be a third as obnoxious. I'd probably be obnoxious, too. But not that much.

I like sparseness. There's something about that minimalist feel that can make something have an immediate impact and make it unique. I'll probably always work with that formula; I just don't know how.

I'm usually pretty insecure.

Usually I write the songs at home and then I bring them in to the band; when we play them as a band, that's kinda how we figure out the feel of how they're going to be presented on the record or live.

The people that only listen to one song from a record and flip around that much, if that's the only way they listen to music, they're probably the kind of people that like music as something to drive to, you know?

Usually, whenever my mom would come over I would try and put on music that I thought she would like just to make her feel more at ease.

I get to focus on being a musician sometimes, and I get to focus on being a vocalist sometimes.

I'm into it, I'm into MP3's; I think there's no way you're ever going to be able to legislate people having to buy a record in order to listen to it. You have to look at it as a means of promotion, and if the music is good enough, promotion is a good thing.

I don't like when a song goes from one mood to another unless it's going to be out of sight.

I love bands that can collaborate, and I feel like the Rolling Stones wouldn't be nearly as great as they are if it wasn't for them having a real group.

I love playing bass. It's mostly what I play in Divine Fits.

The Futurists were an art movement in the early 20th century which basically glorified machines and the Industrial Revolution.

I remember learning how to play 'The Fool On The Hill' on piano when I was in maybe fifth grade.

You know when a song has a melody or some kind of element that affects you, and that is what I am trying to go for.

When we're recording, I always dress up.

There are so many songs out there in the world that - if I know we have to come up with a new cover, then I'll just sit in my room and sing song after song and figure out which one I can kind of sing the best.

I was 16 when I started playing. I borrowed a friend's acoustic guitar, and I had a Beatles chord book. I just taught myself that way.

I always thought of indie-rock as being rock music by bands that were on independent labels, and that's a great thing.

I just don't think you can make records easily and have them be great. It's a process. You've got to get really lucky all the time, or you've got to work like mad.

It doesn't matter what age you are, an effective song will move you.

I'd always listened to my parents' Bee Gees albums.