As somebody who’s lucky to talk to numerous artists I can safely say the 2 most influential artists of this century are David Bowie and Prince. And it is not likely shut after these two.
Discuss to 100 artists about who evokes them and the shared potential evolve and accomplish that with out compromising is what makes Bowie and Prince icons to an unbelievably big range of artists.
At this time, January 8, would have been David Bowie’s seventy-fifth birthday. In honor of one of many biggest rock stars, and most beloved and revered artists of all time by his friends, here’s what a number of the greatest stars in music right this moment — from Trent Reznor and Gerard Option to Miguel and Diplo — have stated to me in regards to the late nice rock legend over time.
The factor you acknowledge going by means of these quotes is how extremely prolific and profound Bowie’s creative output and integrity. In case you solely knew him from both his lengthy checklist of musical classics — “Younger Individuals,” “Fame,” “Life On Mars,” “Ziggy Stardust,” “Insurgent Insurgent,” “Let’s Dance” and on and on — or as an actor — Labyrinth, Absolute Newcomers, The Starvation, The Status, Twin Peaks, Hearth Stroll With Me — he would nonetheless be iconic.
However as Incubus frontman Brandon Boyd factors out, once you have a look at all of it collectively, it’s virtually overwhelming. Bowie was an awesome showman, entertainer, rock star, actor, however most of all, artist. And that’s the reason as he would have turned 75 right this moment, so many artists look as much as him because the artist’s artist.
Dave Gahan, Depeche Mode
“I grew up listening to Bowie, so he’s in all probability the one artist that I’ve frequently listened to from once I was 12 years previous, by the point I used to be 16 and out of the blue he was making me not really feel like an odd particular person. I associated a lot to every little thing that he was, musically and his id, too.”
“I bought closely into Bowie, with Scary Monsters. I used to be in highschool and it was simply sort of a bizarre album that felt sort of impenetrable. Then I went backwards and began studying about, stepping into the majority of sort of traditional Bowie. Then went additional again into sort of folksy singer/songwriter file, Hunky Dory.
” The factor that made Bowie so particular is clearly his superb songs, but in addition his visible presentation was like nothing else on the time. And he positively carved out his personal lane that approach. So each time I take a danger both sonically or visually I positively consider artists like Bowie, who paved the way in which for that sort of expression.”
“I met Bowie a few instances and on each events was very impressed along with his intelligence and the vitality that poured out of that man was superb. I personally really feel he bordered on the sting of genius many instances. And one of the vital brave musicians I’ve ever identified about. I like Neil [Young] for his potential to vary musically, however to vary musically and bodily, the way in which you costume, the way in which you look, was sensible on Bowie’s half.”
Dan Reynolds, Think about Dragons
“Bowie stands for me as individuality and somebody who taught me to embrace the quirks of myself and to embrace folks. Bowie represents, to me, an individual who simply symbolized accepting your id and accepting everybody’s else id for whoever they’re and no matter they select to determine as.”
Gerard Manner, My Chemical Romance
“In all probability Bowie, he’s my greatest affect.”
Brandon Boyd, Incubus
“He’s been a little bit of a hero of mine since I used to be launched to him as a child, amongst different folks. And the older I get, it’s humorous how like music works and visible artwork for that matter too, in case you hold paying consideration the extra profound this stuff turn out to be. Bowie’s profession was so lengthy, however so f**king dense. There was a lot materials that got here out of that dude. He did 20 one thing motion pictures.
” David Bowie might be my favourite artist that did that. He all the time was one step forward of everyone else doing one thing innovative. I liked his challenge with Trent Reznor. I liked every little thing he did his complete profession. From funk to glam he was all the time only one step forward.”
“[David] Bowie killed it. His evolution was on his personal phrases, he established that actually early on, maintained that up till Blackstar, during.”
Curt Smith, Tears For Fears
“For me, musically, heroes I’ve met that have been heroes of mine once I was youthful that I’ve discovered to be fully regular and extremely candy have been Paul McCartney, David Bowie, Elton John, they have been self-deprecating and form of regular, which was very nice to see.”
“I like David Bowie.”
Joe Elliott, Def Leppard
“I bought into David Bowie throughout Ziggy Stardust after which backtracked to Hunky Dory, which I like, however I nonetheless can’t get previous the truth that I found Hunky Dory due to Ziggy Stardust. I found Man Who Offered The World due to Ziggy Stardust, then I purchased Aladdin Sane, which I liked to dying, however I solely purchased it as a result of I bought into Bowie on Ziggy Stardust. So everyone has bought their anchor to no matter artist you’re keen on.”
“If you concentrate on the final word it’s Bowie. He positively had 4 careers,”
“Bowie Ziggy Stardust is the f**king biggest pop band ever. Bowie is superb.”
“I am extremely grateful for and have been a number of the most profound moments of my life. Like as we have talked about changing into mates with and happening tour with David Bowie. Contemplating my first ever job was as a caddy on a golf course and I solely did the job lengthy sufficient to economize to purchase David Bowie data, to turn out to be mates with him and go on tour with hello, that is one thing else that in my thoughts actually might have by no means entered the realm of risk.”
“After I grew up tenting we all the time listened to David Bowie and Pink Floyd, in order that all the time takes me again to my tenting days.”
Tre Cool, Inexperienced Day
“There are data like Blackstar from David Bowie, that made me cry within the automotive.”
“Bowie was f**king cool.”