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Taylor Hawkins

American,  Musician
Total Quotes : 26
Perfect Machine Like

I don't have perfect pitch. My drums sound like a drummer, not a drum machine.

- Taylor Hawkins

Job Enough Main

In the Foo Fighters, my main job is to be the drummer, and that's enough.

- Taylor Hawkins

Next Dave Collins

I'm not trying to be the next Dave Grohl or Phil Collins.

- Taylor Hawkins

Like Within Guitar Solos

I don't like guitar solos that are like, 'Look at me, look at me!' I like guitar solos that are little songs within the songs.

- Taylor Hawkins

Rock Music Roll Main

America is tough for rock music. Rock n' roll used to be the main music for the youth, and it's not so much anymore. It's hip-hop and stuff.

- Taylor Hawkins

Hands Studio Auto

In the studio you can auto tune vocals, and with drums, you can put them on a grid and make them perfect. I hate that sound. When someone hands me a record and the drums are perfectly gridded and the vocals are perfectly auto tuned, I throw it out the window. I have no interest in rock music being like that.

- Taylor Hawkins

Think Pepper Albums

I think that debut albums are supposed to sound sort of raw. You don't want to record 'Sgt. Pepper's' as your first album, because where do you go from there?

- Taylor Hawkins

Records Part Musical

'Boy,' 'October,' 'War,' 'The Unforgettable Fire' and 'The Joshua Tree,' those records, they're part of my musical DNA and structure.

- Taylor Hawkins

Lucky Career Been

I've been lucky enough to have fulfilled so many ambitions, and gone way past anything I ever thought I would do. I could never have imagined the career that I've had with the Foo Fighters - playing stadiums and having songs on the radio. It's amazing, and my goal is really just to carry on playing.

- Taylor Hawkins

Back Hindsight Tell

In hindsight, if I could go back in time and relay a message to my younger self, I would tell him to work on his time keeping, and that the job of a drummer is not to be the one that gets noticed the most on stage, or to be the fastest, or the loudest. Above all, it is to be the timekeeper.

- Taylor Hawkins

Getting Used Chevy

I don't take breaks, man. In the past, I used to spend my free time getting in trouble, and now I spend it working on my music. If I'm not playing drums with my cover band, Chevy Metal, I'm working on songs for myself.

- Taylor Hawkins

Thought Dress Used

I used to dress like Roger Taylor when I was ten because I thought he was cool. In high school, I used to dress like Stephen Perkins from Jane's Addiction because I thought he was cool. You just want to be those guys when you're that age.

- Taylor Hawkins

Set Fastest Drum Set

When I was a kid, of course I wanted to be the fastest, the loudest and the one with the biggest drum set, but obviously my aspirations have changed a bit since then.

- Taylor Hawkins

Lucky Career Still

I've worked hard, but this business can be tough, and I just consider myself incredibly lucky to have had the career that I have, and to still be having so much fun playing drums and making music.

- Taylor Hawkins

Funny Life Trouble

Life is funny. If you don't laugh, you're in trouble.

- Taylor Hawkins

Always More Maybe

The drummer is stereotypically the dumb guy. Maybe that's why I always respect drummers who do more than drum.

- Taylor Hawkins

Work More Go

Why go on vacation when work is so much more fun.

- Taylor Hawkins

Rock And Roll Singer Okay

I know I'm not Freddie Mercury or Ann Wilson, and that's okay. You don't have to be a great singer to sing rock and roll. That's not what it's about.

- Taylor Hawkins

Best Musicianship Hawkins

The one thing I do know is that I'm the best Taylor Hawkins drummer there is, and that is all I can hope to be. And when it comes to music, musicianship and skill, there is no such thing as better or worse because so much is personal opinion, and I can see that now.

- Taylor Hawkins

Thought Sophistication

I always thought if I had a band it would have the energy and feel of early Police, since that's where my roots are, and then the harmonies of the Eagles, and the technique of King Crimson or something like that. Fast, up-tempo, beat-the-hell-out-of-the-drums, because that's my style. Energy, but sophistication, rhythmically and melodically.

- Taylor Hawkins