32Cliff Martinez Quotes

American Musician born on February 05, 1954,

Cliff Martinez is an American film score composer and former drummer known for his work with the Red Hot Chili Peppers and Captain Beefheart. Martinez's film scores include sex, lies and videotape, Drive,Only God Forgives,Contagion, Solaris and Traffic... (source)

I want to be known for having a recognizable style. I believe having your own personal identity is what makes you competitive. On the other hand, I would like to be versatile and be challenged to go in new directions. view quote

I guess what I've learned is that there are no boundaries when it comes to imagination. It's limitless. view quote

The more I come to understand music, the more I feel like a numbskull because there is always more to learn. The more I do it, the more I'm humbled. I'm just always trying to get better at it. I pick up a few tricks along the way. view quote

I guess I'd like to have my cake and eat it, too. I want to be known for having a recognizable style. I believe having your own personal identity is what makes you competitive. On the other hand, I would like to be versatile and be challenged to go in new directions. view quote

I think music will be created algorhythmically, all the things that we do will be boiled down to a little computer program. view quote

Pop music is a fashion, and fashions come and go. The public retires you as their tastes change. view quote

I live in Topanga Canyon, which is like a faux-rustic enclave in Los Angeles. I love the sounds of all the critters outside - the frogs, owls, crickets, and birds. Some of the birds around here are pretty accomplished musicians. You can learn a lot from them. view quote

I know so few people who actually give music their undivided attention, so I've been trying to just park myself on the couch between the speakers and listen. view quote

I don't want to be typecast as the 'ambient guy' or someone who only does electronic scores. I think most of the work that comes my way is because people feel they know me musically. view quote

Composing demands a degree of isolation. view quote

I actually don't see that strong of a connection between my background as a rock 'n roller and my early films. In a way I think your musical identity in film work is determined by the jobs that come your way. view quote

I'm free to make music - I'm sitting on about 40 or 45 new songs that I can't wait to put out. view quote

For me, the work begins with a rough cut of the film. I can't do much with the script. I've tried to write music to a script prior to seeing the film, but I've found it turns out to be a waste of time. view quote

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