Alex Ebert, American Musician ( May 12, 1978 - )

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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.~Alex Ebert

Music People Doing

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

Great Cell Phone Live

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

Best Free Live

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.~Alex Ebert

Moment Present Feeling

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

Lost Process Found

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.~Alex Ebert

Attention Awards Kid

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.~Alex Ebert

Love Music Time

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

Music End Musicians

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.~Alex Ebert

Architecture Building Try

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.~Alex Ebert

Life Influence My Life

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.'~Alex Ebert

Life My Life Living

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.~Alex Ebert

Music Age Summer

Pro Tools was invented to quicken the recording process.~Alex Ebert

Process Tools Pro

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.~Alex Ebert

Losing Feel Dead

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

Time Me Smiling

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.~Alex Ebert

Moments Want Crown

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.~Alex Ebert

Walking People Enjoy

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.~Alex Ebert

Music Writing People

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

Great Famous Become