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Joan Armatrading

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One of them would definitely be the Nelson Mandela gig, when I played the tribute song for him. He was up and dancing, and he really enjoyed it. It was a really lovely occasion.

Joan Armatrading

I like Coldplay, and I think Bloc Party are great. And that single by Justin Timberlake with Snoop Dogg was fantastic.

Joan Armatrading

Yesterday I was playing Beethoven's fifth, because I love that.

Joan Armatrading

I am constantly being told that I have been a big influence for many people, including other musicians.

Joan Armatrading

I'm grown up now and I manage to appear as if I'm not shy.

Joan Armatrading

I've always written in a free, unencumbered way.

Joan Armatrading

I've written what and when I want to. It's been about expressing myself. But with the degree, I had to learn to do everything in a very specific, disciplined way. I am very disciplined, but this demanded a totally different kind of discipline. A real challenge.

Joan Armatrading

Inspiration doesn't really work like that - you're not looking out for it. Inspiration is something that tends to capture you rather than you capture it.

Joan Armatrading

So I've had lots of different bands over the years who have stayed with me for certain tours.

Joan Armatrading

I wouldn't take a notebook out if I was at a meal with friends or something - I try and keep the thing in my head.

Joan Armatrading

The band has changed a lot because I'm a solo artist and the constant for me is I've got to have changes which keep me interested.

Joan Armatrading

You don't have to be rich and famous. You just have to be an ordinary person, doing extraordinary things. I'd like more people to know that it's there. Women's achievements still aren't recognised enough in many areas.

Joan Armatrading

Writing music is just something that I was born to do.

Joan Armatrading

When I was younger I was obsessed with writing, so even if I wanted to listen, I didn't have time.

Joan Armatrading

Right from day one, you know when you've written a good song.

Joan Armatrading

I don't listen to a lot of music, and wouldn't necessarily sit down and put on the radio. If I did, I'd probably put on a bit of classical stuff.

Joan Armatrading

Yes, but the great thing about all the people - and I don't think there is any exception - who I've worked with is they've all been very, very talented musicians.

Joan Armatrading

It's still important to bring issues to people's notice. And it's not about excluding men, just bringing these high achievers to prominence.

Joan Armatrading

If I'm at home and something comes I might try to write it down, but generally out and about I wouldn't write it down, I'd just hope I'd remember it.

Joan Armatrading

My mother bought a piano, put it in the front room, and I just started writing my songs.

Joan Armatrading

This band - because this is myself on electric and acoustic guitars - we've done three tours together now and I really, really like it which is why I did the DVD as well.

Joan Armatrading

All your travelling is together, you eat together, you're on stage as a band together, when you get to the sound-check the band and the crew are all together.

Joan Armatrading

I love to go on tour and perform. I love all the parts of the process.

Joan Armatrading

So, the combination of looking at lots of different people and how they react to each other and how they relate to each other and waiting for that inspiration is the thing that allows me to keep writing.

Joan Armatrading

When you're on tour you definitely don't want lots of arguments. It's very important that everybody gets on because you're in close proximity a great deal of the time.

Joan Armatrading
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