Alex Kapranos

Alex Kapranos


Author Profession: Scottish Musician
Born: March 20, 1972
Age: 44 years old
Birth Sign: Pisces


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Of course, there's a certain type of person who feels that anything which becomes mainstream has to be rejected immediately. And that's part of the indie-alternative snobbery and hierarchy and elitism.

Arty. To me the word's got as much venom associated with it as 'wacky'.

I think in the world of indie music there's this sort of false modesty.

There's a difference between expectations and aspirations.

Boho to me is a first-year student who's just discovered the tie-dye shop.

The best songwriting comes from being as creative as you can and editing it down to the good bits, essentially.

Boredom or being sick of what you've done before is a big part of being in a band.

It's easy to be lazy when there's food lying around backstage or there's a fast-food joint a couple blocks away. But if you walk a little further, ask around a bit, of course there are exciting things to discover.

I want to make music that will make the blood surge in your veins, music that will get people up and dance.

It doesn't matter how adventurous you want to be, you've still got to contain your identity.

I really want it to have an impact on the world. I want to be in a town on the other side of the world, and somebody walks up and says, 'That music you made in Glasgow, I listened to it every day, and it moved me.'

Just because you can leap off a drum kit doing a scissors kick while hitting a chord, people expect you to be an extrovert socially. But I'm not always comfortable with the idea of small talk at a party.

Ambition is sneered at by some bands. It seems like a pretty good thing to me.

Being in a band didn't buy me my beans on toast!

Men behave very oddly in the company of attractive women.

No matter what you do, if you're trying to create something new, your environment has a massive impact on you.

Surely every band wants to be a pivotal point in history.

Why play a chord when you can play one note?

Although they might not admit it, I think girls are very aware of the impact that they're having. But they never feel it themselves, and it's impossible to explain. It's like trying to tell a blind person what yellow is.

Cinema, which is influenced by every single part of life, is direct and reaches you immediately. And writing - the best writing is complex ideas communicated concisely. And music - if it's a good tune, make sure people can bloody hear it.

The success of our operas rests most of the time in the hands of the conductor. This person is as necessary as a tenor or a prima donna. Giuseppe Verdi

My definition of a friend is somebody who adores you even though they know the things you're most ashamed of. Jodie Foster

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