David Byrne considers that musical creation saved his life: “I feel less alone”


David Byrne has credited the music for helping him overcome his fears while feeling a little less alone.

Byrne recently opened up about his decades of making music in a new interview with Zane Lowe on Apple Music 1. The singer graced the podcast after the success of his film-concert “American Utopia”.

Elsewhere in the conversation, Byrne talked about how music has helped him feel less alone. According to the 69-year-old musician, many artists like him did indeed feel like an underdog when they were younger. Byrne explained that in the midst of all the doubts, he had to help himself and find what could help him feel happier.

“Music and playing with other musicians helps with that. The stage and maybe the recording studio, or just writing at home, those were safe areas. I felt like I could do anything, say anything, write things, perform, do all that stuff. I was allowed to do that there,” he said.

Byrne also told Lowe that making music, for him, is very liberating. Although he is already quite friendly, he noted that it took him decades before he was able to fully adapt to the challenges he faced.

David Byrne less alone with a new song

Following the success of his music and other projects, he recently collaborated with Australian pop artist Montaigne to work on the new song “Always Be You”.

As reported by ForkMontaigne expressed his gratitude for having the chance to work with Byrne.

“After my current show was safely set up, I listened to his new and old songs and quickly replied, yes! How could I not know this person? imagine could sometimes be labeled ‘quirky’ – as I often am,” she says.

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In other related news, Byrne spoke about the negative effect of cultural advancement on music, saying it would surely hamper the creativity of musicians for years to come. The former Talking Heads executive said most people would still choose to listen to music for free rather than subscribe to paid platforms.

Unfortunately, this has forced musicians to rely on digital music streaming as the pandemic canceled live broadcasts.

Ultimately, he noted that most people still say music saved their life. But Byrne reminded everyone to do something to keep this lifeline available for young consumers and future generations.

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