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I firmly disbelieve that one has to be a tortured soul to write good music. P J Harvey
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I tried to use words that were dealing with the emotional quality that any human being could recognize in the way that they felt about their country. It's to do with the world we live in. That world is a brutal one and full of war. It's also full of many wonderful things and love and hope. P J Harvey
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I'm probably much more influenced by film-makers and painters than I am by other songwriters or poets. P J Harvey
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I didn't know folk music growing up, no. It's something I've come to study, really, because I think there's so much to learn from traditional music in the sense of the way music began as a way of communication, the traveling storyteller, the bard, the minstrels. P J Harvey
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Making me into a role model is placing too much importance on what I see as a work in progress. P J Harvey
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I work on words, mostly, toward them being poetry or short stories, and then some of those become songs. They all find their place in the world, but they all start off in the same place. I'm always painting and drawing as well, and it's an ongoing creative assignment. P J Harvey
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There is nothing more boring than doing singing exercises. P J Harvey
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Well, I don't really concern myself too much with what other people make of my work. P J Harvey
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As I grew older, I actually was prepared to go into fine arts school and do a degree. That was what I was actually settled upon when I was offered a record deal. P J Harvey
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I decide immediately if I like a person and if I do, then I'm myself, and if I don't, then I give nothing. P J Harvey
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I'm a Libra. That means that I can make a decision, but only after much thought. P J Harvey
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I think I'm a songwriter. I grab an instrument to make my body a song, but I'm not a player as such, maybe a little more on guitar, but certainly not piano. P J Harvey
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In order to make my solo shows as interesting as possible, I moved songs onto very different instruments so that I was moving instruments quite a lot during the set. P J Harvey
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There's so much you can do with laying words on a bed of music. You can completely change their meaning with the type of music or the way they're sung. P J Harvey
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People have a tendency to see country life through rose-colored glasses. P J Harvey
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I don't think that much anymore in terms of 'write a record, record a record, tour a record,' because in my own mind, things have changed, in that I'm just an ongoing artist. I'm not quite sure what the next project needs to be until it presents himself, and then I know. I just follow dutifully while I'm being led. P J Harvey
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I'm not an autobiographical writer, but I am a writer who deals with human emotion on all levels. P J Harvey
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I literally left school and went straight into music via art college for a year, and I've been so involved in my job of writing songs that the more actively involved part became channeled into standing on the stage and saying things that way. P J Harvey
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I was a visual artist primarily and a writer, even from a very young age. I wrote a lot of stories and poetry and... I had a desire to create always. And I always had a desire to show my work. P J Harvey
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It's so much in me to want to keep experimenting all the time. It's just inherent. Therefore I keep reaching for instruments I don't particularly know how to play, and then I become excited. That gives me energy to want to make new things, and it forces me to hear things in new ways, which then can only help to say things in a new way. P J Harvey
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My mother and father are very involved with music. It's completely part of their soul. P J Harvey
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I think that's always very valuable: to keep the mind open to receiving all sorts of information, which can then be used in my work, but also just as a human being. P J Harvey
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I don't loathe interviews, I'm just one of those people who makes music because I find it difficult to talk. P J Harvey
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I work on words quite separately to music. They're both ongoing, and I don't ever feel like I'm working in a cycle in that respect, because it's every day anyway, no matter what I'm doing. Then I get to a point when I've collected together enough words that seem like they want to be songs rather than poems, or sometimes not. P J Harvey
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I'm not a writer where I feel particularly blessed by great inspiration every day. I don't. I have to work really hard at it to try and say the things I'm concerned with. P J Harvey
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I'm a very private person, so obviously I don't enjoy talking about more personal matters. P J Harvey
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I come from an art-school background, and I still feel that in my music, it's about exploration and challenging myself, about putting myself in a place that's frightening because I haven't been there before. P J Harvey
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I've always felt that I'm affected by the world, by the way we treat each other, by the way different countries treat each other. P J Harvey
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I did photography, painting, and drawing, but I prefer sculpture. I like it because it's very physical. P J Harvey
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With songs I almost see the images, see the action, and then all I have to do is describe it. It's almost like watching a scene from a film, and that's what I go about trying to catch in a song. P J Harvey
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I've always been very visceral in that I feel things very deeply. P J Harvey
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I was a visual artist primarily and a writer, even from a very young age. P J Harvey
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There's also a level of discipline I use as a writer, designed to get better at what I'm doing, that requires quite a lot of study and quite a lot of hard work as well. P J Harvey
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People like Howlin' Wolf, Bob Dylan, The Rolling Stones, John Lee Hooker, Nina Simone, Captain Beefheart - all of these artists were what I grew up listening to every day of my life. And there's a very healthy music scene in the west country of England, where I grew up. P J Harvey
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In order to make my solo shows as interesting as possible, I moved songs onto very different instruments so that I was moving instruments quite a lot during the set. I didn't want the set to be boring. So I'd moved some older songs onto the autoharp, and they worked really well. P J Harvey
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It's so much in me to want to keep experimenting all the time. It's just inherent. Therefore I keep reaching for instruments I don't particularly know how to play, and then I become excited. P J Harvey
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My mother and father are very involved with music. It's completely part of their soul. They have an incredible record collection, all vinyl, of some of the best artists, in my eyes, that you can come across. P J Harvey
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I'd want to read the stories that I'd written, I'd want to show the drawings that I made. That was just purely natural. So I knew I wanted to go into the arts in some way and that I'd want to show that work in some way. P J Harvey
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My father is actually a quarry man - he deals in stone. He also at one point had a lot of sheep, he owned a sheep farm, but primarily the family business was in stone. P J Harvey
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Maybe I'm just purely lucky. If I've come up against obstacles I've always found another way around it. P J Harvey
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My mom is a sculptress. P J Harvey
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