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    I started a recording studio. I started producing people and doing remixes.
    — James Iha
    tags: people 
     
    After 12 intense years of rock music, I was happy to get away from making a record and going out on a tour. When I did it, I wanted to feel inspired. After a while I finally had my fill working on other people's music, and I started coming up with music on my own and said, 'This could be for me.
    — James Iha
    tags: music  year 
     
    At some point, I had to make a decision: I could practice more and become a really great guitar player or I could work on writing better songs. There are only so many hours in the day, and I found writing songs more fulfilling than working on becoming this virtuoso guitar player.
    — James Iha
    tags: work  song  writing 
     
    I play and I've played in heavy bands, but when I write for myself, I don't particularly feel like writing huge rock riffs. It just doesn't work for me and my voice.
    — James Iha
    tags: work  writing  write 
     
    I think if you're able to make the music you want and you can do it in the right kind of context, you don't have to be a circus ringleader to be successful.
    — James Iha
    tags: right  successful  music 
     
    All of the music works on its own, but it doesn't really make as much sense without the picture.
    — James Iha
    tags: work  music 
     
    But, yeah, as far as Asian Americans go, I hope they know they can look at me and see that they can do music on their own, within a band or just on their own, and not feel like there's any barriers. I've never felt any particular barriers myself, being who I am.
    — James Iha
    tags: music  hope  american 
     
    And they kind of left to find a guitar player at the very end, so you know, I don't really take it as any slight that I wasn't able to play on the record. It's flattering just to play with them period.
    — James Iha
    Even from a listening end now, I'm still completely a fan of music.
    — James Iha
    tags: listening  music 
     
    Composing is just another exciting thing. It's as exciting as being in a band. It's kind of like joining a new band for three months.
    — James Iha
    I love a lot of the New York bands, but Patti Smith stands out. I just read 'Just Kids' and it's an inspirational, well-written account of an emerging New York artist in the late seventies.
    — James Iha
    tags: read  artist  kids 
     
    It's much easier to work on other people's music and play in other people's bands as a guitar player instead of being the main songwriter and singer. That's a really big job to do that.
    — James Iha
    tags: work  job  music 
     
    I grew up in the suburbs of Chicago.
    — James Iha
    I'm happy doing different things. Being in a band is great, but being in a band can be difficult sometimes.
    — James Iha
    I live most of the time in New York now. I have an apartment there.
    — James Iha
    tags: time  live 
     
    I mean I like pop music, and I like heavy music and, stuff that I like... the band I've signed on to our label right now; they're called The Sounds. They're kind of like a new-wave pop band.
    — James Iha
    tags: right  music 
     
    If you put all the songs together that I've written on band records, and put it up next to my solo record, there's definitely a different kind of feel than Billy's songs.
    — James Iha
    tags: song 
     
    I'd like to keep doing film and TV, and I definitely can appreciate a good theme song. If it's memorable, that's a great thing.
    — James Iha
    tags: song  film  appreciate 
     
    It's hard enough to make a good song and a good recording of that song. But to try to tailor it to some outside force is just like - It's never been a factor in what I've done or what the band's done.
    — James Iha
    tags: song 
     
    Musicians always come off sounding a little bit pretentious, and a little bit... I don't know, hypocritical, from what they do, talking about strong issues.
    — James Iha
    tags: strong 
     
    No, I've heard over the years that it's nice for them to see somebody who's like, you know, a well-known successful musician who's Asian. I've heard it from a few musicians, too.
    — James Iha
    tags: successful  year 
     
    The music industry is not what it used to be. Being in a good band is great, and I've been lucky to be in great bands. I've done solo stuff, and that's been great. I also produce rock bands and I do co-writes, where I write with different singers in bands and songwriters.
    — James Iha
    tags: music  write 
     
    My first job in NYC was playing a gig in the early nineties at CBGBs.
    — James Iha
    tags: job 
     
    I suppose listening to a double album is kind of like going to the chiropractor... It's pretty good for you but you can't force it on anyone else.
    — James Iha
    tags: listening 
     
    There is a lot of work just in terms of traveling and logistics and people and gear and all that kind of stuff. But I never really have problems playing music. That never seems like work.
    — James Iha
    tags: people  work  problem  music 
     
    Well, I'm pretty domestic actually. I walk my dog. I go grocery shopping. I hang out with friends. I'm pretty normal, whatever normal is, on my off time.
    — James Iha
    tags: time  friends  dog 
     
    The band set up in January and just started rehearsing. If there was a song, we'd just rehearse it as a band, and it would get arranged as a band, and it got changed around a lot.
    — James Iha
    tags: song 
     
    So there was something of a learning curve with doing your own thing and people seeing you outside of the band. I mean, people have never really heard my voice before - or heard a whole record of mine before. So it was a completely new experience.
    — James Iha
    It's great working with directors and with somebody else's vision.
    — James Iha
    tags: vision 
     
    Yeah, I'm sure there are stereotypes of Asian people.
    — James Iha
    tags: people 
     
    We have a partnership deal with New Line Records, which is part of New Line Cinema, and... I worked on that.
    — James Iha
    Well, I always hope that I'm a role model.
    — James Iha
    tags: hope 
     
    All the bands I've played with have had dynamic front men.
    — James Iha
    tags: men 
     
    I like a lot of different kinds of music. I like strong projects, big music.
    — James Iha
    tags: strong  music 
     
    I like the challenges of doing different things. It keeps things fresh for me.
    — James Iha
    tags: challenge 
     
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