It's interesting to feel the pressure of having to be outgoing, because I think in general, as a human being, I'm pessimistic and introverted. But, it's cool, because it's a whole different side of me, and I impress myself. Even at times when I think that there's no possible way that I can be engaging, I'll suddenly pull it out and impress myself.— Nate Ruess
The most courageous Nate Ruess quotes that are free to learn and impress others
May your past be the sound of your feet upon the ground.
Running in Central Park is my favorite thing to wake up and do.
I have my own specific path that I have to run every single time. There's a little bit of OCD involved, but I love it.
I worry that if I enjoy something - like the songs on 'Some Nights' are about wondering about who you are. I'm never quite sure and I'd hate to feel sort of content and get a good sense of who I am because if I know one thing, that's not me. I don't mind not necessarily being happy about it. And that's fine.
I kind of like being depressed.
I tried to play bass in a punk band once, and it was an absolute disaster.
I can’t play anything. I don’t know what it is.
My dad dragged me to a Bruce Springsteen concert as a kid.
It was my first concert, but I fell asleep in the middle. My second concert was Weezer on the Pinkerton tour, and Pinkerton is the reason why Im doing this.
If you look at a lot of the songs I've been involved in, there's always been this retro vibe. I started getting worried that I wasn't moving forward very much, nor was I even in tune with the music today. I almost scoffed at it.
Van Morrison is probably, at this point in time, my biggest influence as a vocalist. When we were making our last album I had a vinyl copy of 'Veedon Fleece' in the vocal booth in front of me, in the dorky sense. I think there were candles around, which is really tacky, but hey, I needed to channel Van the Man!
I idolised bands like Pearl Jam and Smashing Pumpkins, who wanted to reach as many people as they could.
If you can make the song a soundtrack to what you're living at the time, I think that's the most important part of a song.
I always wanted to be a singer, but none of my friends thought I could sing.
I don't have a Twitter or a Facebook, but that doesn't mean I'm any more productive than the rest of the world.
There’s always some level of optimism in every single song.
I try and get about eight hours of sleep every single night.
And I like to think that I drink more water than anyone, ever.
Eventually, out of sheer will of never wanting to get a job or go to college, I found my way into doing music full-time.
I prefer to connect with fans from the stage.
Like, I don't have a Twitter page, or anything like that. So for me, that's what the show is about. For me - is a way to interact with fans; being up onstage and showing them, through music - which is all I really know - the best way to say thank you.
I think our particular sound has come by just not adhering to any specific sound. For us, it's about the song, and being able to fit in to what is appropriate. When we sit down, we're not talking about what type of band we're gonna be within a specific genre - there's a uniqueness to all of us individually that throws putting anything in a box out the window.
I'm not going to lie. I check the iTunes charts. It's all about the iTunes charts. I only go on the Internet for the iTunes charts and basketball blogs.
I don't play an instrument - I just write in my head, and I usually hear fully formed songs. 'We Are Young' turned out so much like it was in my head. But it also exceeded all my expectations.
If I wasn't a musician I'd probably be like a meth addict.
It takes a lot to still believe in people.
I was signed at 19 years old to a major label, and dropped by the time I was 22.
I never wanted to get a job of musician.
That was kind of my thing. I came from somewhat of a musical family. I had an uncle on Broadway. My dad kind of knows how to play instruments. Although, I always find it annoying when he does play an instrument.
That just felt like the most natural name out of all of the names.
Everything else just felt so contrived. Even now, when I try and think of band names just randomly, I'm so thankful that "fun." is the name of the band. I never really think twice about it. It is so simple and so easy.
My girlfriend is a fashion designer. She has her own company called Rachel Antonoff. She is doing a collaboration with Urban Outfitters right now, a shoe collaboration with Bass. She sells to Barneys, stuff like that.
As a songwriter I hate this whole, 'If it's a sad song, it has to sound like a sad song thing.' And that goes all the way back to my days with the Format. I'm an insane narcissist, so if I have to get something off my chest, I'll get something off my chest.
Lately I've been falling asleep listening to 'Common One' by Van Morrison, specifically the song 'Summertime in England.' It's 15 minutes long, so to make it through the entire song is a real task unto itself, but Van has that emotional payoff that makes even his most tiresome songs more powerful than most people's entire catalog.
I don't want to be known for anything other than writing songs.
Indie record stores are as important to a touring musician as an incredible thrift store. I can't overstate how good it feels to place an original pressing of 'veedon fleece' in your most underused of shirts and pack it into your suitcase, anxiously awaiting the day you get home so that you can play it as though it was your reward or trophy from the long journey you had just finished embarking on.
I think any branding for me is band-related.
It's really weird to get used to the exposure, because I am a naturally introverted person, and I'm not exactly social. Occasionally I can get comfortable enough to talk, but I spend a lot of my days not talking, especially when I'm at home and not on tour.
The Queen and Electric Light Orchestra harmonies are so distinct and fit in our songs so well sometimes, but we don't know how to do them properly.
Even now, when I try and think of band names just randomly, I'm so thankful that 'fun.' is the name of the band. I never really think twice about it. It is so simple and so easy.
We love a good, hyped sound, but when it starts to sound insincere, that's when I lose interest. I hope that our music, even if it sounds polished, doesn't sound insincere.
Lyrics are so important, I hate every second of writing them, but it's something I take great pride in when it's finished.
A lot of times when I'm writing lyrics, I just think about insecurities that I might have and turn them into a scene. Some things may be true, and some things may not.
It's as simple as finding something on the street and then writing a jingle.
If I'm driving and I have my turn signal on and it's rhythmic, maybe I just write a song to that.
But as long as you're creating the art you want to create, if people start liking you, you shouldn't have to apologize. You want your stuff to be heard by as many people as possible.
I knew how touring was for 10 years, but it's completely different now that things are popping off.
It's the coolest part about writing music.
I don't know how other people work, but so much is derived from some amalgamation of all these different songs that I love. That's why they jump all over the place.
In a city like New York, any night can be completely different, even in a subtle way.
It's important that I get time to run, to just go for a jog for about 30 minutes. It helps with my voice, but it also kind of gives me a little bit of time to myself - and you get to see a city.
I would love to play a show with Kanye West.
That would be amazing. I want to play a show with Tom Petty or Bruce Springsteen. It would be really fun, especially to stick around, watch their show and watch how they work a crowd. It's really a wonderful thing.