Ezra Koenig Quotes

I went to Columbia University because I knew I wanted to go to a school that was academically rigorous. I prided myself on getting good grades but I also hated it.

All I know for sure is that issues like race like class are always best approached with compassion and open-mindedness.

I'm a huge fan of the Bay Area so I always love coming to San Francisco.

Anyways trying to express yourself to the press is often like arguing with a hysterical person.

Tom Cruise is one of the most successful actors of all time.

Musicals don't get enough credit for being so surreal. It's like an alternate universe.

In Europe I always have fun bike riding in Amsterdam.

If kids and teenagers can get into a band its probably not because they think its brainy.

My dad has a really great record collection that basically went up to the year I was born: 1984.

I still think that if you're excited about something you have to work at it.

If you're lonely bored or unhappy remember you are mad young. There is so much time to meet new people and go to new places.

Growing up listening to rap music you almost feel like you should have haters. That's an important part of being a successful musician. It's a good thing I guess.

I don't like to generalize but I've had nothing but bad experiences with Mexican food in Europe.

Sometimes you want to dress a certain way... that doesn't always reflect your pedigree.

As an artist you have the luxury of maybe presenting an issue in a certain way as opposed to actually solving it.

My dad grew up in a working-class Jewish neighbourhood and I got a scholarship from my dad's union to go to college. I went there to get an education not as an extension of privilege.

I like how Ralph Lauren creates a mystical world through his clothing.

You can be 24 and continue to live like you're at college or even continue to live like you're in high school. Or you can put on a shirt and tie and pretend to be an adult.

I feel like you constantly have to prove why you deserve to continue to exist.

It's really hard to even talk about the internet without seeming instantly corny.

a writer once asked what I'd say if i ever met my biggest hater. I paused thought deeply and said "probably 'suk a dog dik motherfuker

Sometimes I surprise myself with how dissatisfied I am with seemingly satisfying experiences.

I still to this day get the most inspiration from rap lyrics.

It's cool to have instruments lying around because they give you different ideas.

Some people say video games rot your brain but I think they work different muscles that maybe you don't normally use.

I'm down with Spotify. I don't know all the financial details but generally it's a great resource.

But you know what? When I die everybody is invited to come take a selfie at my funeral. Except for my enemies. They're not invited to the funeral period.

Making every record is a process full of tough times.

Well growing up in the '90s my first true love was ska music.

I go to great pains to find the best yogurt and granola.

For you to be able to take a picture of yourself that you feel good enough about to share with the world - I think that's a great thing.

Just because I grew up a white guy in America doesn't mean that's the music of my life.

No part of Manhattan these days really has the same vibe I get from a Ramones song or a Velvet Underground song.

There aren't that many people walking about who are a total class stereotype.

Rapping and singing are not two polar opposites. There's so much middle ground. And I think there's a lot of people who find that middle ground.

Playing Tetris for 15 minutes is like meditation.

I'm pretty sure that the Walkmen are the band that I've paid to see the most in my life.