29 January 2017 at 10.05am | 1 Comment
‘Moving furniture wasn’t so great! But that’s a common story – I was lucky that I could quit my day job when I was 41, a lot of artists go on longer than that.’
During the filmed interview with BBC Radio 3 Presenter Clemency Burton-Hill, which was recorded at the Royal Opera House in 2014, Glass recalls his early years as an up-and-coming artist in New York, where he scraped a living working as a plumber, removal man and cab driver.
The Koyaanisqatsi and Einstein on the Beach composer also explains how he thinks society has become worse at supporting artists, declaring, ‘Artists in our progressive society are treated like bakers.’
Glass believes that up-and-coming musicians and writers have to be resourceful in the ways they get their work seen, despite the lack of funding for the arts.
‘At my first concert I had six people in the audience and one of them was my mother,’ he jokes. Despite his music being known across the globe, and loved by millions, he says he never measured his success by numbers, but by the reaction of people that heard his music:
‘I thought I was a successful composer when I had an audience of 30!’
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