I was more influenced by ambient music than what you’d call dance music, and by things that were happening way back in Chicago and Detroit that were sensual and daring and groundbreaking in their time. Ninety-five percent of the dance music you hear today is crap. It’s only that experimental five percent that I’m into - the records that get played in clubs after 7 o’clock in the morning, when the DJs are playing stuff for themselves, rather than trying to please people.

A lot of the songs on my record have dance beats, but I think they’re beats that are more reflective of daily life - like life in the middle of the day in a city, as opposed to the night life of the clubs

I think that the real modern beats are made of machines and cars and elevators and roadwork and people shouting and dogs barking. That’s what daily life sounds like, when you close your eyes and listen.

Rolling Stone, september 1993