100+ Best Solo Quotes: Exclusive Selection

Profoundly inspirational solo quotes will get you through anything when the going gets tough and help you succeed in every aspect of life.

Famous Solo Quotes

I suppose being a bit of an antisocial weirdo definitely honed my skills as a soloist. It gave me a lot more opportunities to solo lots of easy routes, which in turn broadened my comfort zone quite a bit and has allowed me to climb the harder things without a rope that I’ve done now. — Alex Honnold

I’m not going to do any more solo touring. — Bruce Dickinson

I felt like I just wanted to get back to Son Volt, after having done the solo records. I just began to miss the group dynamic. (Son Volt) has always kind of represented a vehicle for putting out a certain type of songs and songwriting. — Jay Farrar

And I’ve also come to the conclusion that, as far as guitar solos and things like that are concerned, it’s more important to complement the music rather than take away from it. — Dave Navarro

Someone’s career that I admire would have to be Justin Timberlake’s because he started off on Disney and he made this huge film career and huge solo music career. I really respect him as an artist. — Victoria Justice

It’s interesting when you’ve been a partner with someone for so long. So now to sing solo and starting all over again I am learning that I am more bodacious than I thought. I don’t know where it’s coming from but I am glad. — Valerie Simpson

When Marvel approached me about possibly bringing back a She-Hulk solo series, a few touchstones for a take immediately popped into my head – make her an attorney. Make her charming and fun, not weighed down by the various things life will throw at her. Give her a vibrant social life. — Charles Soule

It’s good fun, making a solo album, because there’s perhaps songs that wouldn’t get used for the Stones or any other kind of outfit that I’m working with. It’s just nice to be the boss. — Ronnie Wood

His music is original and the band has been supportive of his solo work. — Shawn Smith

The expectation on me as a solo artist is very different to the audience’s expectation of a Pink Floyd show. — David Gilmour

My style is bad white-boy dancing. I can do swing a little bit, but nothing beyond that. My solo dancing is sad. I use my arms, badly. — Robin Williams

Not everybody likes or understands a drum solo, so I like to bring in effects and sounds to keep their interest. — John Bonham

It just felt like the right time to focus on solo material. — Robin Gibb

Prog didn’t really go away. Just took a catnap in the late Seventies. A new generation of fans discovered it, and a whole new array of bands and solo artists took it on into the new millennium. — Ian Anderson

I think playing solo is a second rate activity, really. For me, playing is about playing with other people. — Derek Bailey

I’m definitely gonna do another solo record at some point. ‘Flamingo’ wasn’t just me dipping my toes in the water. I really loved it. It was successful, and that helps, but I love those songs, and I miss singing them. — Brandon Flowers

I take a lot of pride in (not walking hitters). Early in the year, it was really getting me in trouble. That’s not really my game. My game is throwing a lot of strikes. I think that’s why I give up a lot of homers. I’m always around the plate, and hitters know they will get something to hit. But as long as I keep them to solo (homers), I usually don’t get hurt. — Dan Haren

I didn’t have the confidence to leave the band because of a solo career, or anything like that. I just wanted to grow. — Dee Dee Ramone

I’m going to be doing solo stuff. The idea is to do ‘small’ and ‘off my beaten path,’ or go back to an old, beaten path – do some smaller things that I haven’t done in 15 or 20 years. Just to sort of get my feet wet, because I haven’t done my own material for a couple of years – I’ve been doing a lot of other things. — Patty Griffin

So I was releasing this tension with my solo albums, but I didn’t want to play music just for money. — Bill Wyman

If I wished to do something, even if I couldn’t find anyone who wanted to make the effort with me, I would go out solo climbing. I did find solo climbing very challenging and a little frightening. You knew that you were completely on your own, and you had to overcome all the problems and possible dangers. — Edmund Hillary

Most people don’t really need to hear a six-minute guitar solo that modulates between five keys and time signatures. What they want is a good song. — Rivers Cuomo

I think that good improvisers should be able to play solo as well as master all the problems that happen within a group improvisation. — Roscoe Mitchell

Many works I have composed are only for multiple channel tapes, or for traditional instruments, solo instruments, or groups of musicians. — Karlheinz Stockhausen

Usually I solo on these wild tunes where I have to play as fast as I can. I get all jacked up on a gig, man, and I just can’t slow down. — Terry Kath

It really shocked me just to hear of the fans’ response to ‘St. Anger’ not having guitar solos. — Kirk Hammett

I have no want or desire to solo. I’d rather create melodies and accompanying parts. — Frank Iero

I don’t like drum solos, to be honest with you, but if anybody ever told me he didn’t like Buddy Rich I’d right away say go and see him, at least the once. — Charlie Watts

When I was on the road with Billy Bragg, it was cool because I was doing the whole thing solo and travel a lot by myself, which I quite like. I mean, I love being with friends, but it’s kind of nice having that alone time. — Courtney Barnett

You know, I’m the 1st black solo MC from Detroit. I didn’t do the 50 Cent sales but hey… I got a long career, I’m still young and I’m trying to bring really good music. — Obie Trice

Jim drove her home in the pickup and he delivered her to my dad. My dad took her to the rehab unit. Then, all of a sudden, it’s a solo album again. — Kim Deal

If I would have ever dreamed that I wouldn’t be in Van Halen anymore and was going to have resume my solo career again, I would have never contributed anything towards my own greatest hits package. — Sammy Hagar

Most of the time, ’24’ is not about Jack Bauer commanding a squad in order to complete the mission; it’s about Jack Bauer in solo action, … So including multiplayer didn’t make a lot of sense to us. — Tim Hall

If a band is really good and the chemistry is unique, it should continue. But I guess David is just very happy doing his solo career. He’s got a different band every time he goes out. — Chris Frantz

Solo concerts are murder, I find; I don’t like doing them. — Derek Bailey

By the time I did that third solo album, I’d finally learned how to do it, but I’d also learned that I liked being in a band — Tommy Shaw

In their palate alone is their reason of existence. [Lat., In solo vivendi causa palata est.] — Juvenal

I enjoy my work, no matter who I am working with. Even if you give me a solo silent film, I will enjoy it. — Sonakshi Sinha

Harrison Ford has always been one of my favorite actors. I grew up with Han Solo and Indiana Jones, and ‘Regarding Henry’ is one of my favorite movies of all time. — Nolan North

There are right and wrong reasons for doing solo projects, and this album was done for the right reasons. At the time there was no Judas Priest and I certainly wasn’t going to hang my hat up on my musical career. — Glenn Tipton

I’m also performing regularly in Southern California with two bands. As a solo artist doing acoustic sets and a member of the Jenerators, my rock n roll band that has been around for a long time now. — Bill Mumy

The only thing that’s better in a group versus being by yourself is the companionship. You have to do a lot of thing by yourself as a solo artist. But it’s cool. It’s worth it. — Tinashe

As a boy soprano in the high school choir, I later sang a solo during the carol service at Canterbury Cathedral, but I was too young to secure the Freddy Eynsford-Hill role in our production of ‘My Fair Lady’ – and far too timid to have thought to audition for it. — Hamish Bowles

Mitchell had a great game. He had his best game passing ever going 12 for 26 and still rushed for 98 yards. He did great on defense with seven solo tackles and three assisted tackles. — Matt Clark

I think with that Ohio State defense it was a competition, it was a rush to get the tackle. That was just the mentality up there. So I attempted to get all my tackles solo because our linebacker, when they come in there, they just hit whatever’s in the way. I take pride in that. I try to be a complete corner and I think that’s one step to doing that. — Ashton Youboty

For me to do a project – I have a pretty successful solo career, so – for me to even want to do Primus, it had to be a creative step forward. — Les Claypool

Some people like to drive a Ford, not a Ferrari, and some people like to drink out of a red Solo cup, not out of a crystal stem. — Marsha Blackburn

After I came out of surgery – I was in the hospital for five weeks – I found that I gravitated toward very gentle sounds: chant music, solo bamboo flute sounds, a laid-back record of my own called ‘Inside.’ And the music became a very real part of my recovery process. — Paul Horn

One of the great things that I loved about doing solo – which I ended up doing because I was too shy to ever try out for bands back in the day – I could sit there with a list of songs and ‘paint away’ for the show. — Patty Griffin

We’re flying solo in the Treasury market, we’re responding to the fundamentals. — William Sullivan

I did ‘State Trooper’ as a solo with all of my effects, and Bruce himself showed up and came onstage and shook my hand twice in front of thousands of people and said how great it was. — Gary Lucas

Nobody told Don Henley or me that we were going to make it as solo artists, but I can speak for Don when I say that we are both really happy now that the band is not together. — Glenn Frey

His solo career kept us together. When we toured, we’d reach more people, and with his success, it was now our success, — Rod Stewart

I’ve actually thought very little about solo work up until just very recently. — Brandon Boyd

I would have loved to record with Paul McCartney on some of his early solo recordings, wonderful music. Playing some lovely organ, perhaps. I would have loved to record with John Lennon. He was a dear friend. I had lunch with him just two days before he died. — Rick Wakeman

I couldn’t have been a great goalkeeper without power, agility and quickness. — Hope Solo

When I recorded my solo album, ‘Keep It Hid,’ in 2008, I’d gotten more interested in songwriting, inspired by reading Charles Bukowski and connecting with unfancy, interesting language. — Dan Auerbach

I love country; I’m gonna do a country solo album at one point just ’cause. I’m a big fan of Keith Urban, Trace Adkins, Rascal Flatts, even though that’s more pop. I grew up on country. — Tony Oller

I’m looking forward to some more solo acoustic dates. That’s a lot of fun for me, because I get to be alone with the song. And I get to hear every little nuance; if my instrument does something that I wasn’t expecting, I get to chase that. Chase that down a little bit. — Bob Weir

I think anything we do outside of Gym Class Heroes still falls under the Gym Class Heroes umbrella. There’s really no method to the madness. With Gym Class, it’s more of a democratic process, and when I’m working on solo stuff, it’s just me, either working with producers or sitting in a room by myself. They balance and complement each other. — Travie McCoy

Obviously someone wants to hurt me and doesn’t want me to be successful in my solo career. — Scott Stapp

Of course, I just assumed that the world was full of solo percussionists. It was only when I studied music full time, in London, that I realized that the career of a full-time classical percussionist did not in fact exist. It had to be created. — Evelyn Glennie

People have become less discriminating listeners, which is tragic, really. There’s a lot of emperor’s new clothes out there, whether they’re female or male solo acts. That bothers me. It’s hard to break through, and it’s like climbing Mount Everest if you actually do. — Paula Cole

More people seem to know the Van der Graaf Generator material than my solo work – thanks, I suppose, to their parents’ lingering vinyl collections. — Peter Hammill

I have a studio at home where I record all of my solo material from the beginning ’til the very end, thus also the ideas which later on will find their way onto yet another Mike & The Mechanics album. — Mike Rutherford

I’ve always looked on myself as one of a band and never sought a solo career. — Rod Stewart

I grew up when the whole Motown thing was huge. The charts in those days were dominated by groups more than solo artists at one point. — Simon Cowell

Make that extra effort for every relationship. Whether it’s with your parents, your children, your husband or your friends. It makes a difference to them. I try to give my kids a lot of solo time where I play with them, talk to them, listen to them. Similarly, you give time for your workout. You slot a time for it, no matter what. — Kajol

It’s like, on my solo stuff, every single person who buys the record, gets it. On the other stuff, the masses… when you have a hit on the radio, not everyone’s going to get it. They are going to buy it for the hit. — Kip Winger

I was in a group called Wild Orchid and it just wasn’t working. I wasn’t being myself. What I should have done was say. ‘Girls, it’s really time for me to go on my own. I need to fulfill this dream of mine to have a solo album.’ And I didn’t know how to do that. I wanted to please them. — Fergie

I’ve never done a solo tour. I feel like getting out there and doing that. — Neal Schon

I’ve never really been interested in doing a solo piano tour. — Herbie Hancock

Everything that Eddie has said about me is the total opposite of what really happened. Eddie says I wanted to be a solo artist. No, Eddie wanted to be a solo artist. — Sammy Hagar

Having gone through a period of making solo records and performing with just one other guy, Mark Spencer, I really missed the idea of playing in a group dynamic. We’re doing a set that is focused on the new album, but we’ll be doing other Son Volt material as well — and we could be going back to Uncle Tupelo, too. — Jay Farrar

I thought I’d be a journalist, and only pursued acting intermittently while studying. My very first interview as a journalist was with David Usher of Moist, and he called the magazine the next day to say it was the best interview he’d done for his solo album. I felt like a million euros. — Liane Balaban

From Kenny’s perspective, when he came into Loggins and Messina, he had been expecting a solo career, but it turned out to be a duo, — Jim Messina

Well, it’s a nice quiet time for Iron Maiden, and I’ll be releasing a new solo album next year, so this is a really good time for the managing out my solo career, which is quite well. — Bruce Dickinson

By going solo I could lose a fortune but money is not important. — Barry Gibb

I think I’ll continue to work as a solo artist. — Alvin Lee

When I’m sick of myself, and when I don’t know what to say as a solo artist, I can write a song for a movie. When I don’t know where to turn musically, being in a band – Rilo Kiley or Jenny & Johnny – the collaborative nature is really exciting. — Jenny Lewis

I do sing a bit, a solo called ‘Rubies,’ and the female vocals on ‘In Paradisum,’ ‘The Sound of Silence,’ and ‘Sapphire Clouds’. — Catherine Asaro

Having a solo career is a funny thing. — Daryl Hall

I am a songwriter at heart, and I feel like I would, in the future, write songs for other people. I don’t think I want to pursue it for myself, for a solo career. — Dean Geyer

I had just left Yes and had done a concert at Crystal Palace, South London, with a choir and orchestra playing my solo album ‘Journey To The Centre Of The Earth’ when I had my heart attack. That day, I hadn’t been to bed for four days. I don’t remember much. I felt very numb during the day and airy, which is the best way to describe it. — Rick Wakeman

It’s a huge responsibility being a solo act. — Robbie Williams

By the time my first solo record came out, I was making a handsome living as a record producer. I had worked with the Band, Janis Joplin and all of these other artists in the Albert Grossman organization. So as my so-called solo career evolved, I never felt pressure that I had to come back and top when I might’ve done before. — Todd Rundgren

Legal dialogue is awesome, but you can’t ad lib. It’s much more fun to be looser and say things like, ‘Can I work in a Han Solo reference?’ I’m a ‘Star Wars’ freak. — Diane Neal

My most favourite gigs that ever happened were solo, before The Monkees ever happened. — Peter Tork

‘Queen of Hearts’ is one I’m really proud of because I worked so hard on it, and then I was told it wasn’t good enough to be included on an Allman Brothers album. That directly led me to go into the studio and cut ‘Laid Back,’ my first solo release. So ‘Queen of Hearts’ is special to me. — Gregg Allman

People sort of know me for that solo piano music I did. — John Cale

The greatest compliment I ever got was when people called me an artist, and I understand that solo aspect of being an artist, when you’re in there by yourself, trying to do something great, and people who don’t even know you can come up and just dump on you. — John McEnroe

On Ain’t No Telling I came up with the bass solo. — Noel Redding

There are times when I’ve been feeling something and played a solo that I’ve never been able to repeat. — Brian May

I think the fact that they didn’t attain the level of success of solo artists probably has something to do with it as well. They may have had some impact, but none are around today. They weren’t able to sustain it. — David Nathan

Solo home runs usually don’t hurt you. But when there’s four they do. — Jeff Francis

I enjoyed climbing with other people, good friends, but I did quite a lot of solo climbing, too. — Edmund Hillary

I wrote all these heavy, tuned-down guitar riffs and I asked him if he wanted to play the guitar solo on it, and he was pumped to do it, … That was the first time I appeared on a record with Dime, and now this. I just wish this wasn’t the way it had to happen. — Chad Kroeger

At a festival, a lot of people came to see other artists, so you have to put on a signature set and performance: ‘This is what I do, this is why I’m here.’ At solo gigs, I’m a DJ – I’ll play two-and-a-half hours, and not just my own music, also my favorite songs by other artists. — Afrojack

I think ‘Indiana Jones’ was a lot of fun to do because of the places we went to and the adventures and the action. But Han Solo was also a huge part of my life. — Harrison Ford

Growing up, I really liked ‘Star Wars.’ Han Solo would’ve been really cool to meet. But my stuff was real low-brow. I was watching ‘Bugs Bunny.’ — Chris Evans

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