"The first step to being political in flamenco is being outside of what’s expected of you and breaking it."
"The status of the artist has risen a lot, but the salaries are the same. Therefore, I think there’s a problem. It’s the worst time period ever to be an artist. The worst time! It’s the worst because whenever there are economic problems, they always pull resources from culture. "
"This is an intellectual music. We’re talking about something that people spend years and years studying. There’s nothing natural about this."
"I don’t want to be pretty. I don’t want to look pretty, and I don’t want to pretend that I’m pretty. I don’t want to move pretty or get a result from my pretty movement or my pretty look."
“It’s fundamental that flamenco stays true to its roots. The moment that’s lost, it becomes a vulgar music.”
"For me, Tina Turner is flamenco. The great Blues artists are flamenco. That term is given to things that seem authentic, that in some way or another approach what is basic and natural to the land and to life in general."
"I’m not trying to say that I’m an especially intelligent or special person, what I want to say is that the impulse to do and to know has always carried me forward. It’s moved me ahead of myself, not of anyone else, of myself."
"One can harm themselves by having a Peter Pan complex, by wanting to be a guitar student forever and by dedicating themselves to that exclusively. Life takes you other places."
"He who sings for the public is lost, because his head is not where it should be. I always try to revive my ancestors in my cante. I search for them. I remember them. I see their faces. "
"I want it to be accessible to everybody because it’s a transformative art form. It changes your life completely. It changes the way you see yourself. It makes you believe in yourself. It makes you stronger."
"I can’t live without the stage. If I go fifteen days, or a month, without stepping on stage… No, I can’t."
"I just feel the most comfortable when I have a guitar in my hands. The hours fly by and I couldn’t care less."
"From the beginning I felt there was something else beyond what I saw, beyond what my parents did, beyond what my teachers did."
"One phrase of Soleá can have an entire lifetime of experience behind it, and of joy and of sadness."