Complex time signatures separate the men from the boys in prog rock, but it's important not to sacrifice groove.
Misha Mansoor: “A huge influence was Meshuggah, and their ability to do seemingly odd time signatures, but really have it all be in 4/4. I love something you can just bob your head to, right? But what I took away from them was that you can get very playful with your beats, accents and syncopation, and make things that are a straight 4/4 sound like they aren’t. I do that a lot. I listened to a lot of Dream Theater!”
John Petrucci: “I was always a big Rush and Yes fan, and it was like, ‘Well, these guys are doing it and it doesn’t always have to be 4/4’. That modulation of meters came naturally to me.
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