“We go back to it again: You’re presenting an idea that you’re contributing to the overall band picture. You want to make sure that it’s something the band can live with in real time.
“Sometimes it’s the simplest thing, and you might think, 'Aw, man, I’m so tired of doing this.’ But that’s the thing you can control the best. If you play it long enough, everybody will start to groove to it, and suddenly you’re making music together. Once you start from that place, then you can add more to it and build on it.
“If people are trying to simply impress you with your chops, that’s when music becomes work. I might as well quit what I’m doing and become a postman, because then it’s ‘How many letters can I cram into a mailbox?’ I don’t want to compete with my colleagues; I want to contribute and help them build their musical ideas – and vice versa. Then we have this loop of knowledge and ideas to build a strong, exciting foundation and a communal presentation.”