“Drummers tend to play one pattern into the next as if it's all written in a book: ‘OK, here’s pattern one, here’s pattern two,’ and so on. And you can hear them moving very mechanically from part to part, thing to thing, but it feels very stiff and disjointed. That’s not music to me.
“Another problem with that is, drummers can never really play something again – because they never learned how to play it the first time. It’s as if they stumbled upon what they did, but they don’t know what it is. Somebody might say, ‘Wow, that was good. Can you do it again but softer?’ And they can’t because they didn’t get inside the music.
“Stop thinking of music as parts; think of it as music. A song or a piece of music isn’t lots of little patterns or sections – it’s a complete experience. Think of what it is you’re trying to put across, the whole thing.”