How are you getting on with playing alongside [LA prog rock band] Spock’s Beard drummer Nick d’Virgilio?
"Nick and I work very closely together, constantly watching everything that’s going on, and we’re playing off of each other all the time. Nick’s in a box downstairs so we’re listening to each other all the time and he’s up high in my mix so we play a lot of breaks and stabs together.
"I wish he was up onstage with us but the way they set up the show and the sound, they didn’t want live drums bleeding into everything. I guess percussion is softer and they didn’t want to see an ugly plexiglass box up here ’cos that looks terrible.
"We’ve been working together on the show since the very beginning at the headquarters in Montreal, creating the parts there. It’s not charted out like a lot of shows and there’s a lot of visual cues with the performers so you have to watch them all the time and not just sit back.
"All of the musicians go to Montreal for three months to create the show, with everybody else involved starting maybe three months before that. We’d say, ‘Maybe we should play this groove with this, swing more with that,’ and we’d teach each other a break."