“Pink Floyd represented the whole spacey side of rock to me. Unlike other bands that were focused on melodies, with Pink Floyd it was all about the headspace. And being someone who was going through a rebellion late in life, I needed Pink Floyd.
“One big thing I liked was that their music was slow. They managed to be progressive in the depth of their musical space. To me, that was fascinating, because I came from classical music, and everything was so focused on technique. To have something that moved at its own pace and yet be so effective, that’s what captured my imagination.
“Plus all the cool sound effects, the secret voices going on, the synthesizer bit in On The Run - it was kind of like the Tangerine Dream stuff I was listening to. Floyd did these things with sequencers, and they were going so slow and trippy… I guess there’s a reason this has been so popular.
“And, of course, Dream Theater has an album of Dark Side Of The Moon. We performed it live in Holland and the UK. I have a huge Modular synthesizer that I got when we decided to do that album. I was schlepping around this massive synthesizer for a couple of tours, and then one day I made the mistake of walking in and seeing my guys trying to lift it up and put it on a stand. I said to myself, ‘OK, I can’t do this to them. It’s too much.’ The thing weighs a few hundred pounds.”