How do you choose your band members?
“The most important thing is that they all need to be better players
than I am. Because for me the goal is to make each of my songs come alive like
a good movie, and tell each one’s story. That kind of story-telling takes
really special players, really creative players, and players that are not hung
up technically when trying to convey a unique harmonic or rhythmic idea. So for
the sake of my songs I find the best players I can.
But I also want to find guys I feel emotionally connected with -- I love
to rehearse a song until we can feel the inside of it. I don’t like taking
players into the studio and just finding parts. That’s a cold process for
me. I like to play the song with a band and arrange the song to a great degree
before I go into recording mode. So those are also the types of players I like
to surround myself with – good guys and great players that like to work
the way I do.”