I’ve had the luxury of owning my own studio, 24 analogue, 48 digital, endless effects, endless hardcore gear, that I don’t have to rent, I don’t get stuck with the bills, it’s all mine.
I have always enjoyed different kinds of music.
You have to let your music be true and then people who want to adopt it as that, they take it on and they love it, and it changes their world.
I started playing drums at a pretty early age because my parents were musicians. My dad was an amazing multi-instrumentalist and I can play a lot of instruments, but my dad actually played all the instruments I could play and then added another twenty five or thirty five different categories on there …he was incredible! He got an act actually in Vegas, my parents Bobby and Phyllis Sherwood.
I’ve been trying to make records and I describe it almost like a "movie for your ears" where it’s a little unconventional in its shape and form, but there’s something that’s intriguing in keeping you wanting to wait and see the next frame of film, except in here what’s coming around the corner for your ears.
I also write poems, so that is something that I really enjoy.
Sometimes I hear a drum groove in my head and I rush down to my studio.
Yes was without a singer at that point, cause they were doing ABWH, so you had ABWH, and then you had the 90125 band without a singer.
I mean, Beatles songs were two and a half minutes long, and they’re fantastic.
So when bands work with me and it’s 10 o’clock, usually you’d have to be getting out of the studio, we could go on until 2 in the morning cause it’s my place!
So whenever I had some in-between producing time down in my studio I popped a tape in and started working on it. Working a little bit at a time, it actually took almost four years.
Don’t pay attention to what anyone is telling you about your personal journey just keep going, because that’s what it’s all about.
I grew up in a very musical family, my father was a musician and a big band leader and made records.
I dont have any assistants, I do it all myself, I dont have any secretaries.
We came off the road of the last tour very inspired to just keep playing, so we went to Canada.
I’d written songs with lots of people, from one spectrum to the other.
So for my studio purposes, I know that I’m in my studio with technicians who’ve done amazing things to my board and to my power amps and I know what I can deliver out of my studio.
So I was always around music and my dad was in his own way a progressive jazzer, a big band jazzer guy.
I love all Yes music and love to play it live, but I’m most interested in making new music with Yes.
So one can say that I write all the time, that goes for the lyrics as well.
I love the feeling of creating pictures in someone’s mind just by spelling out the right lyrical combination.
You know, I am just a musician and I have no idea these days what good and bad is in terms of labels.
Don’t listen to what anyone tells you about the kind of music you make. Just make it! Be yourself, make your own music, and be totally true to your art. Because it’s kind of a selfish thing to be an artist.