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Second,I was really into Genesis,because
just
loved the darknessofit, and the way they
I
experimented with drum machines,but also
with live drums, and how they crossedbetween
the two. Somesongsstart out really dark, like
"Mamai' but then the choruseswould just open
up.I really wanted to understand what that
was about.
Third, I listenedto a lot of FleetwoodMac'
That was becauseone of my closestfriends
invited me to see them for her birthday' At
first, I was like, "Surel' lRolls her eyes'l Everybody was singing along to every word, and
I was the onlY one who didn't know the
words. I felt a little embarrassed.But it was
c o ol, becauseit o pe ne d me uP t o a whole
other sound, and drum style,and group' Of
courseI knew their big songs-everybody does'
But to go deeper in, like the Tusk album ' ' '
that was the one that I really went back and
zoned on.
So,those were the kinds of things I was listening to, and I did start concentratinga lot on
the songwriting style,and that influenced the
chords I would use, and the way I wanted the
chorusesto be.It wasaboutjust openinguP the
flow. I knew I wanted to experiment, and plus,
I was in my studio collecting fons of keyboards'
My engineer,Ann Mincieli, is a collectionaddict'
So,shed be like, "I saw this new. . . I'
A little eBaY action?
Yes!She gets on eBay and says,"Oh, I saw this
Roland Jupiter-8youd think is craz7.You should
checkit outl' That was really fly, becauseI knew
I was searchingfor a new sound.So I was ableto
experimenta lot with Moogs,and different oscillator-basedkeyboards,and in terms ofthe creative flow, it was just/rin.
And then there's a kind of Roland TR-808
drum vibe as well. It seems like there was an
amazing willingness to say, "Hey, let's see
what t rr:ssounds like!"
Oh my gosh-it's so much fun. I think I was
just ableto bring what we startedwith [2007
album] As I Am to the next level. On As I
Ara, I d saywe definitely did more with elecfrlc pianos-a lot of Wurly and Rhodes'We
evendid harpsichordsand things like that'
but wed put crazy effects on them' just
to take it to a new place. Now, I kind of
pushed that to the next place, going into
more of the vintage keYboard, drum
machine stYle.
You seem prettY fearless when it
comes to different keYs.You're
in Dl on one song' then F on
the next, then G. Are You
deliberatelYstarting songs in
certain keys?
That's cool. Thank you. I'm not
so deliberatewith that-I think I
kind of find my way into the keY
more. Like with "That's How
Strong My Love Is," that started
in a different key. And then as I'm
singing it, and I'm flowing with
it, I go, "Hmm, hmml' lSingsand
raisesher Pitch.] So I took it uP a
half-step,and I'm Iike'What does
Ianother] half-steP feel like?'
And then I'm like, "Hmm." So
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like'
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play probably every dude under the table, in a
heartbeat.And I think she'sjust special'She
has this mixture about her, betweenstudying
classical,andjazz,and alsothe intensitythat
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I listen to Herbie Hancock. He'sincredible,
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