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A lot of these different ethnic elements, that's always something that I love anyway and I'm excited when I hear it... ethnic elements from any country, especially blended in with the group.
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A lot of times, music gets changed between what the musician originally intended and what ends up in the consumer's hands.
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Actually coloring the songs with different people, giving every song it's own identity by having different people play wasn't a bad thing.
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And my electronic gear, I haven't even scratched the surface of what's available on that instrument - it's ridiculous!
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And that's one of the neat things about having records out on a small label, because if I had a record that had been out for ten years on Warner Bros., chances are it would have been dropped by now if it sunk below a certain amount of sales.
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Aside from the three of us, what completes the Flecktones for me is having another melodic instrument.
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Because we don't fit in anywhere, in some weird way we can fit in everywhere.
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Being unusual has worked for us where at times that was a real problem with other bands I've been in.
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Bluegrass is a very focused musical effort. It's all about playing, well, singing, too.
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Bluegrass is like a touchstone for me, when I go back and play it, it's very, very relaxing for me. Especially since I usually get to play bluegrass with the very, very greatest players of that music, so it makes it very fun.
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But I don't really come out of that country jazz kind of thing.
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But I've always thought that there is a community aspect to music sometimes that's what's hard to... feel like you're keeping all your marbles to yourself or something when you don't ask somebody great to get involved.
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But in Bluegrass, it's always been a given, and a demand that you had to be an excellent player.
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But when I play my own music, or when I play new music, there's much more stress and intensity of thinking about how I'm gonna make it work.
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By playing the electric I start to hear different notes in my head, and wanna play different things.
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I can build on top of fifty years of great banjo players, I know what every one of them played when they played bluegrass, and I can think about what I wanna play based on all their hard work.
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I don't think they think I'm threatening to anybody, I'm just off doing my weird thing.
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I get just as excited about playing with Tony Rice as I do with Chick Corea.
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I guess we're trying to make records where every one is an event and not just another record.
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I like our music to have a positive quality to it. I don't know what to call it except I wanted to make people feel good.
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I talked to Tony Rice last year and we talked about how important it is for a musician to keep progressing and not to get in a rut.
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I think it's nice to have a lot of different sounds in a night, I get tired of just banjo in a whole night.
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I was playing kind of a hybrid kind of bluegrass. You can call it newgrass. I was in a band called Newgrass Revival, but there was a whole movement going on and some people didn't like the name, Newgrass.
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I would never write a certain way if I only played acoustic.
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I'm crazy for him, I love him and any time I get to play with Tony Rice is a great day in my life, I'll have to say.
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I'm not really particularly into dark, sad emotional stuff, but it could be done.
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In a way we're servicing all these different audiences with what they want, and as long as we keep it moving, it's exciting for us.
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In another way, I start to think of how can we make an album that sounds different from what the band sounds like live, but still be the band.
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It's hard because the banjo is an instrument with an unlimited future, too. I'm just at the very edge of what can be done with it as far as the sounds that are available.
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It's interesting, I mean we've always - for the last 6 or 7 years - we've recorded at my house, whatever house I'm in. It doesn't really matter. We just find a way to do it.
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Just the fact that we're doing this is like an impossible dream kind of thing. In a way, it's symbolic of their crazy dreams.
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Nobody wants to buy the last record, they want the new one with the new sounds. Whatever, but there's some neat stuff back there and I'm glad people take it as seriously, or more seriously, because if it's great, it's great, you know?
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Right... sometimes I feel the years marching by, and that's why I wanna spend them doing the things that have meaning to me, and not to just let them go by, 'cause you just get one ride through.
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Since the last album was a double live album and the five albums before that were all like live albums in that they were basically recorded live in the studio, we thought it'd be nice to change it and just get creative.
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So it doesn't have to be happy music to be inspiring.
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So when I play bluegrass I'm so relaxed because I know exactly what the banjo does in bluegrass.
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Sometimes you come up with it by yourself with your instrument in your hands. Other times you come up with it in a group.
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Suddenly I love it, it's like my favorite thing because, in a way, all of the things that I try and do most of the time take a lot of hard work and thinking, like how is the banjo gonna fit into Chinese music, for God's sake, or bebop, or whatever.
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The music is really about communication musically and about blending things and tearing down walls.
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The other element about recording with just the four of us is, what's going to make it different from the live show? Especially since we allow people to trade our live shows and record them all.
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The players in Bluegrass are much more psychotic about how good they play, than players in country, because you can have a big hit record on the radio and the playing doesn't really have to be on the jazz level, or on the highest possible level. It's all about the song.
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There have always been great musicians in Nashville. There's always been some who played jazz, and some were good.
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There's a thing that happens in modern culture where we're all moving toward the next big thing.
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They think the banjo can only be happy, but that's not true.
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Well, I'm working with Edgar Meyer on a duo which is sort of very personal duo stuff: just bass, banjo and piano and a little bit of guitar.
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When I left to start the Flecktones, I was thinking, 'I'm going to take a dive here. I'm going to play the music that I love and maybe fifteen years from now I'll be doin g well again.
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Yeah, there's a lot more kids at Merle Fest nowadays, and that's helping bluegrass, because they're getting turned on to the real stuff.
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Yeah, we just do a lotta stuff, but it's fun. We really enjoy doing it.
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You have to know how to play as an ensemble. It's a very set thing. And when you learn those rules, some of them apply to other music and some of them don't.
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Your motivation becomes about having a hit, not about the kind of music that you should be playing.
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