Mike Gordon Quotes


32 Mike Gordon quotes:



"Actually Fish and I had this side band that played a lot of Dead covers and stuff, called the Dangerous Grapes. Also Allmans, typical blues stuff."
"I guess there are two things that make me like songs generally, of ours, and that is if they groove well, or if they have a jam that can go somewhere."
"I think one thing that helped the sound change, it's a real subtle thing; it's just one switch on my bass, it has three positions, and I usually boost the mid-range frequency, I lowered the frequency that I boost, and that goes out to the sound system, too."
"I want to take some jams and really concentrate on hooking up with Page because, since he's the only one not next to me, and his sound is mainly coming from my monitor rather than through the air, it's a little harder for me to hook up with him."
"I'm always interested in mixing technology and music. You know, maybe I'll have a MIDI bass pickup at some point, I don't really think that's the direction I would want to go."
"I'm not really allowed to talk about the Dead though. I think when we are at our best, we definitely do things that the Dead or no other band could do. We explore things and take things to the extreme."
"I'm not really satisfied with anything I have written to date."
"If part of the purpose of making an album is to get some radio play, then you might as well think about that. But that's not really how we picked the songs."
"It does make sense to put on some songs that are relatively short, because radio usually only plays songs that are less than 4 or 5 minutes."
"It's not often that we learn cover songs."
"It's really important for the bass and the drums to somehow blend."
"Last tour my bass rig was breaking down every other night. That was a pain. We would get on stage and Trey would count off the song, and I'd play the first note and nothing would be there. Those guys would just roll their eyes."
"The way that we imitate each others' riffs is something that other bands don't do as much. If we're jamming with a jazz band, or I am jamming with a jazz band, I have to catch myself, the tendency is always to do that."
"The worst thing I could be thinking is how could I be a cool bass player."
"There's no way we could play a country song as well as a country band or a Latin song as well as a Latin band. We could never expect to do that. We just keep doing what we do, what we know how to do. We sound like ourselves."
"This is my second bass that Paul built me. There were some changes that were made. Sometimes I think of changes that could be made having to do with both the sound and the feel. It's definitely a beautiful instrument."
"Travelling to different countries is a goal. I wouldn't mind playing huge places if we got an opportunity to, but it's nice to play small places too. Fish was saying yesterday that he doesn't ever want to play stadiums, or maybe he would once, he said."
"We have been trying to play a lot of different kinds of music, and probably the next album will go back more towards the direction where you couldn't classify each song as a certain kind of music. This album you can."
"A lot of the great songwriters in history have been collaborators, with a separate lyricist."
"Actually, it's great to play with someone who tries to come up with interesting drum beats because it pushes the music in different directions."



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