Mike Gordon Quotes


32 Mike Gordon quotes:



"I haven't written enough songs to be able to say that I have a system. I've only written a handful."
"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'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."
"It's not often that we learn cover songs."
"I agree with the rest of the band, that a truly synthesized sound isn't really what I would want to go for."
"I built all the speaker cabinets myself."
"I like to be sort of grounded with Fish. But, at the same time, I think probably what's unique about us is the way other dynamics happen, where I'll play off Trey for awhile. When we start playing a jam, I don't usually know what's going to happen, I don't have a plan."
"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 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."
"It's really important for the bass and the drums to somehow blend."
"I don't really have a favorite bass player. I listen to a lot of bluegrass. But then again, I'm not a typical bluegrass bass player. I was really into the Grateful Dead, and I still am-I don't listen to them too much, but for me they are a big influence."
"As long as we keep learning new music and getting better musically, there's a good chance that the record deal won't change anything."
"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."
"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."
"I feel like I want to write some songs and I don't know how to go about doing it. Usually it's the lyrics that are a problem, and I think I am not really cut out to be a lyricist."
"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."
"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."
"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'm not really satisfied with anything I have written to date."



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