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Old 11-06-2006, 10:16 PM
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Hi Sonor,
as far as I know I will be doing the closing spot on Saturday. Time slots are around 40 minutes or so per drummer. I think I'll leave the toaster at home for this trip. I'll try and bring some of the new DVD - but baggage is getting tight - so it will only be a very few if I can manage it.


Hi Tolo,
glad you like Jakko's new album - I think it's only just come out this week. It's some of the most challenging stuff I've ever recorded. "Pictures of An Indian City" and "Nirvana for Mice" were two real hard pieces. Lots of odd time signatures to navigate.

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Old 11-07-2006, 06:31 AM
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Hey Gavin,
Just watched your "appliance song," I cant believe i missed that the first time through the DVD. Have you ever thought about applying that concept to you car. I used to work as a mechanic, i can tell you there are a ton of percussive sounds on a car! Just a thought.
I was noticing that you have a 3 legged Hi-Hat stand, where one leg stradles the left bass pedal. Have you ever thought about a 2 legged stand? It would aleviate that annoying feeling on you left foot not being able to move freely. Take care.

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Old 11-07-2006, 04:06 PM
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Hey Gavin!

Awesome to see you here!

I have only recentley discovered your drumming, yet I could compliment your playing to no end. You have style, grace, precision and wicked rhythmic ideas. Some of the coolest and most tasteful playing I've heard in a long time.

My question is, and I don't know if its been discussed before, but you've mentioned that you've switched to the Axis Longboards, and that they've enabled you to execute things that you've only dreamed of in the past. I've recentley picked up a set myself and I'm still tweaking them and trying to find a good feel to stick with. I've been reading different reviews and such, trying to get any tips I can. I was wondering what kind of adjustments you've made to the longboards, and what kind of settings you've found the most comfortable? Also, what is your approach to foot techinque? I assume your a heel down guy. Sorry if these questions have already been addressed.

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Old 11-07-2006, 04:30 PM
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Hi Mike,
I get an urge to play all kinds of things - a car being one of them. I tried a 2 legged hi hat stand but I didn't feel it was as solid as a 3 legged. It really doesn't ever bother me because I've been playing double pedal since 1984 (with the first DW one) and always had the leg going over the pedal. It always surprises me when I go to a gig or session and don't bother bringing the left half of the double pedal (because I didn't think the music would need it) that my left foot keeps going over into that space - only to find the pedal not there. I'm getting the same way with the Cobra Clutch.

Hi charlesurich,
thanks for the compliments.
First off, I always play heal up regardless of the speed or volume. I can't really play heal down any more. I played the Tama Flexiflyer from 1981 to 1996 and always loved the concentric cam action that it had. I think other manufacturers call it "progressive action". It's a very particular feel that accelerates the beater towards the head... unlike the feel to say a regular DW pedal that has the chain running around a circle cam. So I adjust the cam on my Axis towards the front of it's slider to try to get a little bit of the concentric feeling. It's about 80% of the way towards the front. My beaters are 7 inches away from the head.
I really don't consider myself to be king of the pedal boards - so if you're looking to play super-mega fast - you might try asking someone who specialises in that kind of speed playing.
Good luck

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Old 11-07-2006, 06:21 PM
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- so it will only be a very few if I can manage it.
Hi Gavin,

I find this somewhat surprising as I would have thought it would be a good opportunity to make plenty available. Not in the sense of cashing in but I'm sure after your performance there will be those that would love to walk away with something of yours, be it book or DVD. Or have you found that they don't particularly move well at events such as these?
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Old 11-08-2006, 12:13 PM
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... but I'm sure after your performance there will be those that would love to walk away with something of yours, be it book or DVD.
Hi Sonor,
It depends on my performance - if I play like crap - I could be bringing them all home with me!!!!
Seriously though - I'll do my best to bring some of the new DVD's.

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Old 11-08-2006, 06:31 PM
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Hehehe...somehow I think even your crappy playing would still sound pretty good!!
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Old 11-08-2006, 08:46 PM
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Hey Gavin,

Nice to see your still around chatting it up with us. I have a question for you about snare rebound if you have a moment. I played a very old, very cheap Stewart snare the other day that a friend of mine owns and has raved about since he got it a few weeks ago at a pawn shop. He bragged and bragged about it being one of those magical accidents where a company that makes mostly junk pumps out a gem somehow and by George he is right on this one. The rebound you get from this snare is unreal. We tried loose head tension,(without it being flappy of course) tight head tension and no matter what it was so effortless to do smooth buzz rolls, double strokes and lighting fast paradiddles on this thing. I dont understand it !! When I got home I tried tuning my snare a million different ways and couldnt get close. By comparison playing fast paradidles on my snare (letting the bounce do all the work) felt like the rebound you would get from hitting a watermelon with a baseball bat.. Ok, thats an overstatement but I think you get the drift. Any idea why this would be? BTW, The head on the old Stewart was a Remo fiberskin 3 which I have used many times in the past and was brand new. My kit is Pacific by DW with a stock snare and coated ambassador.

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Old 11-09-2006, 05:04 AM
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Hey Gavin,
I'm sure that when you go on the road to do shows you have insurance for all your gear. Could you shed some light on this subject for me? Thanks. Take care.

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Old 11-10-2006, 03:26 PM
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Hi Liquid Drummer,
I have no idea why this drum has magical bouncing properties to it. Maybe it's something to with the air hole(s) or lack of one at all?

Sounds intriguing anyway.

Hi Mike,
I have nothing to do with the band's equipment insurance - other than I know we just contacted a company - got a quote - and signed up. There's a few companies that specialise in touring insurance, and know all about the conditions and problems you might encounter.

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Old 11-12-2006, 03:08 AM
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Hey Gavin,

I just saw your performance at the Montreal Drumfest today, and I was totally blown away, and I mean, literally. On top of that, your Sonor drums sound A.m.a.z.i.n.g , I already knew my next kit was going to be a Sonor, but now i'm only painfully anxious to have it ordered ! Speaking of your kit, I'm guessing it must be a Designer Series, could I have the spec's of the drum shells? I tried looking around but I couldn't find them on your site!

Thanks again, and I hope to see you in montreal again some time soon!
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Old 11-12-2006, 03:52 AM
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Hey Gavin,

Do you know if Porcupine Tree will be touring in the US any time soon? Just wondering. I'd very much like to see you guys play.


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Old 11-12-2006, 06:29 AM
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Hey Gavin,
Just got back home from Montreal. What an amazing time!!!. First let me say it was an honor to meet you. Secondly, your new kit looks incredible and sounds even better, my god that snare sound was just perfect. You really lucked out being able to play as long as you did. I'm not sure if you had a chance to check out any of the other players, but you were the longest set next to Liberty and Dom. Thank you again for playing "Futile," that song ROCKS!! The cymbal song was perfect, i dont understand why you were worried so much about it. "Slippin Away" was a pleasant surprise, i really dig that song now. I especially enjoyed the "dubbed finger rub," that made a bunch of us smile. Of course "Muzak" was fun to watch you play again, and "19 days" was exceptional drumming. I can still hear it in my head. You played one other one that i wasnt familiar with, but i was still stunned (jaw on the floor). And you even found time to put the kitchen sink in! What a treat Gavin!
You guys have set the bar pretty high for yourself with the next album. keep up the good work and stay safe in your travels. Take care and God bless.

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Old 11-12-2006, 02:34 PM
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Hi Tymox,
glad you enjoyed the performance. Yes the drums sounded good to me too. It was a brand new kit that I had not seen or played before. It was a DeLight 8 - 10 - 12 rack toms and 14 - 16 floor toms with a 22 kick. They're the thinnest shells that they make. Why don't you contact Scott Atkins (from Coast Music/JAM Industries) and get that exact set? I will have only played it twice after Monday.

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I just saw your performance at the Montreal Drumfest today, and I was totally blown away, and I mean, literally. On top of that, your Sonor drums sound A.m.a.z.i.n.g , I already knew my next kit was going to be a Sonor, but now i'm only painfully anxious to have it ordered ! Speaking of your kit, I'm guessing it must be a Designer Series, could I have the spec's of the drum shells? I tried looking around but I couldn't find them on your site!

Thanks again, and I hope to see you in montreal again some time soon!
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Old 11-12-2006, 02:37 PM
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Hi Nick,
Our plan is to try to get the new record released by April - and then we will start our touring cycle. I imagine that we will be back in the States/Canada around late May early June.

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Do you know if Porcupine Tree will be touring in the US any time soon? Just wondering. I'd very much like to see you guys play.


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Old 11-12-2006, 02:41 PM
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Hi Mike,
glad you enjoyed it. I had a blast - it all went by so quick - I didn't know how long I had been playing. I was only worried about the technical side of the computer playing back the tracks whilst sending the film to the projector - and it all holding together in sync. Luckily it worked!!!!

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Old 11-12-2006, 05:49 PM
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hello again,
sorry about not sending u the interview questions, have been busy with college, i have a few ready tho....but i guess ill jus mail them all once im done

i watched rythmic visions again and i noticed that ur using two different beaters.....any specific reason behind that ?

also....did u get that bell+splash rack engineered specific to ur requirements or are those racks available ?

the ployrythm videos blew me away....wen id watched the dvd for the first time i wasnt really into polys all that much.....but now....it was insane

inspired by that iv made this ostinato kinda groove in wch i play 3/4 with my feet (bass hat hat).....a cowbell in 4/4 with my left hand......and marching rudiments or simple rolls in odd time with my right hand......wat i do is very basic....but i wud love to kno and or see (if possible) wat u wud do with it.....ill try n tab it out

1 e + a 2 e + a 3 e + a 4 e + a 1 e + a 2 e + a 3 e + a 4 e + a
H x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x
S x xx xxxxxxxx x x x xx xxxxxxxx
B x x x x x x x x x x x
C o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o

(the snare is a bit messed up but im sure ull understand wat iv tried to do)

about the sonor drumkits.....i wasnt too happy with the 505s but i think im in love with the 2005 and will pick that up some time soon

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Old 11-12-2006, 06:00 PM
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ok ther seems to be some problem.....hahah i dint tab it out that way
i guess ill jus write it

bass on b e + b 2 e b a 3 b + a b e + b......and so on

hi hat foot on 1 h h a h h + h h e h h 4 e h h.....and so on

cowbel on 1 + 2 + 3 + 4 + and so on......

and marchin rudiments lik

x x x xxxxx x .....and so on
or simple rolls lik

XxxxxXxxxxXxxxx

or xxxx..xxxx..xxxx (4 over 6)

i hope u get wat im sayin and that i dont seem lik a complete idiot hehehe
please comment on how i cud improvise....somethin that u wud do on this
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Old 11-12-2006, 06:02 PM
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ok ther really seems to be a problem
the marchin rudiments r messed up again
anyway ull kno wat im talkin about

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Old 11-12-2006, 08:49 PM
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hi Gavin,

i have seen you perform a couple of times now in Holland, the last time was in Paradiso.
i have got to say,it was never a dissapointment.
everytime i see you perform it makes me wanna play.
i have bought your latest dvd in paradiso, i liked it very much especially the cymbal song
the lessons are great too but a little bit hard for me for now, but i will keep on trying.
i tried to get to your clinics in Germany but i wasn't able to go.
still hoping for a clinic in Holland.
i have read in a drummagazine in Holland that you are in the next issue in january.
slagwerkkrant, don't know if you ever heard of it.

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Old 11-13-2006, 04:15 AM
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Hi drumbumhamza,
I didn't really understand what you are trying to play. Could you notate it on a stave and scan it?

i watched rythmic visions again and i noticed that ur using two different beaters.....any specific reason behind that ?

No I don't know why either.

also....did u get that bell+splash rack engineered specific to ur requirements or are those racks available ?

No I had it custom made.

Hi Fabian Meinders,
glad you enjoyed the Paradiso concert - we love playing there - it's such a great venue.

Yes I just did an interview with slagwerkkrant - I'm looking forward to seeing it in the magazine.

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Old 11-13-2006, 04:49 AM
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HI Gavin,

as I knew it would be, your set at the festival on Saturday was the big highlight that day, well that and being able to meet you in person. Clayton Cameron's set also stood out for me...amazing what that man can do with brushes. As mentioned by others already, amazing show. If you're asked to return next year would you consider it?

Again I can't tell you how much I appreciated you bringing those items over; they're just what I needed and I've already begun working on them. Many thanks.

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It depends on my performance - if I play like crap - I could be bringing them all home with me!!!! Seriously though - I'll do my best to bring some of the new DVD's.
I didn't see many left...did you leave empty handed?? :-)
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Old 11-13-2006, 02:47 PM
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Thanks Sonor,
glad you liked it. It was pretty daunting going on after such incredible drummers. Todd Sucherman was amazing.

I did sell most of the DVD's that I brought with me.

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Old 11-14-2006, 04:51 PM
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Hi Gavin,

do you get a copy of this interview in English or do you want me to translate it for you.
If you don't get a copy, i will bring it with me the next time pt plays in Holland and i'll try to give it to you,that'll be in Dutch but maybe it's fun to have.

greetings

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Old 11-14-2006, 07:27 PM
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Hi Fabian,
I'd love to see a translation of it - if it's not too much work for you.

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Old 11-15-2006, 01:47 AM
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Hi Gavin,

when I'm working on the excersises of the 1st book, I tend to use the click as a launch and/or marker, in that it begins to sound like part of the beat, almost like an extra snare shot (or shots) so to speak. This really helps me stay where I need to be. Is this something that should eventually weed itself out with more practice because its new? Is that a bad thing?
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Old 11-16-2006, 12:29 AM
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Hi Sonor,
it's important when playing a displacement to make sure that you keep your mind with the click (the 4 beats should remain the 4 beats at all times) - and not to start hearing the click as an echo to the beat your displacing.

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Old 11-16-2006, 04:03 AM
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Hey Gavin,
I was just wondering if you knew where or how I could obtain some drumless Porcupine Tree tracks, if there are any. I saw a video on youtube.com of a guy playing along to a drumless Sound of Muzak. He said he got it from a German drum magazine, but I wouldnt know anything about it living in The States.

Is there anywhere I can buy some tracks, download some or anything?

Also I am very excited because I finally did the math and with my salary I can afford to buy a Sonor Delite shell pack! And knowing you use them I'd like to know if you've had any complaints or positive comments about the drums or hardware or anything. And do you prefer them over the Designers?

Thank you,
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Old 11-16-2006, 04:33 PM
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Hi Steven B,
as far as I know there's no "drum less" versions of any of our songs. I know about the German drum magazine "Drumheads" that made a play along version (backing track recorded by their musicians). You would need to find a drummer that has it that's willing to send you a copy of it.

As far as Delight drums are concerned - I love them. I've just been playing them at the Montreal Drum Fest and they sounded great. I don't think you will be disappointed.

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Old 11-19-2006, 05:11 AM
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Hey Gavin,
What the first song you wrote with Steven Wilson?

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Old 11-19-2006, 02:18 PM
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Hi Mike,
the first song we wrote together was "Futile".

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Old 11-19-2006, 04:21 PM
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Hi Gavin!

I noticed that, for Deadwing, you recorded your drum tracks at home and then Steven Wilson mixed them for the album. Could you tell me how much difference the mixed drums ended up having from the flat drums you recorded? Because I'm recording drum parts for my band's record now and I'm worried how much should the drum sounds be changed or if you're totally cool with having flat drums on a record.

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Old 11-19-2006, 04:41 PM
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Hi Heitor,
yes I recorded the drums pretty flat. There's some small amount of eq going on when I record - but hardly a thing. Then Steve mixes it and adds whatever he thinks is right to make it work in the mix. Sometimes I look at what he's done and usually it's just a little bit of high end on the snare - or we might experiment reversing the phase on the overheads/ or snare bottom that kind of thing. Nothing that different - because I recorded the sound the way I wanted for the song. If it needed such drastic eq to make it work in the mix - I probably should have used different drums/heads/tuning/dampening/cymbals/mic placement/mic choice etc.

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Old 11-19-2006, 07:27 PM
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gavin -- love PT and your playing.

i told my son to get me the PT 5.1 DVD for Christmas. you guys and your production team are absolutely tremendous when it comes to 5.1 mixes!!!

it's great to know that a 52 year old fart like me can STILL find great bands and music out there. :-)
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Old 11-21-2006, 09:39 PM
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it's important when playing a displacement to make sure that you keep your mind with the click (the 4 beats should remain the 4 beats at all times) - and not to start hearing the click as an echo to the beat your displacing.

cheers
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Thanks for the reply, Gavin. I've been working on using the left foot in place of/along with the click and its coming along...slowly. It's very satisfying once you get through an excersise because its so easy to get thrown off, and frustrated! If I'm at the point of frustration I usually walk away and come back to it later.

I was wondering, what size and kind of snare were you using at the festival?
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Old 11-22-2006, 12:45 AM
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Hi Sonor,
stick with it - it's only a question of mind over matter. Your limbs are playing something you’ve done a thousand times - but the perception of placement has changed in your mind. It's a good workout for your mental rhythmic control.

The snare I used at the festival was the same that I use on my DVD a 12x5 Sonor designer.

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Hey Gavin,

Would you happen to know what kind of preamp Steven uses for his vocals. I know he's a fan of the Neumann U87 mic, but have no clue what pres he's using.

Hope all is going well with the recording progress. Can't wait to get my hands on the album (legally!!!)

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Hi Kenneth,
I'm not really sure - I know he has an Apogee 2Track - I imagine that he would plug it straight into that.

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Gavin you said the first song you wrote with Steven Wilson was "Futile". Can you explain how the writing proccess for that was?

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Hi Steven,
that track originally started life as a load of drum ideas - that I wanted to try out. I was looking to write a song I could play at drum clinics. I asked Steve Wilson if he would help write such a piece. I played him the sections I had recorded and he took them away and wrote the song around them. Simple as that. Then Richard and Colin added their magic to it and that's what you hear. As a coincidence the record company were looking for an EP that they could send out to "metal radio stations" and the song seemed ideal - as it was one of the heaviest things we'd recorded.

The clip from my DVD is a bit of a trimmed down version of the song - and I play a solo over one of the guitar riffs. We don't play it like this live.

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