During a recent interview with Face Culture from Holland, A Perfect Circle guitarist Billy Howerdel has revealed how he working with Tool frontman Maynard James Keenan.
“I don’t usually start a project until I’ve got a good collection together. So, I’ve had a decent amount of songs already underway and kind of a direction for the record, but you never know where it’s going to be fleshed out. It depends on how Maynard is going to sing to it and how much energy is going to it. This time, for ‘Eat The Elephant’, Maynard had a lot of input to the overall energy to things, too.
He had a lot of things he wanted to accomplish. He wasn’t in the room with me working with me. [Producer] Dave Sardy, I asked to work with an outside producer. I told Dave from the beginning, ‘You’re going to be representing Maynard’s point of view as he’s not going to be here. S
o, you’re here to fight me on my point of view because he’s not here to represent himself.’ It’s an exercise in dropping your ego which I suggest you never try. No, it’s good.”
He also shared what he learned from Maynard, and said:
“I have to go back and think. Simplicity. He’s big on simplicity. Tempo. I think he gravitates toward slower things.
I probably did too, in the beginning. I think there’s just more things to groove in a way in a way of a syncopated rhythm that I tend to write in.”
You can watch the entire interview below. Click here to source of the statements. (Blabbermouth)