During the recent interview with Etic’s Live, Deep Purple members spoke about a lot of topics. But only one is very interesting. Singer Ian Gillan has shared the process of writing new songs. He also talked on the band’s dynamics.
Ian Gillan said that “we’ve done everything together since then. It’s a bit like the way John Lennon and Paul McCartney used to work”. Here’s the statement:
“With Deep Purple, it’s always been the same. It’s part of the English way — it changes every day, but the elements remain the same. I’ve worked with Roger Glover since I was about 20; I was in a band called Episode Six in ’65.
He taught me how to write songs. We’ve done everything together since then. It’s a bit like the way John Lennon and Paul McCartney used to work insofar as sometimes Roger writes everything, sometimes I write everything and sometimes we do it together, but the music always comes first.
It starts the same every day, during the recording and writing session. We go into a big office six days a week. We meet up, make a cup of tea, talk about football, family, cars, rubbish; then either Ian Paice or Don or anyone kicks off and starts jamming.
We jam for six hours every day, stop for tea at three o’clock and somebody else records anything that is interesting, which we review, mostly Roger — he’s our bookkeeper — and he says, ‘That was interesting what you did Tuesday afternoon.
Let’s have a go at trying to turn that into a song.‘ We all gather around, have a listen to it: ‘Yeah, that was a nice lick, a nice groove. Maybe we can build it into something.‘ That’s what happens. Eventually, we got a short list of ideas and some of them really do develop into good songs and some of them fall by the wayside.”
Deep Purple’s latest album, “Infinite”, was released on October 31, 2018. This album was their 20th studio album.
Watch the entire interview from below.