Dream Theater keyboardist and Liquid Tension Experiment member, Jordan Rudess, was recently interviewed by Peter Orullian’s ‘Breaking Abolutes’ this week and talked about the upcoming DT album as well as his career before and outside with Dream Theater.

As you may follow his career, Rudess is a New-York based musician who is best known as a long-time member of Dream Theater. While he released more than 20 albums with DT, he also released 18 solo albums as a solo, including his latest recording ‘Rockestra’ which was released last month.

In his latest ever interview, while he talked about his inspirations during his 40 years of career, he mentioned many stars like Jimmy T, John Petrucci, and of course, the late guitar god Jimi Hendrix. While admitting that many musicians can play better than Jimi these days because of the evolution in the music scene, he also stated that Hendrix was dripping with coolness.

Here is what he said:

“I was talking to somebody the other day, and they were saying, ‘Who is the musician that you would want to play with, dead or alive?’

I said, ‘You know what, it’s probably Jimi Hendrix.’ And they said, ‘Why?’ Because they expected me to say some keyboard player, I said, ‘Because Hendrix was the master of cool.’ The guy was just dripping.

Most guitar players can play better than Jimi Hendrix these days because the art of playing the guitar has evolved. But Hendrix was dripping with coolness, the LSD was literally pouring off of him, whatever it was. He was the coolest.

And I think about him when I’m in that rock solo space, that I just want to embody that, and it’s just an emotion, it’s just a feeling, and I just want to play and get there. Obviously, I’ll be playing more notes than that and virtuosic phrases, but that element of coolness is really important to me.”

Jordan Rudess continued his statement:

“And the way that I get that is very much kind of like – just go for it. A lot of times if I go for a solo – granted if I understand the harmonies and the rhythms that are behind it, sometimes it takes a little longer, but if I get it and I can just go for it, and get the emotion and the feeling.

That’s the most important thing to me. And often, I don’t mean this to just come out egotistical, I really don’t, but often it’ll happen on the first take. And then if it doesn’t, that’s when trouble happens because then I start to overthink it.

All that being said, I will say that on the latest Dream Theater album [2019’s ‘Distance Over Time’], which, of course, is going to be really hard to sit on, I took a little bit of a different approach. I did that, I let it pour out.”

You can watch the interview below.

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