In a recent interview with Rick Beato on his YouTube channel, Tool frontman Maynard James Keenan talked about how Tool functioned and why the band’s creative process took notoriously long.
Maynard James Keenan, the frontman of the bands A Perfect Circle and Puscifer alongside Tool, has been working on various projects. Keenan has released three studio albums in the course of three years. Maynard has worked on A Perfect Circle’s 2018 album ‘Eat the Elephant,’ Tool’s 2019 album ‘Fear Inoculum,’ and Puscifer’s 2020 album ‘Existential Reckoning.’
It is also known that Keenan is a wine enthusiast who has expressed interest in winemaking. He has been the owner of a modest winery in Jerome, Arizona, for over a decade. He turned his hobby into a fully functioning winery as he founded the ‘Caduceus Cellars’ in 2004. In addition to his winery, Keenan has opened a Puscifer merchandise store in Jerome.
As for many bands, the creative process may take a while before releasing the final product. This period may take a shorter while or it may take much longer. The latter seems to be the case for Tool. Keenan recently discussed this issue and how the band’s creative process progressed in an interview with Rick Beato. He revealed that every band member was included in the process, and everyone had the final say.
Keenan explained that the process was similar to building a house, with every member adding to one another’s work. The band would create a foundation, and Keenan would start working on it. The frontman also mentioned that the decisions are made diplomatically and that he is not the sole decision maker.
He further continued:
”No… it has to be by committee. Even if it’s f*cking death by committee. It has to be by the committee because you have to trust each other at the end of the day for it to be the full-encompassing piece with several sets of eyes (and ears on it).”
You can watch the entire interview on YouTube below: