Pink Floyd’s legendary drummer Nick Mason was recently interviewed by Raised on Radio and talked about the beginning of Pink Floyd as well as David Gilmour and Syd Barrett.

As you might check out the conversation below, Nick stated that that the absence of David Gilmour make him feel more relaxed for being on the wheel for a while.

Here is what Pink Floyd’s Nick Mason said about Syd Barrett, transcribed by Ultimate Guitar:

“I think the jury’s still out, in a way, in terms of what really happened to Syd, and I think it’s something that’ll never really be answered because there are really two schools of thought.

One was that it was overdosing on acid, which certainly is quite likely. But, it could also be to do with the fact that actually he didn’t want to be a rock god.

He actually wanted to go back and be a painter, and I think we now feel that we probably – well, we certainly weren’t helpful because we assumed that would mean he was mad.”

An Interviewer asked:

“Is it kind of a bit of a relief as well to not have Roger and David Gilmour there, to be just your project for a while?”

Nick made a really bold response:

“Oh yeah, to be put from ship’s cook to ship’s captain is fantastic for me.”

Mick also named his all-time favorite drummer. Here is what he said:

“There were inevitably more than one, though Ginger Baker was the drummer who actually put me where I am now because seeing Cream live, I think they were playing at the Regent Street Public, I just said, ‘Now, that’s what I’d like to hear.’

I was playing drums, but not that enthusiastically. It was suddenly the drummer who actually was an equal partner in the trio rather than have the back on them.”

You can listen to the whole interview below.

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