Came across this interview with Trey Gunn and Pat Mastelotto today:
Interesting quotes by Pat:
[Interviewer]: Why did you make a huge jump from pop/ pop rock to progressive music, that is a complicate genre?
Well, I don’t quite view it like that. I just view it as music. It’s pop music, jazz music. It’s electronic music, world music, it’s all music. Mr. Mister, Hall & Oats, many, many things I did. Pointer Sisters, The Rembrandts, who had the big TV song – but I still like progressive music. I like arty music, so even as a little boy, I listened to [King] Crimson, Genesis, Peter Gabriel and these bands, so that’s always an underlying influence of who I am as a person.
[Interviewer]: King Crimson, the most important band of progressive rock – you’re like the survivors of that genre.
Yeah, King Crimson is active again now for the last 2 and a half years. Very different band now, 7 people in the band and 3 drummers. So I hope we come to play in Mexico perhaps next year with King Crimson.
[Interviewer]: How can you define the current sound of King Crimson now?
I think King Crimson is its own genre. People say it sounds like King Crimson when they talk about Primus or other bands, so King Crimson is its own genre.
[Interviewer]: Why make [an improvised] song so long, because they last even more than 5 or 20 minutes?
We don’t try to make a song any particular length. When you’re working up a piece of music, the music tells you how long it needs to be. As you rehearse it, you’d go, “This just feels too long,” or “it feels like it needs to go longer.” You just have a feeling as a musician.