Guitarist Paul Gilbert explains Mr. Big’s long-established filter for new songs to make the cut
Mr. Big guitarist Paul Gilbert, lead vocalist Eric Martin, bassist Billy Sheehan and drummer Pat Torpey were recently interviewed by Bass Player and the band members talked about the process of choosing the songs for their new upcoming album Defying Gravity, which will be released via Frontiers Music Srl on July 7, 2017.
Gilbert stated: “It’s inspiring to work with Mr. Big… I know that any ideas I bring into the studio have to go through our long-established band filter, which means the songs all have to rock, have melody, and put a grin on the faces of all of my bandmates to make the final cut.”
Torpey added: “That’s what makes a band a band… I think we all feel that way. It’s not one guy’s vision that the other guys all just follow. We’re always kicking ideas around to come to some kind of consensus. And that makes Mr. Big music what it is.”
In terms of the band’s new song “1992”, Gilbert advised: “That was an incredible period in our lives, right when the rumblings of grunge were starting to happen… So here I am writing about and tweaking something that was so positive in just about every way, but it did open the world to us. Suddenly, we were playing stadiums in Indonesia, just going all over the place. And to this day, whenever we start a tour, we end up going all around the world. That whole era, back when we all still had giant hair(!), really opened the door for us. Thankfully, people still gravitate toward the underlying thing that is still important, and that’s the music.”
You can read the rest of the interview with Mr. Big at Bass Player.
Mr. Big‘s “1992” song:
Subscribe To Be Alerted When We Add New Videos – http://radi.al/SubscribeFrontiers / From the album DEFYING GRAVITY.