Staying Live

Hi Katy, Wow, it's been over 10 years. I haven't realized I've been going to so long. Thanks to you and the band (of course!) for keeping it going! I have a question for Nick:

With so much sequencing technology available through the years, why do you play so many parts manually? I think playing in-time is especially challenging for a keyboardist. I was always wondering if this is something the band challenged you to do time after time? Which song is your least favorite to play for that reason? And by the way -- congratulations on RED CARPET MASSACRE! Thanks, Alexey

“Hi Alexey. I think you always have to find a balance with technology and certainly in live shows it’s important that the music feels vibrant and not completely robotic. Whilst I am completely committed to sequencing, it is also often more interesting to play live parts – both on the albums and in the shows. Certain sequencers obviously have to remain programmed – for example, rhythm units or very fast repetitive electronic pulses but for other parts that I played manually on the albums, I like to try and do the same for the shows. Besides, I would get very bored if we just stuck it all in the machines! There are not really any songs that I don’t like to play live – there is always a way to figure them out because if we created them in the first place it means you can always repeat the experience. NR”