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Billy Sherwood

Interviewed by Gary Hill

Interview with Billy Sherwood from 2017

MSJ:

It's been a couple years or so since we last did an interview with you. What's new in the world of Billy Sherwood?

Just about to start mixing a Chris Squire tribute record I'm producing for Cleopatra Records - sounds wonderful. It's filled with a lot of great guest artists. I'm very proud of it, and I think it honors Chris in a very nice way. Other than that I'm writing music for a new solo record.

MSJ:

What can you tell us about the new live Yes album?

It's just been released. Great performances from our Drama/Tales... tour. It's got a great energy on it from tip to tail

MSJ:

Are there plans for recording a studio album?

I hope so... Yes is about forward motion, and so a new record would be something I'd be into.

MSJ:

What's the best thing that's ever been said about your music?

Keep making more of it

MSJ: What's ahead for you?

Yes touring starting February and through the year, as it's the 50th anniversary of Yes

MSJ:

What was the last CD you bought and/or what have you been listening to lately?

In my off time , which is rare I tend to play video games (laughter).... After hours on end working on music, music is the last thing I want to listen to.

MSJ:

Have you read any good books lately?

Only the manual for my new Behringer console (laughter). It's a good read!

MSJ:

Have you played any great new video games we should know about?

I'm still into Battlefield 4. Not an easy game to play in multiplayer mode, but.... a lot of fun if you're a nerd like I am.

MSJ:

What about the last concert you attended for your enjoyment?

Roger Waters. It was amazing!

MSJ: Do you remember your first concert?

Earth Wind and Fire.... they were epic!

MSJ:

Have you come across any new gear recently that you love?

My Behringer console which I use for my bass rig. It serves as my mixer, blending sounds, etcetera, and also as my in ear monitoring board - all operated by my iPad which is mounted on my mic stand. I love it! That and the new TC Electronics VoiceLive 3, which serves as my vocal sound for live. I also use Tech 21 amps and Spector basses!

MSJ: Are there any closing thoughts you would like to get out there?

Thanks to those who follow and support my musical adventures!

MSJ: This interview is available in book format (hardcover and paperback) in Music Street Journal: 2018  Volume 1 at lulu.com/strangesound.
 
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