Rolling Stone (yes, Rolling Stone) has a fascinating interview with Jeff Mills by Elias Leight. Mills has been touring and recording with Tony Allen, legendary Afrobeat percussionist and one of the men who put steel in the spine of Fela Kuti’s Africa 70 and Egypt 80 organizations.
Ahead of their new project, Mills speaks about what it was like to rehearse and jam with someone of common mind but radically different origins:
“That made me understand the way that he played and how he treats each drum to kind of symbolize certain things. Then once he understood that I was curious about the way that he was playing, he began to explain more, like the relationship between the hi-hat, the kick drum and the snare, and gave me a small demonstration and showed me. Then I thought about that and then came up with something slightly different on the drum machine.”