Mike Mangini says making Dream Theater’s concept album The Astonishing was a mind-blowing experience.
He tells Artisan News (via Blabbermouth): “John Petrucci put together the whole thing, and he organised it in a really amazing way. And then he used our keyboard player, Jordan.
“When he plays, you see things, you see a landscape, you’ve got a picture in your mind. It’s so visual, it’s unbelievable. There really is nobody better to help bring a story to life, so you feel it and see it. It’s not something I do on my instrument. So when I experience it, it blows my mind.”
But the 52-year-old admits that he finds the creative process demanding at times.
He says: “The biggest challenge for me was interpreting the initial music that was given to me, because there were no drums.
“A lot of my career is working with people that write music, and the biggest challenge is, ‘What can I do that makes sense to them and still makes sense to myself?’ So it’s like being two people at once. It’s interesting.”