"Although I came out of the MP&E Department many years ago and was a drum performance major before that, ultimately I believe the song is the core of everything. It's the beginning and end of all communication. Even if you're improvising, you're really just making a song extemporaneously. My focus in teaching technology within the Songwriting Department is trying to connect the technology to the emotion of the song."
"I've been privileged to work with talented musicians from all over the world whose approaches and concept of what a song is varies massively. But whether your inspiration is Miles, Lennon, Mos Def, or a tribal ritual, the source material comes back to the communication of the song."
"I love working with all kinds of technology and all kinds of instruments. New engineers, producers, songwriters are too easily enamored with thinking one tool is superior to another. What's more important is finding how each tool can be valuable in your bag of tricks. It matters not what technology you use or whether you use technology at all. All that matters is that you arrive at a recording that has the sonic and emotional impact that enhances the song."
"We are all privileged to be making recordings at a point in history when the technology is so portable, so accessible, and so able to cross languages and borders. I've been inspired by this and aim to inspire all of my students."