Scott Henderson: This is the most record company support we've ever had in the history of this band. It's the only reason we've been able to tour the states. As you know, we didn't tour the last two years. It's not our fault! It's really due to crappy support from our old record company.
Scott Henderson: It's pretty expensive, yeah. We're not really out on the road to make money, but we don't want to lose money either. So thanks to Zebra Records, and they've been really nice and supportive in the states. They've been amazing. They're making it easy...well, not easy. It's not easy driving around the states in a van, but we're able to do it.
Scott Henderson: Touring in Europe is a lot easier for sure because there is smaller distances between the cities. Driving the states is a lot harder. I don't care. I love to play every night. I pretty much live for the road. I love to be on the road. I just don't want to have to pay to play like some of the bands in L.A.
Scott Henderson: If you choose to play in certain places. We don't play those kinds of rooms. We have a blues trio I'm thinking seriously about taking on the road next year, me, Kirk (Covington), and John Humphreys. That's another really fun band that I play in.
Scott Henderson: Yeah, absolutely. For sure!
Scott Henderson: Yeah, I'm writing for it. I don't have that many tunes yet, but I haven't really had a slice of time to do it. I keep going out on the road. I finally graduated to a hard disc recording system and that took me a little while to get together. So finally the studios done and I can start recording, like whenever.
Scott Henderson: If I'm not on the road with Tribal Tech, I'm trying to be on the road with the trio. I try to stay on the road as much as I can.
Scott Henderson: I love it at home, but you can't play here. You can't play in L.A. every night. We're lucky to play once a week here. It's just the nature of being a musician. People won't pay to see you every single week. You have to travel and change your audience to be able to play every night.
Scott Henderson: Yeah, we've been really lucky that we've got guys that appreciate what we're doing. They like this kind of music and they are willing to make sacrifice to play, especially in the states. They're willing to go out without a road manager and crew and it's really hard. But they're like us. They love playing every night.
Scott Henderson: Well, we try to get help doing that. We pay people. We give them free T-shirts if they'll help us load. We're lazy by nature. Actually that is the only exercise we get on the road. I'm better at lifting my gear than I am at playing my guitar.
Scott Henderson: Yeah, those guys are great. Great players. That was kind of Steve's project. He just called us up and he had all ready spoke to Mike Varney (Shrapnel Records) about it and had wanted to play with me and Victor. So, there you go. We did it really fast. We wrote all the music and recorded it in ten days. I hear things in it now that I'm not really satisfied with, but I hear that in every project that I do.
Scott Henderson: We're going to do another one in December. Those guys are great players, they learn fast and they really make things happen quickly. They have really good ideas. Not just as players, but writing stuff. Victor's a monster man, he's incredible.
Scott Henderson: You know, just a second. It was like we couldn't think of anything else. (laughs) The height of creativity.
Scott Henderson: It's both. At first, when we decided to do the record, it was going to be an all inprov record. I was okay with that. But I brought this tune, "Dr. Hee" in and cause I thought let's start with this, and this would be the only tune on the record. We recorded that one and we all liked working in a composed music format. We decided to compose some tunes for the record, and then we decided let's do all tunes. That sort of put a lot of pressure on me because being the guy with the writing instrument, I had to do most of the work. I was thinking that I don't know if I can write five or six more tunes in ten days. I usually take my time when I write, so I was really under the gun to write that quick.
Scott Henderson: I'm not displeased with it. I just know I can write better stuff if I had more time. That's the whole point is to go in there and kick ass and do it really fast. Sort of music boot camp!