Video exclusive: Toto’s David Paich on the long-awaited all-star debut from Nathan East

David Paich has been involved with his share of million-selling projects, from Michael Jackson’s Thriller to Boz Scaggs’ Silk Degrees to Toto’s IV. There’s a similar atmosphere surrounding Nathan East’s forthcoming first-ever solo studio effort: “I’m getting goose bumps,” Paich says in this exclusive video, “and I’m not one of those guys who says: ‘I’m getting goosebumps.’ But it’s been happening to me on this project.”

Paich has gotten to know the bassist over the course of their regular tours together in Toto since 2010. Previous to that, East rose to fame as a member of Fourplay, and has also worked with Eric Clapton, Phil Collins, Herbie Hancock and Stevie Wonder over the years. Most recently, East thumped his way through “Get Lucky,” Daft Punk’s you-heard-it-everywhere hit.

In keeping with someone of that stature in the music world, his long-awaited solo debut Nathan East — due March 25, 2014 via Chris Gero’s Yamaha Entertainment — will feature Paich, Wonder, Sara Bareilles and Michael McDonald. The set includes several originals, as well as a cover of Wonder’s “Sir Duke,” which made its television premiere earlier this month on Arsenio Hall’s show.

“Every once in a while, I project comes up like this,” Paich says. “You know, when I worked on Thriller with Michael Jackson and Paul McCartney and Quincy Jones, it had elements of this vibe to it — which is: Everything is aligned right in the stars. The right musicians are on it, the right stars are chosen, the right casting for the songs.”

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Nick DeRiso

Over a 30-year career, Nick DeRiso has also explored music for USA Today, All About Jazz, Ultimate Classic Rock and a host of others. Honored as columnist of the year five times by the Associated Press, Louisiana Press Association and Louisiana Sports Writers Association, he oversaw a daily section named Top 10 in the nation by the AP before co-founding Something Else! Contact him at nderiso@somethingelsereviews.com.