Something Else! Interviews

David Bowie’s Let’s Dance illustrated the durability of Chic’s hitmaking sound

David Bowie’s Let’s Dance illustrated the durability of Chic’s hitmaking sound

Credit David Bowie for understanding how to cast his latest iteration. But also Chic for having the goods to make that nascent vision a reality.

Gary Burton in Nashville: 1960’s Tennessee Firebird was a fusion album like no other

Gary Burton in Nashville: 1960’s Tennessee Firebird was a fusion album like no other

Gary Burton’s country-jazz experiment ‘Tennessee Firebird’ broke every rule. He joins Tom Wilmeth to discuss a gutsy decision to record in Nashville.

Terry Day, of the Continuous Music Ensemble and the People Band: Something Else! Interview

Terry Day, of the Continuous Music Ensemble and the People Band: Something Else! Interview

Terry Day, who rose to fame with the Continuous Music Ensemble and the People Band, inspires those around him to seek a little further.

Michael Sherwood on Toto XIV, Michael Jackson + Steve Porcaro: Something Else! Interview

Michael Sherwood on Toto XIV, Michael Jackson + Steve Porcaro: Something Else! Interview

Michael Sherwood, a long-time collaborator with Steve Porcaro, discusses ‘Toto XIV,’ working with Michael Jackson and his old band Lodgic.

Toto IV found Toto at an early career crossroads: ‘We wanted to make something great’

Toto IV found Toto at an early career crossroads: ‘We wanted to make something great’

The story of Toto can be divided to before April 8, 1982, and after. That’s when they released ‘Toto IV,’ still the biggest album of their lengthy career.

Steve Lukather on Toto’s overlooked Yes connections: ‘Shameless nods to our heroes? Sure’

Steve Lukather on Toto’s overlooked Yes connections: ‘Shameless nods to our heroes? Sure’

As a 2015 summer tour featuring Toto and Yes is announced, Steve Lukather talks about how two seemingly very different bands overlap.

Jefferson Starship, “Find Your Way Back” from Modern Times (1981): One Track Mind

Jefferson Starship, “Find Your Way Back” from Modern Times (1981): One Track Mind

Released this week in 1981 as part of ‘Modern Times,’ “Find Your Way Back” represents the zenith of Jefferson Starship’s heavier-rocking period.

Silk Degrees launched Boz Scaggs’ solo career, and Toto too: ‘So much talent and invention’

Silk Degrees launched Boz Scaggs’ solo career, and Toto too: ‘So much talent and invention’

Boz Scaggs released his biggest-ever hit this month in 1976, providing the big-bang moment for an up-and-coming band named Toto along the way.

John Wetton, Geoff Downes say success nearly killed Asia: ‘The pressure got to some of us’

John Wetton, Geoff Downes say success nearly killed Asia: ‘The pressure got to some of us’

Released this week in 1982, ‘Asia’ heralded a sure-fire supergroup. By 1983, they’d split. John Wetton and Geoff Downes tell us what went wrong.

Leslie Johnson, bassist and producer: Something Else! Interview

Leslie Johnson, bassist and producer: Something Else! Interview

Preston Frazier has a Something Else! Sitdown with producer, bass player, composer and multi-instrumentalist Leslie Johnson.