Sola Akingbola interview at

Added on Saturday 26 November 2005, 19:15 (UTC)

Drumming website, features an extensive interview with Sola where he discusses the on stage communication with Derrick (admits thatDerrick thought he had an odd name), confirms that a greatest hits album is on the way, gives an in depth insight to his teaching history and style and talks about what it is like working in the band with Jay...

"I tell you, if Jay was less successful at making people dance, he’d be taken a lot more seriously as a musician. He’s an incredible showman, but he’s also got this weird knack – you give him some difficult Jazz progressions, where someone else would want it simpler and more straightforward, Jay likes it as quirky and as mad and angular as possible. And he’ll still string a melody around it that’s so simple and catchy and funky and danceable. Jay’s got it going on all the time, his energy level is just frightening. The main thing about working in the band with Jay is that whatever he needs, he needs it NOW. If he wants a drum part, he’ll sing it to you and you have to play it back NOW, you can’t go home and work on it and bring it in tomorrow, you have to give it instantly. I tell my students who are into football, I feel like I’m playing in the Champion’s League: you get one chance to score a goal and you’ve got to take it. But it’s good. I enjoy that kind of pressure."

The full interview with Sola is featured at the Mike Dolbear Drums website.

Credit: Deesha Dyer

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