What lesson have you learned in your career that you would tell a young person wanting to be a successful musician?
I’d tell them make music that they love; music that lights them up, that makes them resonate like a bell that’s been struck. I’d tell them never to try to guess what people might like, but always follow their own instincts.
When can we expect some new music from you, and will you play any on tour?
I’m hoping to make a new album next year, and yes, there should be a few new songs in these upcoming shows.
You can only fit one album by another artist is it?on your device — what
Only one album? Well, because it’s so gloriously long, Mahler’s 3rd Symphony. Michael Tilson Thomas and the San Francisco Symphony.
You’re curating a music festival. Who’s on the bill, alive or dead?
Robert Johnson, Prince Nico Mbarga, Aretha Franklyn, Judee Sill and Mulatu Astatke.
After all the touring, what do you like to do most, when you come back home?
Going out to a West Coast beach to watch the sea, with a hip flask of single malt, and Mulatu Astatke on the headphones.