Mike Mangini spoke to MusicRadar recently to discuss all things DREAM THEATER and what it was like recording the new album, which was released on Monday. You can read an extract from that interview below:
“Music doesn’t lie,” says Mike Mangini, Dream Theater’s new man on the drum throne. “All it can do is tell the truth. If you listen to A Dramatic Turn Of Events, you can tell that I have total respect for the band and the music, and that my mission was to enhance these amazing musicians and make what they do sound better.”
What have you learned about yourself since recording the new Dream Theater record and the summer touring you’ve done?
“I have learned that I’ve always had the choice to be who and what I am now, even when I didn’t think so. I’m a better listener, on and off the stage, and I’m more in tune with what somebody else thinks and feels.
“Clearly, I’ve had the choice to be that way since I was seven or whatever. But like anybody, I’ve had ups and downs and got in my own way. It’s like the person you are and the person you want to be are two different things. Being in this band has allowed me to understand the person that was always inside of me, the better person. It’s allowed me to choose the best option, and that’s been really nice.”