Jon Fishman

368 – Jon Fishman (Phish) Part 1: The art of constant evolution

What can be said about Jon Fishman that hasn’t already been said? Fishman and his band Phish have been going strong for 35 years with a legion of fans that follows them around the country. Whether they’re playing at one of their multiple-day festivals that attract upwards of 75K people or selling out Madison Square Garden 13 nights in a row like their recent “Bakers Dozen” stand, Jon and Phish are constantly reinventing themselves. Phish is notorious for their improvisational jams that can last up to 20 minutes and for having a different set list very night, which keeps Fishman on his toes night-after-night. That uncertainty allows him the room to grow, experiment and evolve as a player.

Jon Fishman talks about:

  • Reopening the Lincolnville General Store
  • Finding his long lost relative
  • Lessons learned as a younger drummer
  • Dealing with fame and coming to grips with it
  • Whether great drummers are born or made
  • Developing your own sound and why it takes a long time to get there
  • An all important lesson he learned in New Orleans early in his career
  • Maturing behind the kit
  • Why a simple groove is good enough
  • Advice for playing in odd time
  • Interchanging implied feels
  • The good and bad about self evaluation
  • Actively listening vs passively listening
  • Much more

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