What instruments did you use whilst you were playing in Japan?
During the Japan period my synths were the Roland System 700 Lab series semi modular, the MicroMoog and the Oberheim OBX. I started using the Prophet 5 on the last Japan tours, but from 1983 onwards I’d say that synth has probably been on every recording I’ve been involved with. It was the first analogue polysynth that could store patches and this revolutionised live performances for me since I used so many different sounds on the record and could now reproduce those live. I recently acquired the new Prophet 5 rev 4.
You have quite an extensive back catalogue of music, both solo projects and collaborations - namely Porcupine Tree and Steve Hogarth. How did those come about and were you given free reign to create your own sounds for those bands?
I'm always given free reign to create sounds and parts. Apart from the two bands I have been a member of (Japan & Porcupine Tree) I’ve made collaborative albums with Steve Hogarth (Marillion), Tim Bowness (No Man), Steve Jansen, Mick Karn, David Sylvian and recently released my fourth solo album. One naturally gets drawn into working with other artists that you find interesting. I’ve never been a session player and don’t have that mentality so when working on other people's material, I’m free to do my own thing and that’s the reason people ask me to be involved.