What prompted you to try to prepare a piano in the first place? What about it initially intrigued you?
The short answer is I wanted to play piano without being a classical robot or some schmuck doing BVs and playing bad synth hooks in a covers band. I distinctly remember the turning point being playing in a certain commercial radio broadcaster’s comedy show about 10 years ago. While playing the synth pads for the intro to ‘Walking in Memphis’ I thought to myself (completely ripped to dull the pain), man, all those hours of practising Beethoven and Bach to perfection over 14 years and it’s come this…I thought just before I reached for the cowbell for the chorus. Something had to be done. This is best solution I could come up with.
What have you learnt from piano preparation? What continues to interest you?
A big thing I’ve learnt is that the piano is a powerful cultural icon across the board – to mess with it so intimately is blasphemy for some.
Anthony Pateras interviewed by Bob Baker Fish