During a recent interview with UG, Roger Waters’ guitarist Dave Kilminster talked about working with Steven Wilson as a touring musician and on his latest studio record “To the Bone” – on which Dave only performed backing vocals on four tracks.
You worked with Steven Wilson. Can you tell us what are the main differences between working with Roger Waters and Steven Wilson?
“Money. [Laughs] I’m just kidding.”
You’re not kidding.
“[Laughs] I mean, it’s probably easier to point out the similarities. They’re both perfectionists, which I love. Again, Steven’s very fussy. In fact, Steven’s probably fussier than Roger about guitar sounds, because he’s a guitarist. So it was more difficult to make him happy. He wants the right effects for the right solos.
“There’s certain things that he hates, like vibrato, which is a very personal thing for a guitarist to have. Hates it. Any sort of vibrato. Doesn’t like it on voice, doesn’t like it on guitar. And I tried to work with him in the studio once and it was a complete nightmare. I was gonna do a solo, so I played a note. ‘No, no! No vibrato!’
“For me, I just sound like a beginner then. Because you’re not adding any personality or inflections and stuff. To make him happy was kinda tough. And he’s such a great guitarist. He should do it himself, which is obviously what he did on the latest album [2017’s ‘To the Bone’] when he played most of the guitar parts.
“I knew he was gonna do that, so I just sort of went, ‘If you want, I could sing some backing vocals.’ So I ended up singing on four or five tracks on the new album. I was really happy with that actually.”