In a new interview on W*F Podcast, Roger Waters talked about his time in Pink Floyd.
On musical contribution, he said (via UG):
“I was never that intellectual about it. It’s something that happened, that development. Now I understand a lot more than I did about it.
“What happened was that the band became popular, and my major contribution to rock ‘n’ roll, if you like – I’ve written some decent songs but it was really to develop the theater of arena rock, which I did almost single-handedly back in the mid-’70s.”
“More recently over the years, I’ve come to realize that actually, I have quite a sophisticated musical brain and that I get a lot of things that other people don’t notice.”
When asked what made him realize that, Roger said:
“Getting away from Pink Floyd, I think. I’m serious, I think it was really important that I got away when I did. Well, I was in a very toxic environment where I was around some people…
“Well, David [Gilmour, guitar] and Rick [Wright, keyboards] mainly were always trying to drag me down.
“They were always trying to knock me off.”