Dane Prokofiev did a profile on Mike Portnoy for PopMatters last week, mainly covering his involvement with PSMS, which is only one of six bands MP is currently in.
If you have not kept up with Portnoy, the group also includes former DT keyboardist Derek Sherinian in addition to Billy Sheehan, and Tony MacAlpine. The band will be playing selections from each of the members’ past works, including Dream Theater and Liquid Tension Experiment.
“When I play Dream Theater or Liquid Tension Experiment music with these guys, everything has a little bit of a different feel as they are different players [from members of my previous bands],” he says. “Also, I have never been the type to play my drum parts in precisely the same manner from night to night, even when I was with Dream Theater.”
Every one of the six bands Portnoy is currently involved in is musically different from one another. PSMS plays virtuosic instrumental music with heavy and progressive metal elements; Adrenaline Mob is a hard rock/metal band; Flying Colors is a straight-ahead pop/alternative band with progressive elements; the band that Portnoy shares with Richie Kotzen and Billy Sheehan mostly plays classic rock; Transatlantic plays pure classic/progressive rock; Neal Morse’s band plays progressive rock.
Check out the full article, “Confessions of a Workaholic: An Interview with Mike Portnoy,” here.