He also speaks of playing different styles of music:
– Since, really, the inception of Deep Purple in the late 60s, it’s been known to my buddies in the band that I kind of wore two hats. While I’m doing one kind of music, of course I give it 100% my attention and my ability, but I always felt I didn’t want to be one musician. I wanted to be as many musicians as I could split myself into.
On learning about himself as a musician in Deep Purple and now as a solo artist:
– You know what is wonderful about it is I can still look back and know that I enjoyed every second of the Deep Purple music making. And nothing that I’m doing now is in any way a negation of that time. I learned an enormous amount about myself as a musician from being in the band, and now I’m learning as much as I can about myself as a musician by being out in the big wide world.