Interview with Ches Smith 

Source: 15 questions.

I am a natural collaborator, probably due to me being a middle child, and/or a libra. I’ve always felt like myself when in a group setting. In fact, when I started doing solo shows regularly with my Congs For Brums project in 2006, it took me a long time to not hate it.

I think adding electronics to my set up, and allowing the inevitable mistakes and out-of-control moments gave me something to react and respond to—that is when I started enjoying it, because it felt more like “a group,” instead of only me providing the input.