I drove out to Mike’s that day, which is way out in the woods of Vermont at the top of a hill with a crazy, winding driveway. His wife, Sue, answered the door graciously and explained that she and Tessa, their daughter, were on their way to the library. (Tessa was shy, of course.)
I climbed a few flights of stairs to the top floor, which is a rehearsal space and recording studio where Mike and Jared do a lot of their work. The majority of the space is a large room shaped like a half-moon, which Mike call the Round Room. Ancient cypress wood lines the walls and a series of large windows show the trees and hills outside. It’s very Vermont. At one end of the studio is the control room, an intimate little space Mike calls The Nook.
The three of us talked for about 45 minutes about the process of making Moss, whether there’s a difference between Mike’s creativity in Phish and in his solo career, and how every time they finish an album they drive around Manhattan blasting it in an expensive rental car with a killer sound system.
You can read the entire interview at State of Mind. I plan to post it here as well.
PS - Jared and Mike made this video about the making of Moss. It’s a great compliment to the interview.