When you're a songwriter and you click with someone, you tend to want to keep writing with that person.
I'd written songs with lots of people, from one spectrum to the other.
I wrote songs with the guys from Air Supply for their record... So I was just writing songs.
I mean, Beatles songs were two and a half minutes long, and they're fantastic.
I don't have any assistants, I do it all myself, I don't have any secretaries.
And I found that when I built my own place and just shut the door, the creativity was endless.
So that studio served its purpose, and still is working very well for other people right now.
So for my studio purposes, I know that I'm in my studio with technicians who've done amazing things to my board and to my power amps and I know what I can deliver out of my studio.
I know that if I went to other studios, like in Vancouver, that those are set up to be as professional and as true, so it's just a different flavour, it's a different sound, but I think both have their place.
I've had the luxury of owning my own studio, 24 analogue, 48 digital, endless effects, endless hardcore gear, that I don't have to rent, I don't get stuck with the bills, it's all mine.
So when bands work with me and it's 10 o'clock, usually you'd have to be getting out of the studio, we could go on until 2 in the morning cause it's my place!
And as you said, everyone contributed; certain areas of material came from certain individuals.
We came off the road of the last tour very inspired to just keep playing, so we went to Canada.
I'm very proud of it as a Yes record amongst many of the other Yes records.
You know, I am just a musician and I have no idea these days what good and bad is in terms of labels.
It's an album that is a little bit different and probably isn't easy to get out. It's not likely that a major label would have picked it up and said that they had a smash hit record.
I wasn't really writing with anything commercial in mind I just wanted to create some new music.
So whenever I had some in-between producing time down in my studio I popped a tape in and started working on it. Working a little bit at a time, it actually took almost four years.
I write on all instruments.
Sometimes I hear a drum groove in my head and I rush down to my studio.