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Chris Kuroda Talks Evolution From Early Phish To MSG On New Mini Podcast Episode

Our Inside Out WTNS podcast returns this week with another “Tweener” episode. In it, hosts Seth Weiner and Rob Turner first discuss Bob Dylan and some recent music articles, before revisiting their interview with Chris Kuroda (episode 18). The bulk of the original interview focuses on the details around Kuroda and the band’s decision last year to incorporate video elements into their already-superb presentation, and how Kuroda executed this transition. This portion of the interview is best heard in its entirety.

The current episode focuses on Kuroda’s comments regarding the early days with Phish – about how he learned many things on the fly, like the importance of leasing lights, “…as soon as (we) own(ed) them, they become obsolete, especially when we moved into the moving light world.”

He talks about how his responsibilities became more focused during these years, and we hear him rave about his programmer Andrew Giffin, “he knows all the programming on the root level of the code,” which in turn provides Kuroda great flexibility as Giffin can adjust the console to CK’s ever-evolving and exacting needs.

Finally, Kuroda discusses how his familiarity with Madison Square Garden may increasingly benefit Phish shows there, as he now has access to house lights located all over the room, “we plan on really digging into that now that I have a lot of programming for it.”  This is surely great news for anyone holding tickets to any, or all, of the band’s forthcoming “Baker’s Dozen” run of shows at this iconic venue.

Listen to the new episode, streaming below.

The long-running Inside Out With Turner And Seth podcast brings you a fresh take on the music scene by combining behind-the-scenes and fan perspectives. Each episode features engaging interviews with your favorite artists and insightful commentary from genre veterans sprinkled with comedy. For more Inside Out With Turner And Seth episodes, head to their SoundCloud or their page on iTunes. You can also email the Podcast here (, to submit feedback that may be read on future episodes! Next week, Jim Loughlin and Al Schnier of moe. will be featured – you won’t want to miss it!

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