Mick Fleetwood fought off insecurity | Classic Rock

MARTIN KIELTY
July 30 2012

Mick Fleetwood admits it took him years to stop feeling insecure about his approach to playing music.

But now he’s learned to live with it, he believes his “back to front” attitude is the only way he could ever perform his percussion duties.

The Fleetwood Mac icon tells Music Radar: “I approach my own work in a very emotional, personal way, and so I have to rely on one thing – the essence of feel.

“I didn’t always understand what it was and I used to be insecure about that. But now I truly know that I feel most comfortable when I’m emotionally involved.

“I don’t think about what I’m going to play until I feel a personal and emotional dynamic.”

That attitude has led to a style of performance which has been called “back to front” by some. Fleetwood explains: “The fills are usually not in the obvious places – it’s because I don’t really know what I’m doing. I just do it spontaneously. Through the years I believe I’ve honed it down to an accidental skill. Continue reading