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Modern Drummer, August-September 1982
By Robyn Flans
Jeff Porcaro, whose first priority has always been his own band, Toto,
is pleased that he is immersed in that these days. With Toto IV doing
well, Toto plans to be on the road throughout the summer, off and on.
How does the band affect his studio commitments?
"I remember when Toto first started, which was kind of when I first
started doing sessions. If you left town, there was always a guy
behind you. If the contractor and the artist call you a few times and
you're not there, they have to go to the next guy. If you're gone for
a while, they might even decide they like him better than you. So
you're always risking the chance that, when you come home, your
accounts don't call you anymore. In some instances, I've found that
has happened and I find it to be more true when there are contractors
involved as opposed to the artist just calling. But Toto never stays
out on the road more than a few weeks at a time."
When Toto is recording in L.A., however, Jeff continues to do
sessions. "We did this album over a period of six months. When we're
working on a Toto album, we maybe work five days a week, usually in
the nights from 7:00 on. So as long as I don't stay up too late, I
can usually work during the days." But Toto has been the dream Jeff
has been working towards, so he manages to juggle his
responsibilities. "There was a point where, for two years, I actually
did everything I could, even if I didn't feel like playing, just to
save up money so I could take two years off and give the group a try.
I think anybody would be happy if he were given the privilege to have
a group that's his. You get to go into the studio and money is given
to you to make the kind of music you want to make. You're the boss
and it's your baby. That's incredible! I think that's anybody's
ultimate goal if they're into doing their own thing themselves, or
with five other comrades. With Toto, it's a little more free. The
way we work in the studio--the way we record our instruments and the
way we arrange our tunes and produce ourselves--it's for ourselves
instead of as sidemen who are there to satisfy the needs of the
producer and artist you're working for. That's fun too, and sometimes
that's even a relief from being in a group, but it's nice to be
involved with all aspects of the production."
He has even become more involved with writing these days, having had a
sprinkling of co-written tunes on previous albums. Jeff co-wrote
three tunes on the current album and plans to become more and more
involved in that area.
Recently, Jeff's brother Mike joined the line-up on bass, after David
Hungate exited to spend more time in Nashville. This brings a total
of three Porcaros in the band, which already included Steve on
"It's great playing with Mike again. It's like the old days when Mike
was in the original high school band with Paich, Lukather, Steve and
myself. Mike also played live with us with Boz Scaggs."
On the studio front, Porcaro has added a couple of exciting firsts to
his list, having recently worked with Paul McCartney for the first
time on the McCartney/Michael Jackson collaboration. "I also recently
worked with Bruce Springsteen for Donna Summer's album. He sang and
also played on the tracks. That was great."