If you can play live and support yourself, it's one of the few ways you're going to actually get paid in this business these days.
Each of our 900 shows so far was different - maybe that's what makes the fans come back to our gigs time and again. And that they're always part of the show. Phish concerts are a communal experience.
You can't force something like that. But we have encouraged our audience, because we avoid the confrontation of regular rock concerts: us up here, you down there. Instead, we're looking for interaction.
Every piece has its own identity which we develop by the rule 'We know no limits.' We follow the inspiration of the moment and don't worry if what we're playing is alternative, progressive or fusion rock.
My dad also plays a little banjo and guitar, my mom plays the mandolin.
You never know where your influences are going to come from, or where you're going to find your inspiration.