I had friends in this band called Mars and they used to play a lot.
My parents were missionaries - I was born in the States but I grew up in Brazil.
It was a turning point in the sense that as a scene, we can up with a lot of new ideas.
The period right before punk rock where people like Lou Reed and Iggy Pop were really strong.
It was very interesting for me because DNA made music without much technical knowledge at all.
Playing with Kip I definitely learned a lot playing with these incredible guys and hearing them.
Years ago when DNA was going on, I produced a record in Italy but I didn't think I'd do another one.
Then the early punk rock period with Television and the Ramones. That's what I loved- that's what I was listening to immediately prior to when I started to play.
It was a scene in the sense that we were all close and we all knew each other before the different bands had really formed. We used to rehearse in the same place.
We deliberately used elements from Brazilian music and from African and Asian music. Now people can hear that but then it sounded so abstract, they couldn't hear it.