Mike Portnoy Reflects On His Role Producing Next To None

(Prog) Mike Portnoy says he showed no bias towards his son Max while producing his band's Next To None's debut album. A Light In The Dark was released earlier this year, with 15-year-old drummer Max joined by frontman Thomas Cuce, 16, guitarist Ryland Holland, 16, and bassist Kris Rank, 15.

Portnoy Sr tells Modern Drummer: "I had to show no favoritism or bias, and I had to try to be as objective as possible with the suggestions I would make. I had to separate myself from the father role and be a producer.

"It was also important for their sound to match their style. Even though they're in the prog genre, they are very heavy. They have those Slipknot, Pantera, and Lamb Of God influences, so it was important that the drum sound and guitar sound stand up in that world.

"This wasn't supposed to be a Dream Theater-sounding album - it was Slipknot meets Dream Theater." Read more here.

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