An Interview with Psychedelic Rock Band Pink Floyd

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Get an inside look at the classic psychedelic rock band Pink Floyd in this interview with band members Roger Waters and David Gilmour.


In this interview, we speak to Nick Mason, the only surviving member of the original line-up of English psychedelic rock band Pink Floyd. We discuss the band’s early days, their hit album The Dark Side of the Moon, and their legacy.

The Early Days

Pink Floyd was formed in London in 1965. The band’s original lineup consisted of Syd Barrett on guitar and lead vocals, Nick Mason on drums, Roger Waters on bass and lead vocals, and Rick Wright on keyboards.

The birth of Pink Floyd

In the spring of 1965, a band called Pink Floyd was formed in London, England. The group’s original members were Syd Barrett (guitar and vocals), Nick Mason (drums), Roger Waters (bass guitar and vocals), and Richard Wright (keyboards and vocals). Barrett named the group after two of his favorite blues musicians, Piedmont-born pianist Pink Anderson and Texas-born guitarist Floyd Council.

The early gigs

In the very early days, we were just playing small clubs and bars around London. We didn’t have a big following at that point, but we were starting to build a bit of a reputation as a great live band. We would play anywhere that would have us, and we quickly developed a reputation for being able to pack a place out and get the audience really engaged.

After a few years of gigging around London, we started to get some interest from record labels. We ended up signing with EMI, and our first album, “The Piper at the Gates of Dawn,” was released in 1967. That album was a huge success, and it really put us on the map. We started touring internationally after that, and we’ve been touring ever since.

The first album

Pink Floyd was formed in London in 1965 and is considered one of the most influential rock bands of all time. The band’s first album, The Piper at the Gates of Dawn, was released in 1967 and is considered a classic of the psychedelic rock genre. I sat down with Pink Floyd’s bassist and founding member, Roger Waters, to discuss the making of The Piper at the Gates of Dawn.

Waters: The album was recorded in sessions between February and June 1967, with most of the material written by me or our lead guitarist Syd Barrett. We were all very influenced by Syd’s vision for the band, and he was a big part of shaping our sound.

The album is named after a chapter in Kenneth Grahame’s book The Wind in the Willows, which was one of Barrett’s favorite books. We thought it was a perfect title for our debut album because it captured the spirit of our music at that time.

The Piper at the Gates of Dawn is a very special album to me. It was our first steps into uncharted territory, and it will always hold a special place in my heart.

The Dark Side of the Moon

Psychedelic rock band Pink Floyd is best known for their album, The Dark Side of the Moon. The album was released in 1973 and is one of the best-selling albums of all time. The album was certified as platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) and has sold more than 45 million copies worldwide.

The concept

The album is a reflection of Syd Barrett’s mental state at the time it was recorded. Barrett had been the founding member of Pink Floyd, and his creative vision had been the driving force behind their first two albums. He began to experience mental health problems shortly after the release of their second album, and by the time ‘The Dark Side of the Moon’ was recorded, he was barely functioning. The other members of the band decided to continue without him, and ‘The Dark Side of the Moon’ is seen as their tribute to him.

The album itself is a journey through different states of mind, from fear and paranoia to hope and redemption. It’s a highly atmospheric record, with long stretches of playful weirdness punctuated by moments of sheer beauty. The band’s mastery of studio recording techniques allows them to create a sonic landscape that is both overwhelming and intimate.

If you’re looking for a place to start with Pink Floyd, ‘The Dark Side of the Moon’ is as good a place as any. It’s an essential piece of psychedelia, and one of the most influential rock albums ever made.

The recording

In early 1972, Pink Floyd began work on their eighth album, The Dark Side of the Moon. The band had relocated to a house in the country, where they set up a makeshift studio. The recording process was long and difficult, as the band tried to perfect every detail.

The album was released in March 1973, and it quickly became a commercial success. It topped the charts in several countries, and it has been certified platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America. In the years since its release, The Dark Side of the Moon has been hailed as one of the greatest albums of all time.

The success

Since the release of their album “The Dark Side of the Moon” in 1973, Pink Floyd has been one of the most successful and influential bands in the history of rock music. The album spent 741 weeks on the Billboard 200 chart, longer than any other album in history, and is estimated to have sold over 45 million copies worldwide.

In an interview with Rolling Stone magazine, conducted shortly after the release of “The Dark Side of the Moon”, band members Roger Waters and David Gilmour spoke about the making of the album and its place in their career.

“It was a very strange time,” said Gilmour. “We were kind of floating around in a bubble, not really sure what we were doing.”

“It was only when we started putting that album together that we realized how important it was,” added Waters. “I think we all had a feeling that it was going to be something special.”

The success of “The Dark Side of the Moon” marked a turning point in Pink Floyd’s career, and cemented their reputation as one of the most important rock bands of all time.

The Later Years

After the release of their eleventh album, “The Wall”, in 1979, Pink Floyd went on to release “The Final Cut” in 1983, before Roger Waters left the band. The remaining members, David Gilmour, Nick Mason, and Richard Wright, continued Pink Floyd, releasing “A Momentary Lapse of Reason” in 1987 and “The Division Bell” in 1994. Two years after “The Division Bell”, Wright passed away, and Pink Floyd released one final album, “The Endless River”, in 2014, before officially disbanding.

The later albums

In the years since Pink Floyd released The Wall, the band has continued to produce new albums and tour the world. Despite lineup changes and increasing creative disagreements, Pink Floyd has remained one of the most popular and influential rock bands of all time.

The later albums, while not as experimental as The Wall or Dark Side of the Moon, still contained some of the band’s best-known songs, including “Another Brick in the Wall, Part II,” “Comfortably Numb,” and “Run Like Hell.” The band’s final album, The Division Bell, was released in 1994 and was their first album in 20 years to reach number one on the UK charts.

Since then, Pink Floyd has been touring sporadically; their latest tour was in 2005. Original members Roger Waters and Richard Wright have both left the band, but Pink Floyd continues to perform and record with new members.

The tours

After The Wall, Waters wanted to move away from Pink Floyd’s earlier work. While Gilmour and Wright were amenable to this, Mason was not, and the band almost broke up. After some negotiations, they decided to continue as a three-piece, with Wright becoming a hired hand. They recorded A Momentary Lapse of Reason in 1987 with help from drummer Alan White and bassist Guy Pratt. It was their first album without Waters, and its release was accompanied by a world tour featuring large-scale stadium concerts.

The legacy

In an interview with The Guardian in 2016, Roger Waters was asked about the band’s legacy. He said, “I think our real legacy is the music we made together, and I think it will continue to inspire people for a very long time.”

David Gilmour told Rolling Stone in 2014, “I would like [our music] to be remembered as being exciting, as being innovative and as being something that gave pleasure to people.” He continued, “And I’d like it to encourage young musicians that it is possible to actually get out there and do something slightly different and have great fun doing it.”

Nick Mason told the BBC in 2010, “I think [our legacy] is that we were very honest in our approach to music. We were always keen to move on, not to stand still, which I think endeared us to a lot of people.”


As founding members of one of the most influential psychedelic rock bands of all time, Pink Floyd have helped to shape the sound and vision of popular music for over five decades. In this interview, band members Roger Waters, Nick Mason, and David Gilmour reflect on their creative process, the dynamics of the band, and what Pink Floyd means to them today.

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