"Walter and I, traditionally, we always had a backstory that doesn't necessarily make it into the lyrics but it gives us the tools in order to round out the character."
Together with college mate Walter Becker, Donald Fagen founded perhaps the most successful jazz derivative rock band of the last century… Steely Dan. After the band broke up in 1981, Donald began a successful solo career. He’s known for his use of close vocal harmonies, elaborate arrangements, and attention to detail. Viv spoke with Donald at length following the release of his fourth solo album, “Sunken Condos”. Joined by co- producer-collaborator, Michael Leonhart, they discussed a wide range of topics including songwriting, stage fright, writer’s block and moleskin journals.