"Why scratch with the turkeys when you can soar with the eagles," Sherinian laughs. "I hand pick musicians for my albums like a casting agent picks actors for a movie - they are each ideally suited for the role. I write material that is true to my influences and from the perspective of a listener. Once I come up with the structure or vibe of a song, I then try to imagine who the ultimate team of players would be for it. If I know in advance who will be on the track, I always try to compose with them in mind. I put tremendous effort into writing and arranging my music; it deserves only the world's best musicians to make it come live.
Derek Sherinian interview