Hey, guys. I have been trying to find a keyboardist for my band for months and I finally found one. Great person. Good personality, good fit, good bandmate, picks stuff up really quickly. The only thing is he's used to playing as an accompanyist, as opposed to in a band. So he tends to fill in all the sonic space.
As an example, in Get Lucky the bass and the drums cover the groove. The guitar has its simple repetitive lick going. And the keys fill in with a very simple background sound. That's a song where the keys really sit back (we play other pop songs where the keys are front and center). Instead the keyboardist will hit the groove with his left hand and hit the rhythm with his right hand. The result is a very noisy song with the keys stepping all over everything instead of providing a cool backdrop.
How can I get the keyboardist to pay more attention to how the different instruments interact in the song, and pay more attention to the dynamics, and back off of kinda filling out all the space, without coming across as a controling dipwad.
The analogy would be the guitarist who feels like he needs to solo over everything. How do you dial them back and get them to "play the part"?