In a recent interview with CantonRep.com, Kip stated about the songwriting process for “Better Days Comin'”: “They’re all the same. Me and Reb [Beach, guitar] sit down with a drum machine and knock out a bunch of riffs, and then we do lyrics and cut drums. It’s a very basic formula. The writing process is really where it’s all important. It’s Reb and me sitting down in front of the gear and going for it. I never start with any ideas. I just let them come as I’m writing. I usually know within seconds if I can turn it into something good.”
Asked if there is less pressure to write songs today than in the ’80s, when record labels were always eager for the next hit song, Kip said: “Not for me, because the standard is still so high. I want to keep bringing the best music forward that I can. It’s important that I’m not letting the music suffer from lack of quality. I’m a very good self-editor.”
WINGER formed in the late 1980s and soared to immediate success with its 1988 self-titled release. The album spawned the hit singles “Seventeen” and “Headed For A Heartbreak” and achieved platinum sales status. “Winger” also stayed on The Billboard 200 chart for over 60 weeks where it peaked at #21. Their next album, “In The Heart Of The Young”, also achieved platinum status behind the singles “Can’t Get Enuff” and “Miles Away”. The change in musical climate of the mid-’90s, compounded with unprovoked ridicule on MTV‘s popular “Beavis And Butt-Head” show, led the band to go on hiatus in 1994. In 2001, WINGER reunited and has not looked back since.
Kip also earned a 2016 Grammy nomination for the classical album “C.F. Kip Winger: Conversations With Nijinsky”, recorded with the San Francisco Ballet Orchestra.