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Steven Wilson Interview 2011 - part 1 (English subtitles) by German Pulido

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... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... Well… in a way yes, in a way no, let me explain, hmm… I don’t, I don’t think… well I know that there isn’t a particularly hmm, a strong concept that runs through the whole album this time, but in a way… everything I do is kind of a comment on… in a modern consume... in the way that people interact with… with music and art these days. Because everything I do is kind of … these days what actually always is is, is going against the… the trend which is more towards hmm… creating music that can be consumed in small bites, you know? Now you have spotify, you have, you still have Ipods and… and people are gonna getting used to what I called the kind of playlist mentality or jukebox mentality which is, you consume hmm… music in small parts, you create your own playlist. And my albums have never been really designed for that approach to listening. They’ve always been designed as hmm… kind of continuous musical journey. And this is no exception, hmm, this is, hmm, quite an epic journey and it’s been sequenced to be listen to, hmm, in that way. So, although there isn’t necessarily a message behind the lyrics, the lyrics are about all sorts of things, you know, break up songs, serial killers, depression, the usual cheer of cheerful fare I deal in. I think as whole the album still has the same sense of, of hmm… politics behind it, in the sense that is making a statement about the way that we, you know, we can relate to experience music these days purely because of the way that is presented. ... ... ... I remember the first hmm, that we were discussing with the record label we had to do an internet campaign, and that was quite learning … itself. That would have been not so long ago, maybe four albums ago, like ten years ago and suddenly the emphasis had gone from hmm, the release days of the album to a kind of implicit acknowledgement that everyone would have heard the album already by the time the release day come around. And that was a very difficult thing for me to accept because I, I mean, I grew up hmm, with the kind of... the romance if you like with the magic of the big release day, you know? When there was an album you wanted to buy, by an artist you really admired you go into the record shop in the day release and it was a really exciting thing to take that record back home and play it for the first time, because you didn't know what to expect And now that, that kind of, hmm idea of, of the release day doesn't exist. And you also have to, you have to accept that pretty much everyone is going to have heard the music or at least to have the opportunity to hear the music by the time the album is released. So I think I became aware of it after the first time around the early 2000. And it's just the whole process is, is progressing now to the point where we now sit down, record companies sit down they would try to figure out any way possible to make people actually want to buy a CD, you know? And you can see that over the last few years record companies have become more and more desperate to find ways to make people still interested in special, you know in physical products, special packaging…, in extra tracks in dvd, a fancy box, a t-shirt, anything that they can do to make people actually buy a cd, they’ll do it now. Ehm, which is a little bit depressing to me because I mean I still think as something very romantic about the idea of collecting ahm, an owning and treasuring something special to you, a piece of music, a piece of art or a movie or whatever that might be. But I’m, I’m of an older generation, you know, and the younger generation have not grown up with that same sense of ... How do you call it? Fetishism about ownership of art. Ahmm, having said that vynils, you know, may gonna get back. And kids are getting into vinyl, so I think they do understand. Kids still like to feel they’re buying, if is a band that they really like they want to buy into somehow and, so just downloading songs is, is probably not enough for them, which is a good, a good sign. Of course, yeah, yeah, when I was a kid, you know ahm, I got into music through my, mainly through my parents record collection and I was very lucky, my parents are very interested in eclectic tastes, my father would like to progressive rock and my mother likes a lot soul music and disco music and my father was buying records the dark side of the moon yo know, big mainstream progressive albums of the date And they always had those beautiful, you know, not always but a lot of it, gay fault sleedes with a lyrics sheet and just, just even the kind of, ahm, the romance taking the record out of the sleeve, putting on the turn and putting the needle you know? that I have a kind of certain of romantic idea about that, which I’m sure of my era do, But, but, I very, very early on got the collect mentality with music. Well, I think is my own but I dragged my mom in I said I want that one, you know? I want that one. I think I was a record of electric light orchestra, as of the blue, I don’t know if you know that one , it is a great record with a lot of great songs on it. And the funny thing is that's a good example, because that record came in a gay fault sleede and it had like a poster inside, and also had a spaceship that you could built, you built the spaceship by card board, you know? a real give me key thing, but this are all the things that make you really feel like, you know, you, you’ve bought something worth buying, you know, it's not just... I think the problem is cd it was kind of neither, one thing or the other it wasn’t a piece of art, it wasn’t a piece of software, it was a kind of somewhere between a piece of art and a piece of software, And it didn’t have that same kind of collector, it didn’t inspire the same kind of collect ability that the vinyl had. And of course now music is because music now is mainly through spotify and MP3 download, it has become purely software. It’s become completely detached from, from many, ahm, physical... manifestations, something that you want to collect and own. Although I know a lot of people who still do, do collect, you know, vinyl particularly now. So that is a promising kind of... you can attend to tent, that always you get reactions against the current trend and that seems to be the reaction against the trend, is now for kids to get into vinyl which is great.

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Duration: 7 minutes and 29 seconds
Country: United Kingdom
Language: English
Producer: FaceCulture, Netherlands, Music and Video News
Director: FaceCulture, Netherlands, Music and Video News
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Posted by: german.dpa on Apr 18, 2013

Steven Wilson Talks about music these days

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