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Steven Wilson Interview 2011 - part 2

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Well... In a way yes, in a way no. Let me explain I don’t think… well I know there is a particularly strong concept that runs through the whole album this time But in a way, everything I do, it’s kind of a comment on... You know, modern consumerism, and the way that people interact with musical artists these days. Because everything I do is kind of, these days, is as always is gone against the trend which is more to words creating music, they can be consumed small bites. You know, now you have Spotify, you have the system of IPods, and people are going getting used to what I could a kind of play less mentality of jukebox mentality which you consume music in small parts... create your own playlists... And my albums have never been really designed for that approach to listening. They were always been designed does kind continue of musical journey. And this is no exception. This is a quite epic journey and it’s been sequence to be listen to in that way. So, although the reason a necessary a message behind the lyrics. The lyrics are about also things, you know: breakup songs, serial killers, depression... The usual cheerful fear are dealing. and I think as a whole the albums still have the same sense of politics behind it, in the sense it is making a statement about the way we, you know we can related to an experience music these days purely because this is the way that is presented. I remember the first time that we were discussing with the record label. We have to do an internet campaign. And now is quite, you know, that is a quite learning curving itself, that would have been not so long ago, that was maybe 4 albums ago like ten years ago. And suddenly the emphasis had gone from the release days of the album to a kind of implicit acknowledgment that everyone would heard the album already by the time the release day came around. And now was a very difficult thing for me to accept because, I mean, I grew up with the kind of the romance if you like, with the magic of the big release day, you know, you want it. There was an album you wanted to buy by an artist you really admired. You would going to the record shop on the day release and was really exciting thing to take the record back home and play it for the first time because you did not know what it expect. And now that kind of idea of the release day doesn’t exist. And you also have to accept that pretty much everyone is gonna heard the music... Or at least had the opportunity to hear the music by the time the album is released. So, I think I became aware of the first time around the early 2000, and it is just the whole processes is progress. That is the point where we now seat down records companies seat down and 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 last few records companies came more and more desperate to find ways to make people still interested in special, you know, in physical product: special packaging, throwing an extra tracks, a DVD, a fancy box, a t- shirt, anything that they can do to make people actually buy a CD. They’ll do it now. Which is little bit depressing to me because I mean I still think it is a very romantic about the idea of collecting and owning and treasuring something special to you. A piece of music, a piece of art a movie or whatever that might be. But I’m in other generation, you know, and the younger generation has not grown up with that same sense of, I bet you call fetishism about ownership of art. Behind I said that vinyl is, you know, making a comeback and kids are getting into vinyl. So I think they do understand. Kids still like to feel like they’re buying if is a band they really like it they want to buy into it somehow and... So just downloading songs is perhaps not enough for them, which is a good sign. Of course, yeah, yeah! When I was a kid, you know… I got into music through my… mainly through my parent’s record collection. And I was very lucky. My parents are very interested in eclectic taste. My father would like a lot to progressive rock and my mother like a lot soul music and disco music. And my father was buying records like ‘Dark side of the moon’ and ‘Ship at the bells?’ And, you know, the great, you know, big mainstream progressive albums of the day. And they would has does beautiful, you know, not always but have these gate loaf sleeves, with the lyric sheets and just even the kind of... The romance of taking the record out the sleeve and putting in the turner and putting on the needle. You know, that I have a kind sort of romantic idea about that which I am sure a lot of people of my era do. But I very, very early on got the collect mentality with music. Well I think I might but I also my own but I dragged my mom in and I said: ‘I want that one’ you know, I want that one. It was a… I think it was a record by The Electric Light Orchestra ‘Out 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, as a good example, because that record came with a gate loaf sleeve and it had like a poster inside and also had an space ship that you could build. You build the space ship by card board. You know, a real chemically thing; but this rule I think you really feel like... You know, you bought something worth buying, you know. It is just not... I think the problem is CD’s 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 is 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 is become completely detached from any physical manifestations, some that you want collect and own. Although, I know a lot of people that still do collect, you know, vinyl particularly now. So that is a promising kind of… You can attend to get that always you get reactions against the current trend and it seems to be the reaction against the trend is not for kids to get into vinyl, which is great.

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Duration: 7 minutes and 29 seconds
Country: Chile
Language: English
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Posted by: paulovalverdesobarzo on Apr 18, 2013

Interview to Purcupine Tree frontman Steven Wilson..

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