Devin Townsend interview (11/2011)

With: Devin Townsend
Conducted by: Baz Anderson (in person)
Published: 17.11.2011

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Devin Townsend

Ahead of one of Devin's special acoustic shows, we entered his dressing room to find him attaching the last string to his guitar. A slightly ill Devin still enthusiastically greeted us and made us feel welcome. Watch the video below to see what Devin has in mind for blimps, Ziltoid, canaries, a great white shark, a castle and marshmallows.

00:06 | How are you doing?
00:19 | You did the four shows in London of the four last albums, how was that?
01:18 | Why did you pick London?
02:04 | You're doing an acoustic show tonight; why?
04:00 | In 2007 you said you would stop touring and doing things in public; what changed your mind?
06:24 | Are you sick of people asking about Strapping Young Lad?
08:46 | When you put an end to Strapping Young Lad you said you didn't want the pressure of being this "metal persona"...
09:55 | Are you surprised at how popular the whole Ziltoid thing became?
11:38 | Do you have favourite or least favourite albums you have put out in the past?
14:51 | On the Wikipedia page it says you created Strapping Young Lad to vent your anger at what you saw in the music industry; what did you see?
18:38 | How many albums are you going to be working on after this?
19:36 | Looking forward five or ten years, do you have any ambitions outside of music? Where do you see yourself?
20:04 | Last words for the people of Metal Storm.

A review of the show can be found here.

Thanks to Devin for his time.
Conducted and edited by Barry Anderson.
Recorded by Ellen Stubbings.


Posted on 17.11.2011 by Member of Staff since 2006.


Comments: 14   Visited by: 220 users
17.11.2011 - 19:36
Paleblood Hunter
As always, great interview Baz! I loved his mention of Jon Hopkins!
The force will be with you, always.
17.11.2011 - 21:35
Fat & Sassy!
I always love how honest he is. If only more musicians had a similar attitude about music as he does. Very inspirational. ^-^
You do you, brozzio.
18.11.2011 - 00:09
Awesome interview, although I dont like his music, what cool person . I loled at the final "Thanks for the support you do, the lack of support.."

Great job man, keep it going
18.11.2011 - 16:24
Iron Nostarion
Maiden Whore
Best interview since a lot of time, honestly.
Keep up the awesome work, Baz.
To their tombs the people are immured,
There is their gold, treasure and wealth,
The only condition is to ignore them,
Those who feed on corruption and weave death
18.11.2011 - 17:32
Baz Anderson
18.11.2011 - 23:42
Nice interview, loved the end.
19.11.2011 - 00:09
LeChron James
Written by Fat & Sassy! on 17.11.2011 at 21:35

I always love how honest he is. If only more musicians had a similar attitude about music as he does. Very inspirational. ^-^

I agree, watching that made me wish that more people, musicians or not, had that kinda attitude. Heavy Devy is as real as they come.
Kick Ass, Die Young

Less is More
Stay Pure
Stay Poor

Music was my life, music brought me to life and music is how I will be remembered long after I leave this life. When I die there will be a final waltz in my head that only I can hear.
19.11.2011 - 14:55
Loved the interview. Every time I hear Devin speak, I respect him more.
Written by BloodTears on 19.08.2011 at 18:29

Like you could kiss my ass.
20.11.2011 - 18:40
From Mars To Sirius

This dude understood everything, lots of respect to him.
I personally don't get headaches from Deconstruction maybe at first
21.11.2011 - 05:22
Awesome interview. I can't wait to see a show with a marshmallow castle.
22.11.2011 - 02:07
Massive respect for Devin Townsend! - Loved this interview.
22.11.2011 - 15:14
Great interview! Dev is such a genuine guy who does everything from the heart, I really applaud that in this day and age. Looking forward to G H O S T 2, Ziltoid 2 & especially Epicloud. I already booked tickets for 'The Retinal Circus' gig next year at the London Roundhouse which promises to be 'The Most Definitive Dev Show To Date' - Can Not Wait!
22.11.2011 - 17:07
Adding timestamps for when you asked questions is a really nice touch. Great interview!
25.11.2011 - 18:02
This is awesome!

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