SW discusses his third album, touring and more with Rolling Stone India
Steven Wilson was recently interviewed by Rolling Stone India, and we’ve posted the highlights from the interview below – you can read the full extensive interview (in English) over on Rolling Stone India’s website, here. Most importantly, Steven mentions that he is trying to get his solo tour to India next year, which means that there will possibly be further solo touring after the release of Steven’s third currently untitled solo album next year.
At your recent show in London, you played an unreleased song, “Luminol,” from your upcoming album. It was an up tempo track that was quite different from a lot of your recent output with Porcupine Tree, Blackfield, Storm Corrosion and your solo band.
Yes, I know what you mean. Grace for Drowning was very dark and introspective, The Incident as well. Of course, Storm Corrosion is the antithesis of an upbeat record! I love going into sound textures, but I think one of the things that came out of playing with the band live is the incredible energy and joy, particularly playing with Marco [Minnemann] and Nick [Beggs]. I feel like I want the next album to be a bit of a reaction to Grace for Drowning. I always want every record to be distinctly different and I had the idea that I wanted the new record to be a little more in-your-face.
The other part of what you’re talking about is the move away from metal. After Fear of a Blank Planet, the metal thing for me was played out. The Incident began to move a little bit away from metal. Storm Corrosion completely rejects the notion of metal and even rock. Grace for Drowning also rejected the whole metal thing which I had been so sated with from about 2002 to 2007. There is a search for me now, creatively, to find ways to be upbeat and in-your-face without having to rely on metal and “Luminol” was the first attempt at that.
Speaking of India, three years on, what do you remember of your visit?
Can’t wait to go back! That’s the summary of the experience. I loved it. We were only there for two days and it was too brief. I absolutely loved it. Crazy, crazy place and I love crazy places. A lot of passion for music which, to be honest, you don’t get in England these days. Great to see young people that are so passionate about rock music. The women were beautiful, the weather was wonderful, the food was great, what can I say? In fact we’re trying to get the solo tour to go to India next year.
Finally, what is the current situation with Blackfield? Is your decision to leave it to Aviv Geffen based purely on lack of time?
Aviv has written the new record now. It’s his project now, although I’m still helping him – I’m mixing the record and singing one song on it. I didn’t want to be holding him back. One of the questions people always ask me is ‘How do you do all these things?’ Well, the answer is: I can’t. Now that the solo project is taking up so much time, I had to leave Blackfield to Aviv. I had to do that so I could focus on what’s important to me now, my solo career, my remixing work and Storm Corrosion. And I do want to get Porcupine Tree back together at some point.
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