We wanted to talk to Devin Townsend for quite some time now, and finally have our chance! He has been a guest on the podcast before, but Axl and Vince had the opportunity to do the interview, now we run him through our ringer, and let’s just say that you gotta love this guy. To call him a singer, or a guitarist would be selling his talents short, and although he hate to be complimented, Devin Townsend is one of the most prolific and inspiring musician of the last two decades, whether you loved Strapping Young Lad, Ziltoid, the Devin Townsend Project or any of the number of guest appearances and records he produced, his talent is undeniable. We consider ourselves lucky to have such a candid chat about psychosis, the different ways he sees music and not just hears it, the progression from one style or influence to the next, how his wife deals with his nature and hopefully the debut of Fun Sponge (you’ll get it when you listen).
We also discuss the hologram that took Wacken 2016 by storm. You thought Dio had died, but his visage has been resurrected via technology to adore and shock fans at this year’s festival, hell, he even took the time to wave a Wacken banner on stage before leading a chant of We Rock. None of this answers the question of whether or not it is the right thing to do. Obviously those in control of his estate, and the Dio Disciples think a hologram does justice to the metal legend, but do we? His music should always live on, but are we setting ourselves up for something more perverted and disappointing by not letting our passed heroes lie?
Devin Townsend Project – Failure
Dio – Evil Eyes