STEVEN WILSON Talks Change of Direction

STEVEN WILSON Talks Change of Direction

During a recent fan Q&A, Steven Wilson discussed his decision to delve into the world of pop music on upcoming album To the Bone, saying:

“I think that’s a very healthy thing.

“I think that the most important thing for me is to always feel like I’m evolving as a musician and as an artist, and I think it’s very important to confront the expectations of the existing audience.

“Now, I’m realistic, I don’t expect everyone to like this new record and it may be that for some people it’s just gone at a different direction they don’t appreciate.

“But I think that’s been a constant throughout my career. There’s been certain records which have been very controversial when they came out. [Porcupine Tree's 1999 album] ‘Stupid Dream‘ was a controversial one many years ago.

“[Porcupine Tree's 2001 album] ‘In Absentia‘ is a very controversial one, because it introduced the metal aspect to my sound, what some people hated at the time.

“So I think I’m used to those kind of periods in my career where a particular album I expect to lose some fans, but hopefully gain some new ones.

“And I think that’s the sign of someone that – I’m not saying I’m a great artist or anything, but I certainly have the sensibility of an artist as opposed to the sensibility of an entertainer.

“And I can’t really think about trying to please my existing audience and neither can I think about just repeating a winning formula. I don’t believe that’s the way a truly creative person works.

“All the people I admire the most from history, whether it’s Bowie, or Zappa, or Kate Bush, or Prince, or Neil Young, these are people that constantly kinda evolved, and challenged the expectations of their audience. And rightly or wrong, I have always felt that’s what I wanted to be, too.”

“I’ve always written about what I’ve seen happening around me – on the Earth, and in my private life, and all that stuff. That’s the little bit of a window to my private life you do get through the songs.

“But I think it would be a very obvious thing to say that the world is a very different world to the one in which I wrote [2015's] ‘Hand. Cannot. Erase.‘ only two and a half years ago – things are almost completely different.

“We’re post Brexit, we’re in the Trump era, we’ve had terrorism very much come to live right amongst us.

“I’m talking about myself in Europe now, in the UK – everything has changed. And I think for me to have not kind of touched on those things and refer to those things, I wouldn’t say it would have been irresponsible, but it certainly would have been strange not to have at least reference those things.

“I think one of the good things that’s come out, that can be a good thing that’s come out of this situation, is that I’m hoping that there will be a new generation of kind of protests. Musical.

“You know, music is angry about these things. Wether it’s my record, or the Depeche Mode album, or Roger Waters album. And also some young bands, bands like Idles. There’s a band called Idles, it is very angry.

“I think great pop music and rock music historically did come out of a sense of protest. Whether it’s hip-hop music, or folk music, that’s the music of protest. So if there is a kind of silver lining to this whole situation.”

To the Bone is out on August 18th. Pre-order here.

1 Comment

  1. Miguel Angel Toledo Gutierrez

    July 3, 2017 at 8:20 pm

    “Permanating” and “Song Of I” are a Soul Music songs

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