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    Posted: November 24 2007 at 00:32
somehow I knew it was he who bumped this thread

did you find this by searching "The Mars Volta"? You must be dedicated, the 'search' function on this site's a real bitch LOL


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Direct Link To This Post Posted: November 24 2007 at 00:25
People have different opinions on progress, no need to call some1 a b*****d and believe you´re the only one who is King-knowitall    .... Spock´s beard? Nahh... bit too cheezy
Just dropping by this interview thread btw... seems kind of weird that this old interview seems to be in the top, always some1 reviving it.
 
 
p.s. PT fans , nice video interview w. SW here 
Nobody needs to go anywhere else. We are all, if we only knew it, already there.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: November 22 2007 at 19:59
Porcupine Tree is a great band, but if Steven Wilson thinks they (or The Mars Volta and Sigur Ros for f**k's sake) are progressing music more than, for example, freaking Spock's Beard, he's a pretentious b*****d. It's all just a mix of influences at this point. When are we at the point where we can just do whatever and not have to constantly break boundaries, when are all the boundaries broken? He says progressing music isn't a big deal, but the bands he mentions are the ones who are worshiped because of their pretensions of being progressive.

Oh, and Donna Summers? That explains No-Man, I guess.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: September 17 2007 at 09:16
hooray!
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: March 25 2007 at 13:01
Thanks, excellant interview.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: March 14 2007 at 19:02
He seems very open to questions and fan collaboration. Unlike Steve Howe.Ermm
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: November 05 2006 at 04:15
Voyage 34's Phase 1 is pretty similar when we compare it with PF's Another BIW ph.1
First guitar riff is neary the same.
 
He might have ripped it off. Generaly every musician needs some times this kinda things I think. I am OK with it.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: September 25 2006 at 16:20
Originally posted by cscrutinizer cscrutinizer wrote:

<P style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 12pt; TEXT-ALIGN: justify" ="Msonormal"><FONT face="Times New Roman" color=#000000 size=3>SW:<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes">  </SPAN>I really don't think it's relevant to talk about influences on the band at this stage in our career. <SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>For many years PT have striven to be Porcupine Tree, unlike anyone else. <SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>Also, inspiration comes from so many different sources - movies, books, life, experience....etc....and on top of this there are 4 very distinct personalities with the band. <SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>At least 2 of the 4 members wouldn't listen to any of the groups you mention, and never did, and I think I can say that none of us ever listened to a Dream Theater record!



Oh jeeze... this is such a bogus answer that many artists put forth to depict their originality. I really dig PT, but they are not the most original band in the world. The Pink Floyd influences are pretty obvious, and you can easily sing the lyrics of "Comfortably Numb" to the music of "The Sky Moves Sideways (Phase I)".

 

But I guess this makes for a better answer than a littany of bands (which would obviously include Pink Floyd).

 

I think sometimes listing bands as influences can impress the reader -- if they are bands that sound nothing like the influenced band... If he said Ethel Merman was a huge influence, I would be perplexed, amazed, and confused...

 

But it sounds cool and postmodern to dodge the influence issue... It reminds me of a lot of indie rock bands with progressive leanings, who claim the same thing, but are really just rehashing Crimson riffs... and in that case, most of the audience thinks what they are doing is original, since they are 17 years old...


The Sky Moves Sideways was over a decade ago. Also, Steven said mentioning influences is not relevant in THIS stage of their career. Once again, the album you mentioned is over a decade old. Also, it isn't even really a Floyd influence, it was other bands of that era that inspired the songs on that album. Sure Floyd had something to do with it, but I'm sure you're disounting Ash Ra and Camel (maybe even a bit of Magma).

He's not copping out of anything. He's been very forthcoming with his influences (which you would notice in other posts on this very same forum).

Hope that clarifies things.
    
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: September 20 2006 at 01:14
Originally posted by swilson swilson wrote:

Miserable b*****d Wilson.



AHAHAHAH!  That made my day, that seriously did.  Smile

Well, you rule and can't wait to see you and PT in 2 weeks....
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: September 05 2006 at 20:50


Originally posted by swilson swilson wrote:

Miserable b*****d Wilson.




true that


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Direct Link To This Post Posted: September 05 2006 at 20:48
Miserable b*****d Wilson.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: June 22 2006 at 18:06

SW:  I really don't think it's relevant to talk about influences on the band at this stage in our career.  For many years PT have striven to be Porcupine Tree, unlike anyone else.  Also, inspiration comes from so many different sources - movies, books, life, experience....etc....and on top of this there are 4 very distinct personalities with the band.  At least 2 of the 4 members wouldn't listen to any of the groups you mention, and never did, and I think I can say that none of us ever listened to a Dream Theater record!

Oh jeeze... this is such a bogus answer that many artists put forth to depict their originality. I really dig PT, but they are not the most original band in the world. The Pink Floyd influences are pretty obvious, and you can easily sing the lyrics of "Comfortably Numb" to the music of "The Sky Moves Sideways (Phase I)".
 
But I guess this makes for a better answer than a littany of bands (which would obviously include Pink Floyd).
 
I think sometimes listing bands as influences can impress the reader -- if they are bands that sound nothing like the influenced band... If he said Ethel Merman was a huge influence, I would be perplexed, amazed, and confused...
 
But it sounds cool and postmodern to dodge the influence issue... It reminds me of a lot of indie rock bands with progressive leanings, who claim the same thing, but are really just rehashing Crimson riffs... and in that case, most of the audience thinks what they are doing is original, since they are 17 years old...
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: May 06 2006 at 14:55
Thanks for the interview with this genius!
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: April 10 2006 at 16:40

Standard review but I liked it, good job but nothing more

I agree with a lot of you ppl, he sounded very tired and boring, maybe even arrogant. Probably he's tired of doing interviews or something. I doubt that he is an arrogant person... but who knows? And does it care? There's a lot of idiots making wonderful music

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Direct Link To This Post Posted: February 06 2006 at 14:15
Actually, SW didn't say he haven't heard DT, he said none of PT members have ever heard a DT record...it's subtle, but it's different.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: January 05 2006 at 11:06

Actually last year Jordan also played with SW when he replaced the keyboardist for Blackfield at a NYC show... and then Jordan's side thing with drummer Rod Morgenstein, opened for Porcupine Tree on a few of their NE USA shows last year.

And yet SW still hasn't listened to any DT... oh well!

And to Maani:  yep, too bad we didn't see each other at the show.. You could of met Jon!  The next big shows we're planning are the two Dave Gilmour shows in NYC, two in Chicago and two at the Royal Albert Hall in London.  Dave's gonna think we're a part of his road crew after this...

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Direct Link To This Post Posted: January 02 2006 at 17:17
Well, I must say that I've read a lot of interviews with SW, and this is isn't
one of the best (sorry Maani!) - he sounds kinda tired. Usually he's very
entertaining (Metal Hammer just voted SW one of their best interviewees
of 2005 for example). It seems
like this was done by email and those kind of interviews
can be a pretty cold and humourless read. But the only thing I can see
that could be interpreted
as arrogant is the fact that he tries to avoid being dragged into the "how
do you define progressive" and "what are your influences" questions. He
sounds a bit weary of this and I don't blame him. Plus I think he would be
the first to admit that Sky Moves Sideways was made at a time when PT
were considerably more derivative than now - I've seen him refer to it as
their "Pink Floyd blueprint" album! Regarding Dream Theater, while
I've seen SW enthuse about bands like Meshuggah and Opeth, I've never
seen him mention DT or any of their albums so it's possible that he really
just isn't into them. Personally I can't hear any influence from them in the
music of PT. On the other hand I know he has worked with Jordan Rudess,
and Mike Portnoy is supposed to be involved in his collaboration with
Mikael Akefelt, so I don't know how that fits in.

Hey is it possible that you could do another interview with the man in
person next time? I'm sure you'd get a lot more out of him that way.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: January 01 2006 at 13:20
I think that SW and PT have probably listened to quite a bit of Dream Theater since it was not so long ago(2000 I think) that PT were a support band for DT.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: December 23 2005 at 16:33
Wow, what a boring interview. This Steve has nothing of real interest to say. I have seen his band live and I must say, it was just as predictable and yawn inducing as this interview. 
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: December 22 2005 at 11:24

weird, i though that he was going to be involved in a project with Âkerfeldt and Portnoy.... but he doesn't seem to like DT THAT much...soooo........

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