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Topic: Devin Townsend doesn't listen to metal !
Posted By: lucas
Subject: Devin Townsend doesn't listen to metal !
Date Posted: June 02 2012 at 12:58
Taken from a interview held by Yann in april 2009 for the french website "aux portes du métal" :
 
Yann : "You're a Frank Zappa fan. You like creative things. What do you think of the creativity of new metal artists ? What are you listening these times ?

Devin : I love bands like Opeth, Gojira, Messhugah, they're very creative, brilliant. But honestly, I never listen to it, never. Because it's too heavy. I listen to a lot of new age music, like the french band Air, Enya, Paul Horn, then again Stravinski. I love dance music, I love that. The only metal song I remember recently was the second song from "From Mars To Sirius" by Gojira. That's the only song I remember that made me bang my head. I really respect Messhugah, I really respect Opeth but I don't listen to much metal. I listen to music for production, I listen to Nickelback for production and the mix (I don't like the music !), I listen to classical music, I listen to the Young Gods. When I first listened to "Second Nature" by the Young Gods, it didn't affect me at all, it's so minimal. But after a while, I loved it.           "



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Posted By: Horizons
Date Posted: June 02 2012 at 13:27
Interesting guy. wow

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Posted By: darkshade
Date Posted: June 02 2012 at 13:34
Maybe he doesn't listen to metal now, but he must have been some kind of fan when he was younger. 

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Posted By: Man With Hat
Date Posted: June 02 2012 at 14:59
I suppose thats not the biggest surprise in the world.

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Posted By: colorofmoney91
Date Posted: June 02 2012 at 16:32
Apparently Ihsahn doesn't listen to metal anymore either. They could listen exclusively to show tunes as long as they keep pumping out high quality music as they have been.

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Posted By: darkshade
Date Posted: June 02 2012 at 16:32
Frank Zappa didn't listen to jazz or rock music.

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Posted By: Triceratopsoil
Date Posted: June 02 2012 at 16:52
Originally posted by colorofmoney91

They could listen exclusively to show tunes as long as they keep pumping out high quality music as they have been.


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Posted By: Slartibartfast
Date Posted: June 02 2012 at 17:30
Originally posted by lucas


. But honestly, I never listen to it, never.


If you never listen to it how would you know?


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Posted By: lucas
Date Posted: June 02 2012 at 17:36
He must be in the depressive phase of his bipolar disorder...

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Posted By: Smurph
Date Posted: June 02 2012 at 17:47
Originally posted by Slartibartfast

Originally posted by lucas


. But honestly, I never listen to it, never.


If you never listen to it how would you know?
I was thinking the exact thing when I read it.
 
Honestly, I think that he is missing out on a looooot of really good metal that isn't quite as heavy as Gojira or Opeth... I can't see myself ever not at least checking out other music within the genre of music that I actually write. Ha


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Posted By: Fox On The Rocks
Date Posted: June 03 2012 at 00:29
Well, the Metal he listens to is certainly awesome! Yeah, really interesting guy. One of those musician I hope to have the chance of meeting someday in person. He's got some pretty eclectic influences and inspiration to say the least - Ghost was definitely a transition. 

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Posted By: Sagichim
Date Posted: June 03 2012 at 01:59
That's pretty cool. But i'll be shocked if i find out that Ozzy is litening to French chansons!

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Posted By: Siloportem
Date Posted: June 03 2012 at 02:34
In an articale in classic rock presents prog Devin says he listens to country because if he listens to something closer to his own genre he'll start analysing it.

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Posted By: UMUR
Date Posted: June 03 2012 at 04:05
He used to be a big Fear Factory fan. I remember him saying that in an interview back in the day. I think it´s pretty obvious when you listen to the early SYL albums.

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Posted By: martinprog77
Date Posted: June 03 2012 at 05:35
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Posted By: CPicard
Date Posted: June 03 2012 at 06:59
April 2009? Not exactly "news".
I also remember an interview for the French magazine Hard-Rock Magazine in 1998 or 1999, in which he explained he was rather entertained by the ridiculous aspects of metal music.


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Posted By: rdtprog
Date Posted: June 03 2012 at 08:39
He has to take a break after listening and playing to his own music. It's understandable.


Posted By: Progosopher
Date Posted: June 03 2012 at 12:00
Clearly, he has to at least check out the music to know anything about it, but just as clearly he does not listen to it for his own enjoyment.  He can listen to whatever he wants, but as a man in the biz he has to know what is going on.  This is not much different from Barry Manilow saying he was a huge Deep Purple fan.

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Posted By: lucas
Date Posted: June 03 2012 at 13:25
Originally posted by sagichim

That's pretty cool. But i'll be shocked if i find out that Ozzy is litening to French chansons!
 
Iggy did it recently !


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Posted By: Fox On The Rocks
Date Posted: June 03 2012 at 14:42
Originally posted by martinprog77

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Clap Seems like a really great guy.


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Posted By: rdtprog
Date Posted: June 03 2012 at 15:12
Originally posted by Fox On The Rocks

Originally posted by martinprog77

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Clap Seems like a really great guy.


He is! Can't wait for the box-set in a couple of weeks!


Posted By: TheGazzardian
Date Posted: June 03 2012 at 15:37
Originally posted by rdtprog

Originally posted by Fox On The Rocks

Originally posted by martinprog77

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Clap Seems like a really great guy.


He is! Can't wait for the box-set in a couple of weeks!

I know, I am soooooo excited!


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Posted By: jadawal
Date Posted: June 03 2012 at 15:49
Is quoting a video over and over bad for PA server space?

He listens to Nickelback? Not for the music but for the production? weird.

I'm not a big fan of his Devins music at all really, I can see now where our tastes differ


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Posted By: gazagod
Date Posted: June 04 2012 at 15:09
DT knows exactly what he's doing... he's been using protools for what, 15 years?  the thing that always amazes me about his records is the production... it's tight without seeming overcompressed.. in a different world he would be bob F****** rock...in the sense that he would be a 'sought after producer' of metal & mainstream rock albums.. but i think he has found a better way to make a 'living' for himself and his family... he's not greedy/desperate and it shows... i think he's accepted his life without becoming desperate... hopefully, he'll avoid mid-life crisis.. but it's unpredictable and could be very 'entertaining' ... ;P 

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Posted By: Failcore
Date Posted: June 05 2012 at 14:29
Originally posted by jadawal

Is quoting a video over and over bad for PA server space?

He listens to Nickelback? Not for the music but for the production? weird.

I'm not a big fan of his Devins music at all really, I can see now where our tastes differ
It's hosted on youtoube, so no, It's just an embedded applet, streaming the data from it's source servers at youtube.com


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Posted By: Failcore
Date Posted: June 05 2012 at 14:30
Originally posted by gazagod

DT knows exactly what he's doing... he's been using protools for what, 15 years?  the thing that always amazes me about his records is the production... it's tight without seeming overcompressed.. in a different world he would be bob F****** rock...in the sense that he would be a 'sought after producer' of metal & mainstream rock albums.. but i think he has found a better way to make a 'living' for himself and his family... he's not greedy/desperate and it shows... i think he's accepted his life without becoming desperate... hopefully, he'll avoid mid-life crisis.. but it's unpredictable and could be very 'entertaining' ... ;P 
OMG another Voivod fan. Now I know there's at least two in the world.


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Posted By: lucas
Date Posted: June 05 2012 at 15:01
Originally posted by Failcore

Originally posted by gazagod

DT knows exactly what he's doing... he's been using protools for what, 15 years?  the thing that always amazes me about his records is the production... it's tight without seeming overcompressed.. in a different world he would be bob F****** rock...in the sense that he would be a 'sought after producer' of metal & mainstream rock albums.. but i think he has found a better way to make a 'living' for himself and his family... he's not greedy/desperate and it shows... i think he's accepted his life without becoming desperate... hopefully, he'll avoid mid-life crisis.. but it's unpredictable and could be very 'entertaining' ... ;P 
OMG another Voivod fan. Now I know there's at least two in the world.
Count me among Voivod fans, all eras melted. Rooaaarrr (sorry, don't remember the number of o, a and r) was one of the first thrash metal CDs I bought.


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Posted By: Tapfret
Date Posted: June 09 2012 at 00:33
I miss the skullet. I'm so shallow.

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Posted By: ProgDrummerTony
Date Posted: September 17 2012 at 14:46
I'm new to Devin Townsend's music, and from what I've heard from Addicted and Deconstuction I would have thought that metal was HIS music. I think that there's a lot of softer-edged metal bands that Devin doesn't know about (Porcupine Tree, Fates Warning, Pain of Salvation, Threshold), bands that might be more suited to him. Devin seems like a genius though, so I won't tell him what to listen to Smile

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Posted By: decypher
Date Posted: September 17 2012 at 14:55
Haha, reminds me very much of an interview with Ron Jarzombek around 1990 where he said that he doesn't listen to Metal at all but to music like Janet Jackson, only because of the mix and production and Allan Holdsworth of course...

Devin's music is great, the only issue I have sometimes is the similarity of the sounds and synths.


Posted By: appudds
Date Posted: September 19 2012 at 02:28
I am surprised that Devin Townsend doesn't listen to metal!
This is like telling Mike Portnoy doesnt listen to progressive rock!


Posted By: bensommer
Date Posted: September 21 2012 at 18:28
I'm the same way.

My own music is prog/metal/experimental - and most of my daily listening is punk and indie!

Its weird - sometimes a composer doesn't produce the kind of music he listens to. Its a weird phenomenon, but its the way I've been since I got out of grad school.


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Posted By: zoviet
Date Posted: September 23 2012 at 02:02
does a pizza chef eat pizza all the time?  yeah hahaha



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