DEVIN TOWNSEND IS KINDA FREAKING OUT LOL
You don’t need to be a world-class music journalimist to get the experience of interviewing Devin Townsend. Nay, he’s just as open, generous, and hilarious on his Twitter. And over the past five weeks, the former Strapping Young Lad frontman has documented an ongoing battle with post-production of his forthcoming Epicloud album (also starring his Devin Townsend Project crew and singer Anneke Van Giersbergen).
It seems that a record which started as a quickie between huge, work-intensive projects has somehow taken the beastly shape of a … huge, work-intensive project. And Townsend gives his followers a peek into every thrust, feint, and parry in his fight to perfect the sure-to-be-awesome jamz!
For the enjoyment of fans and non-fans alike, we’ve
poached collected all of it after the jump! Cheer as a visionary musician gets the upper hand! Giggle as he unravels a bit in the face of approaching deadlines and beckoning new projects. And sigh in relief as he finally slays the Epicloud dragon. Or does he?
We join Townsend on an early summer Saturday, when he announces and begins post-production for Epicloud‘s extra disc:
So when the Ghost album was finished, I had 12 songs that came out here and there, supposed to be Ghost 2, couldn’t convince label etc..
However, Epicloud has 12 extra songs as well, and they have agreed to let me do a digipak version that is essentially a ‘double album’ =]
The second disk wont be mixed in the same way, a bit more ‘demo-ish’ in quality, but it completes this cycle without having stragglers after.
The following Thursday, a deadline draws near:
Still working on finalizing Epicloud… Thinking about Retinal Circus in t-minus three weeks …
But Townsend continues to contemplate the meaning of Epicloud:
… I guess that’s the theme of Epicloud: In my mind, life is a search for silence and stillness, yet it gets louder every minute. Embrace it.
Epicloud‘s disk two, Epiclouder, is frikkin awesome… The project wasn’t complete without it.
Took months to mix the first disk, went over budget, out of time etc etc. Second disk much less drama. =]
The pace quickens. Townsend is working on a Sunday:
In the race to finish Epicloud… the ideas for [Ziltoid The Omniscient 2] are starting to take pole position … Must. Focus.
A little (more) help from his friends:
…and knocked it out of the park, they most certainly did! =]
Townsend espies the finish line, looks ahead to new vibes:
Epicloud summarizes the [Devin Townsend Project series]. It’s the climax I think… From here it gets intense. Musically, the future is very different from this record.
Just finished the second disk. All wrapped up by Monday. This one is about songs, not parts. Soon I can start to write symphonic stuff…
Very proud of this one. =]
Eight hours of Epicloud mixing left… Everything, both disks, commentary, and art delivered on Monday. Sleep will be sweet! It sounds awesome!
That night, so begins the freaking out lol:
Mixing Epicloud is a Grade-A pain in the neck… Hard mix. They all are, but this one was deceptively so. Ugh… be done already!!!!
…Make it perfect! =]
‘A mix is never done. You just have to abandon it at some point.’ [– George Massenburg] … So true.
Aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaagggggggjhhhhhhhhhhh!!!!!! Too much stress! Home vs work vs imperfect perfectionist!!!
Assembling the record now, between real-life duties. Covert creativity FTW.
Or is he?
Ah! I think I’ve got this record cornered! Submit to me, foul carrion eater!
Yip, some days are better than others…
Home stretch! Wow, what a beast! Totally worth it though. The first 99 miles never count, it’s always the last one that makes or breaks it.
Ok new record, be done now… K?
This man never stops. Late one Saturday night:
Real life is making progress slower than I like. The record is really intense. The combo of frustration and insane intensity is a trial.
So close to the finish line though… This one has such a narrow margin of being ‘correct’ vs. missing the mark in terms of mix.
The next morning, it’s back to work:
Happy Canada Day to my fellow Canuckleheads… mixing mixing mixing… ignoring overflowing inbox… =I
Finally, the finish line:
Ok … I think I’m done. I’ll know in the morning. Some of you will love it, some will totally hate it. I recommend you try before you buy. =]
Epicloud is done. Leaving for Sweden this morning … Getaway Festival plus working with Toontrack for an ezmix pack. Starting Retinal next…
Yup. Epicloud is done. I recommend hearing the digipak version to get the whole story. Download it or YouTube or something. An intense time here.
Wanted to make a positive statement amidst the madness. Experimented with simple formulas. Represents the summary of DTP well. Anyways…
Yay! That’s a wrap! Um right?
That’s the last I’ll speak of [Epicloud] until it’s time to try and flog it to ya. Catching a plane… Cheerio :)
Whew! Congratulations are in order! Townsend battled, triumphed, and is ready for the next challenge. Unless …
… Another sleepless night. Music on the mind.
Wait a second. He doesn’t mean …
Embarrassed to say… I’m still mixing. =I
Aw shit! lol Here we go.
Where am I? … Not only that, who am I? Such a bizarre time. Two people at once. Don’t understand my current music yet. What’s the motivations?
Need to get away from myself for awhile and think. I made a pop record. Started as irony, ended as reality. I think it’s beautiful, so odd.
Lots to think about. I’m shocked by how much my psyche leads and I follow. Through Alien and Epicloud and Infinity. Do I not know myself?
…Talk in a few days. =]
Sweet. Several hours of phase aligning overhead tracks in my dreams. Nice.
“There are only two things to remember. Number one… Don’t stop, and number two… Keep going!” — Frank Zappa
Well, that brings us up to date on the epic clash of Devin Townsend vs. his own album! Will he nail Epicloud‘s mix in time for its September 18 release? Will he perform upcoming concerts with one hand on a mixing desk just off stage? Will he show up at your house and start tweaking your stereo’s EQ? Stay tuned to @DvnTownsend to find out!