Twinmusix got to speak to James Stewart from Vader about their new album and more.
TM - Hi, This is Elizabeth and Amelia from Twinmusix. Thank you for having this interview with us today. How are you today?
JS - I'm alright, just chilling in isolation.
TM - What can fans expect from your new album Solitude in madness?
JS - It is pretty in your face but there are a lot of surprises. I think it's enough to keep everybody happy.
TM - What are the surprises, can you give us a hint?
JS - There is a bit more heavy metal in there and some more groovy music that hasn't made it's way to our songs before, so you will have to find out.
TM - We can't wait to hear it.
JS - Let us know you think when you do hear it.
TM - we will, cannot wait.
TM - What was your writing and recording process for your new album Solitude in madness?
JS - Most of the recording is done in the studio. Then Pete and I meet up and go through these structures and ideas. After that, we put it all together in the studio. Then we refine the guitars and vocals.
The recording process was a bit different this time. We worked with Scott Adkins who runs grindstone studio in England, he has worked with bands like Cradle of Filth and Sylosis. He has worked with plenty of bands and it was great having him on board. He pays a lot of attention to details. He was pretty militant about getting the tracks out of everybody so we had to work for it.
TM - Do you think Scott Adkins has changed your sound?
JS - It is a fresh pair of years. We have been in the studio for quite a long time so having someone come in and think of things we hadn't even thought about was great. It was good to have someone coming from a completely different direction. There were a lot of ideas floating around here in the recording of our new album which was good and gave us a lot to think about.
TM - If you could have any band play one of your songs what band would it be what song would it be and in your style or their style?
JS - I would love to hear someone do something different. One of our songs the more difference the better. I would love to hear some ambient version of our song or a swing version of Our Song. I would love to hear Phil Collins do one of our tracks.
TM - If you could collaborate with any artists who would it be and why?
JS - I would like to have someone like House Wolf, who would be able to bring something different to the music and people would probably hate it but you never know.
TM - What's your favourite memory of watching someone else perform live?
JS - I had just joined Vader when the festival season had started up and I got to see a lot of bands for the first time, including Exodus and Judas Priest. I got the opportunity to see all these bands. I had never seen these bands because I was always busy. It was cool because the first time I got to see all these bands got to see them from the side of the stage and it's just a blur. I got to see so many killer bands and getting to see almost every band I wanted to see was awesome. I went to brutal assault and that was pretty cool. Seeing Kreator or Trypticon and meeting them after the show solidified the experience.
TM - What's your favourite festival you have played?
JS - It was always nice to play some big festivals like Waken or Hellfest. I think my favourite festival to play Brutal Assault because of where it is. It has 12,000 people so it's not a big festival. It always has a killer lineup so basically from the time I get there to the time I leave, I am watching bands or hanging out with friends backstage, it's always a pleasure to play.
TM - How do you choose your Setlist you play live?
JS - A big group argument over a chat. We have about three setlists, so each time we play we have something different. Sometimes one of us will get the wrong setlist and play the part of the wrong song which is pretty funny. We tried to keep the list as fresh as we can also remember that a lot of people want to hear our old music.
TM - Is there anything else you want to say to your fans?
JS - Everyone stays healthy and safe and make sure you call your elderly relatives. Hopefully we can get this COVID-19 thing to be in dust and get back tutoring. We hope everyone enjoys our new album.
TM - Thank You for this interview today.
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