DEVIN TOWNSEND on Upcoming “Empath” Live Album and Quarantine Releases: “What I Bring to the Table is Music, That’s What I Can Do”

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Amidst a sea of cancellations and delays in both shows and album releases, most artists have hunkered down to wait out the storm that 2020 became. Yet true to a reputation for embracing the unorthodox and conquering the nigh impossible, the eponymous Devin Townsend has spend these last six months busier than ever. Over the duration of quarantine and its immediate fallout, Townsend has hosted a Quarantine Concert series, the first of those events to raise money for charity. October 31st will be his fifth in this series, a show called “Rarities by Request” in which the singer and instrumentalist will be performing a handful of deep cuts hand-selected by fans via poll. On top of the virtual concerts Townsend has also been working on regular episodes of the Devin Townsend Podcast, bonus videos, and much more. 

After the “Empath” North American tour was cut short in the wake of Covid-19 it appeared as though the “Empath” cycle, which had begun just one year earlier in March 2019, had been forced to a close. Much the opposite, the spirit of “Empath“’s live presence still lives strong in Townsend’s upcoming release “Order of Magnitude – Empath Live Volume 1.” This live album, presented both as a CD and DVD with documentary, were recorded on the European leg of the “Empath” tour. This is Townsend’s second live album in two years, following up the performance at the Ancient Theater where Townsend performed “Ocean Machine” in its entirety. “Order of Magnitude” is not just impressive in its production, but in that the two-hour set involving ten musicians and many more helping hands was performed without the use of click tracks or backing tracks. 

Devin Townsend spoke with Sonic Perspectives contributor Samantha Buckman on how he accomplished this feat of performance, and dug deep into the painstaking process that went on behind the scenes to pull off this monumental release. Listen to the full audio interview below, and remember that for more interviews and other daily content, make sure to follow Sonic Perspectives on Facebook, Flipboard and Twitter and  subscribe to our YouTube channel to be notified about new content we publish on a daily basis.


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