45 Minutes with DREAM THEATER’s Singer JAMES LABRIE: “With Our New Album DISTANCE OVER TIME We Tried to Encompass All of Our Roots and to Chase Something More Organic”

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Kevin James LaBrie needs no introduction. Fronting two-time Grammy-nominated and millions-selling progressive music titans Dream Theater since 1991, there are very few places in this planet he hasn’t visited manning the vocal duties for the most important prog-metal band of all times. Dream Theater recently announced the forthcoming worldwide release of their 14th studio album, Distance Over Time next February 22, 2019, – news that has the entire progressive metal universe is salivating – an album that will represent their first release under InsideOut Music / Sony.

The creative process for Distance Over Time saw the band revisiting the same approach they used during the recording sessions of their 1992 opus Images & Words, which received a gold certification and landed on Rolling Stone’s coveted “100 Greatest Metal Albums of All-Time.” In June 2018, they secluded themselves in a private location in upstate New York to begin writing for the new record. While spending the summer living together in the property’s adjacent residence, the band spent their days and nights crafting the music that would make up the new album in the ‘Yonderbarn’; a beautiful and spacious barn that had been meticulously transformed into a state-of-the art film and recording studio. Following an intense & extremely productive period of group writing sessions and wanting to retain the magic that was captured in this scenic and inspiring location, they decided to record the album in the very room they had all convened to write together in. Living together during the writing and recording for Distance Over Time marked another first for the band’s 33-year career. The result is a heavier collection of songs that showcases the early roots of the band while exploring new territory as musicians and as friends.

James was gracious enough to sit down with our top interviewer Rodrigo Altaf to discuss Distance Over Time, the announced North America tour which kicks off on March 20, 2019 in San Diego, CA, what fans could expect from the band in terms of set-list and interpretation of their iconic Metropolis Part 2: Scenes from a Memory album that will be played in its entirety to celebrate 20 years of its original release, what’s in store with James‘ solo career and the chances of a new solo record, and many other topics.

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