Interview – Trivium

Guest: Paolo
Interviewer: Tim O.

Alles schick im Hause Trivium? – Wir haben Paolo Gregoletto gefragt „What The Dead Men Say“. Die Modern Metal Götter von Trivium werden am 24. April 2020 ihr lang ersehntes neuntes Studioalbum „What The Dead Men Say“ veröffentlichen. Eine ausführliche Review des Albums findet ihr vorab schon hier. Doch bevor ihr euch an diesem Meisterwerk erfreuen könnt, hatten wir die Ehre ein kleines Interview mit Bassist Paolo Gregoletto führen zu dürfen. Leider stand er uns hierbei nicht persönlich zur Verfügung, weswegen das Interview in schriftlicher Form erfolgen musste. Viel Spaß!

Tim: Since your release of The Sin and the Senteance back in 2017 the Trivium train kept rolling non stop. You have been nominated for the Grammy for the first time, received overwhelming praise from the fanbase and critics alike plus you were touring constantly around the globe. Between all that did you have time to process all of your latest success?

Paolo: We’ve definitely had a lot of extra time to process the success of the last record, but we made sure to use a lot of that time recording this follow up record. The time off tour has been nice but I am hoping we can get things going again once it’s safe.

Tim: In 2020 you will release your ninth studio album on April 24th with What the Dead Men say. Yet again how did you find the time to record a whole new album and do you ever sleep?

Paolo: We like to demo and write in between touring, so it’s usually not hard for us to get the process started when hit’s time to make new music. I’ve been sleeping very well!

Tim: With Catastrophist you already released the first single of your new album. While listening to it I realized that the sound does not differ too much from The Sin and the Senteance. Is that the new sound of Trivium or else would you say that after experimenting over the last decade you finally found your musical identity?

Paolo: The goal going into this record was not so much to fundamentally change the sound from the last record, but to keep what worked and build upon it. Having Alex in the band, working with Josh Wilbur once again, and keeping the work flow for writing in place helped a lot. I think this is the summation of all the years of trying things with the band.

Tim: Either way what can you tell us what we might expect on What the Dead Man say?

Paolo: I think while a lot of things will feel similar, the record is a bit more aggressive and prog than TSATS. Josh mixed the album once again, but we had it mastered at Sterling Sound which definitely made things crisper overall. I think following up a well received album is harder than anything else for a band. We made sure not to tinker too much with what worked but I am very happy at how much we pushed ourselves not to rehash any song ideas from the last album.

Tim: Every Trivium album in the past seemed to have a certain theme that gives the basic of most of the songs. What is the theme of your new album?

Paolo: When we were making this album I was thinking a lot about this as we recorded. Since this is not a concept album it’s hard to put it neatly into one sentence, but the world at the moment really clarified a lot of that for me. This album is dealing with loss – both personal and on a grander scale. This virus has not only exposed the frailty of life but also of the societies we have built around it. The virus is an accelerated version of the many big issues we are facing in the world and we aren’t doing a great job handling it. America is aggressively individualistic and it’s hard to get people to care about the person next to you when you’ve been taught that’s a bad thing or some sort of personal failing.

Tim: As I mentioned before you have been touring a lot during the last days. What would you say which country was or will always be something special for you? (Don’t say something wrong).

Paolo: I think we always had a real connection with England in the beginning of our career because that’s who accepted Trivium the greatest at first. I hate to pick favorites though, because everywhere we go we are met with amazing Trivium fans all over who bring the intensity no matter where we go.

Tim: Trivium has been active now for more than 20 years and especially in the beginning you have been referenced to the likes of Metallica and Co. Now Trivium itself became a band that many young and coming bands look up to. Is the fact that you made a big influence on the modern Metal scene something that you recognize or does it not affect you at all?

Paolo: We definitely appreciate the position we are in as a more veteran act in the metal scene. We try to champion as many new bands as we can because it’s vital for our scene to grow and cultivate the next generation of bands. I think it also helps us keep grounded and in touch with what is happening in metal.

Tim: As I mentioned you were always called the new Metallica. Are there now young bands that you would say can become the new Trivium?

Paolo: I am sure there are but I will always tell those bands to become the next “them” because it’s about creating something new out of what influenced you. It’s an impossible task to become someone else because there experience and journey is totally unique to them.

Tim: Over the last three years the world seemed to undergo big global problems. Donald Trump in the White House, Climate Crisis, now the corona pandemic. How much did all this influenced the writing process for What the Dead Man say?

Paolo: I definitely take all of the good and bad that happens in the world and try to let it influence lyrics and music for me. A lot of the issues are bigger than one person or one lifetime, and I wanted that to be reflected in a song like Catastrophist. It’s very important that bands are honest and open with how they feel about what is happening. In crisis people are looking for comfort in not only shared experience like music, but solidarity with others to work to fix things, and I think bands can help to be apart of that positive change if they want to be.

Tim: Over the last decade you experienced with different Drummers. Now with the extremely talented Alex [Bent] everything seems to fit well. Is he now official part of Trivium?

Paolo: Alex is officially apart of our band and he is an excellent fit as a person and drummer. Going through the public breakup with band members and the drummer changes sucked a lot. There was no way to avoid it and it had to be done for the sake of Trivium continuing, but I think the last two albums have proven we made the right choices

Tim: Last and least: Because of the outspread of the Covid-19 (Coronavirus) you were forced to cancel all your shows. But you announced that you will stream around 90 shows over at Mats Twitch Account. And you are not the only band doing such a thing. Code Orange already did a streamed concert and others will do so, too. Do you maybe see concert streaming this as a possible future for Metal Bands?

Paolo: We have been experimenting with Twitch on tour for the last three years. Matt actually introduced Road Runner to our contacts at Twitch. It’s definitely a great tool to use for both IRL streaming of shows and also showing the more personal and fun side of the band. We’ve been building a crossover with gaming for a bit as well and that’s been really fun to work towards. Streaming is no replacement for playing a real show or the money it generates for band’s incomes, but in a time like this it is a great way to push it towards being a great side stream for bands and musicians for income and their art.

Tim: Yet again thank you very much answering all of our questions. I wish you all the best and hope that we all can enjoy you and your music as soon as possible on the stages of the world! And good luck with the release of your new Album!

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