“I don’t wish this level of success on anyone”
During this interview, conducted by David Slavković, Devin opened up about his relationship with Jason Newsted, the former bassist of Metallic.
In the early 1990s, Townsend tried to start a project with Newsted, but it didn’t last long, as the bassist was very busy with Metallica.
When asked about his experience working with Newsted at the time, Devin replied: “I love Jason. He was really nice to me. But it didn’t take long for us to realize that we were very different. And I think by then we were running out of things to express [musicalement] together.”
“But when we met at this crossroads in our lives, we were the right people for each other for those few years. And that was good, he was a really nice guy. It was truly a love.”
“But he was also going through all this rockstar stuff with Metallica and stuff. There was a time when that level of fame existed, and I always struggled with it, because I always considered it a weird form of psychological illness, to have that level of success. ”
“You are ostracized by this success to the point that your personality becomes very determined by it all. And I don’t wish that level of success on anyone. The people I’ve known who’ve had this level of success all share similar personality traits that I think make it hard to be friends, to form real, deep friendships.”
Devin Townsend will release his new album, light workthis Friday (November 4), after months of hard work, as well as an extensive European tour including two nights at the Royal Albert Hall in London.
Moreover, Townsend will broadcast a special stream for the release of the album, which will take place on November 5 at 9 p.m. This event will be premiered on Devin’s YouTube channel and will include a specially recorded acoustic performance, as well as a Q&A session.
In the meantime, you can (re)listen to the latest single, Lightworker, below.
Devin Townsend – Lightworker: