Devin Townsend insists he’s not a workaholic – despite having a book and a symphony on the horizon.
Townsend revealed last year that the symphony – which he described as a “hellish apocalypse” – would be recorded in Surround Sound in Belgium and would come complete with a visual counterpart.
Now he says he has much of the work written, and that he’s finished his book which he previously described as “ridiculous.”
Townsend tells Dead Rhetoric: “Typically when I do interviews, one of the things I hear a lot is that I’m constantly busy and going, going, and going – but really I just think I’m efficient.
“I have a lot of time when I don’t do anything. I go for a walk, or go get ice cream, or go do yoga. I take weekends off. I’m not balls to the wall – when it’s time for me to work, then I’m balls to the wall.
“But deadlines are good for me, and I think my process after 25 years is pretty efficient. I can get a lot of stuff done in very little time if I put my mind to it.”
He adds that he has much of the symphony “written already” and that the book “is done.” On the symphony, he says: “I haven’t taken the step of allowing it to become an actual form, but there’s certainly a trajectory and an aesthetic and a theme.
“There is an objective in terms of what it is that I want people to feel once the music on the album is finished. So you put all those things together and currently in my mind, I call it The Moth. It’s this big, desperate jumble of information so far.”