Each week while out on the Frak The Gods Tour in support of their fantastic new album Dualism, Textures are taking fan questions and answering them here on Heavy Blog! The last of the questions have been sent in, so if your question wasn’t answered or you missed your opportunity, then we apologize!
Here’s this week’s Q&A:
What is your proudest recorded moment? Like a riff, lead, fill (what have you) that comes to mind as being extremely proud of?
STEF: I think the new song Singularity. I guess to all Textures guys this is a new masterpiece in the band’s history. A typical Textures song with a lot of rhythmical and structural changes and a long tensionspan that totally drags you into its vastness. All musical qualtities of us personally + the total bandqualties is expressed in its best way.
How do you think North American crowds compare to European crowds? I’ve heard they’re quite different in some instances.
STEF: It differs from city to city. For us cities with universities are the best to play. We attract a lot of people between 18 and 27. In other cities there’s more kids and most of the time they are a bit less into music, but more into socializing. That’s not especially good or bad, it’s just different from where we come from. The social aspect is of course very important in Europe, but at concerts the music comes always first.
Besides that I think that European bands sound different than US bands. European bands are more into experimenting with their sound (Anathema, Radiohead, Katatonia, Textures) while US bands stick more to a certain – commercial – formula.
Any plans for a vinyl issue of Dualism that you’re aware of?
BART: Yes, Vinyl is on its way!
What about a DVD release?
BART: No plans yet, but of course it is cool to do that! We will record a lot of shows in coming season, we have to see what is a good show/crowd to use for a live DVD!
How does your songwriting process flow in general? Who initiates the ideas, how do you develop them?
BART: Everyone brings in ideas, whether it is a small riff, a recorded idea on a phone, or a rhythm, we send it to each other and work on it together. This way we have quite a database of ideas we can choose from to create songs from. The best ideas we take to the reheasal room, and mould them into songs. It works great, because this way we have a big variety of ideas!
Did you guys learn to play your instruments on your own or did you take lessons/classes?
STEF: All guys in Textures took lessons except Jochem I guess. So the basic skills we might have learned from our teachers, but in Holland there are no music teachers that do metal music, so everything in our style is self-tought.
Many people don’t realize what exactly goes into getting a band based out of Europe into North America. What is that process like?
BART Yes, it took some time for us to get here, because we wanted to make sure we go there with a good package, and this line-up seemed very good to take the risk and just go, and so we did! We are very happy we did finally, because it has been great all the way so far!
The dreaded ‘djent’ question: What do you think of the whole surging scene of new bands playing polyrhythmic riffs and having the “plural noun” names?
STEF: New Djent bands pop up every week now. Djent seems to have a sort of simple formula. You buy a 7 or 8 string guitar, you write some stabby riffs over a half-time groove and there you are. Most bands use programmed drums by the way. It’s an easy way of working. But if you want to write good songs it still demands loads of works.
I can already see the overcrowding of Djent bands, so I guess in the end the scene will explode just like Nu-metal or black metal did. The bands that found their own language of Djent-speaking will remain.
We never belonged 100% to the Djent scene. Of course we use some tools that these bands also use, but when we started they called it Math metal. With the new record Dualism it’s hard to find a lot of similarities with this style. Funny thing is that our first online mp3 — Singularity — is the most djent minded track. The rest we can call ‘progressive’ or ‘forward thinking’ but not 100% Djent, and we feel we did a great job by doing that. The bands that exist now, like Tesseract, Meshuggah, Periphery are awesome bands with multi-talented musicians. Those bands make the scene thrive. The bands that parasite from them will take the scene down in the end, I guess.
We know you’re sharing a cramped space, so you’re no doubt familiar: Who has the worst gas in the band?
Ooh that must be me – STEF
That’s it for this week! Tune in next week for the fourth and final installment. Texture’s brilliant new album Dualism is out right now on Nuclear Blast records. Check our review right here, and be sure to visit Textures’ facebook page for remaining dates on their tour with Periphery, The Human Abstract, and The Contortionist.