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Devin Townsend: Productivity and the Urge for Understanding — The HBIH Interview [Part One]

They say you should never meet your heroes, because it will only shatter the image of them that you have built up inside your head. For a long time I followed this rule, and I avoided interviews with musicians I really admire --- Arjen Lucassen and Ihsahn, to name a few --- but when given the opportunity to interview Devin Townsend, a man whose music has literally saved my life in the past, I couldn't resist. I knew full well that I wouldn't be able to be one-hundred percent professional, not in this situation, but I tried my darnedest not to resign to my go to attitude --- that of a squealing school girl. But like I said, you should never meet your heroes, because you may realize that the dude you've been praising in your head isn't the all-knowing and god-like figure you held them up to be. You may realize that he's just a regular dude; with just as many insecurities and hang ups as you. You may find that his productivity isn't a sign of his ability to churn out masterpieces with a snap of his fingers, but rather the result of a work ethic that has to continue, lest his dreams fall through. So yes, you should never meet your heroes because you may realize that you, and him, are on the same level. And well...well, to be honest, that's a spectacular reason to meet your heroes...