Steven Wilson: Montreal, Canada, April 25, 2013
Barefooted, Wilson roamed the stage, generously drawing attention to his band mates; this may be his band, his music and his vision, but he clearly knows that the very specific chemistry of these five instrumentalists are as essential to his success as his own contributions. Backstage after the show, Wilson talked about his current plans, and they continue to mirror what he said in his AAJ interview, eight months ago:
"For me, right now, the things that are really enjoyable are the solo project and continuing to work on remixing classic records. Those things have become the most enjoyable over the last three or four years. I never wanted to feel like that my career was becoming a machine, and the problem with the rock music world is that happens a lota lot of my friends are stuck in this tour-album, tour-album rut. That's not why I became a musician. I became a musician because I love making music, I love making different kinds of music, and I love making different kinds of music with different people and traveling and meeting people. That's what I love the most. Doing the remixing work has enabled me not only to work with a lot of people but also to meet and get to know a lot of the people who inspired me to make music in the first place. And doing the solo thing, for me, has been so inspiring, has made me confront a lot of my own habits and break patterns that I could easily have fallen into."
With a slew of remix projects done, in progress and being planned for a variety of bands, some of which will be no surprise, while others most certainly will (Wilson revealing that it takes him about ten days to do a stereo and surround mix for a 45-minute album), and with the rest of the year largely occupied by this work and the tour, Wilson's plate is plenty full. Will there be a live release of this tour? At this point: uncertain. What is clear is that Wilson's having the time of his life, and his superb performance at Montreal's Club Soda was just one more example of a career that continues to be on an upward trajectory. Beyond the usual over-fifty gray and no-hair T-shirted prog fans, there was a surprising number of younger fans and, for the prog world, an even more unexpected number of women.
Wilson is clearly succeeding in making progressive music with more than the usual appeal, even as he successfully manages to stay true to his vision with a group of musicians capable of making it an absolutely intense and exhilarating reality.