Steven Wilson Bust Budget For Live DVD
Steven Wilson spent time thinking about his upcoming live DVD to ensure it didn’t fall into the pitfalls similar projects have experienced.
He realised the biggest flaws in concert movies often came down to lack of money and lack of cameras – and decided to spend the amount necessary to avoid the risks.
The result is Get All You Deserve, recorded in Mexico City during his Grace For Drowning tour earlier this year, and released on September 25.
The DVD showcases the talents of Wilson, drummer Marco Minnemann, bassist Nick Beggs, guitarist Niko Tsonev, flautist Theo Travis and keyboardist Adam Holzman.
Wilson tells MusicRadar: “Last summer I knew I was going to be touring for the first time as a solo artist, so at that point I sat down and thought about every aspect of the show – the musicians I’d need, the crew, the light show; and, most significant in regards to the DVD, the visual aspects.
“We started to think about ways to make the show very different. I was very keen on having the band play behind transparent gauze for at least part of the show, so we could project film in front of them.
“We went for high-definition cameras. We had 17 of them, which is about as many as you can imagine having.
“We didn’t want to skimp. I’ve seen a fair amount of concert DVDs. Some of them are great, some of them are not. If there are problems with them, it’s usually because of budget limitations and camerawork.”
He chose Mexico City because he’d played there in the past with Porcupine Tree and knew he could rely on the audience. “It’s a wonderful venue,” he says of the Teatro Metropolitan. “Even before you do anything else the place has a magical kind of romantic quality to it.
“It felt great to be on that stage, and the audience was very, very passionate. There was a big factor of wanting to play where knew we’d get a great electricity from the audience.
“I think people sometimes forget how much they play a part in the experience. I’ve played to people sitting there with their arms crossed, just kind of watching. They might be having a great time – if I’m not getting anything back it does affect the way I perform.”
Wilson is preparing to record another solo album with iconic engineer Alan Parsons.