Trivium bassist Paolo Gregoletto is a smart dude. (Hell, everybody in Trivium's sharp - not just "smart for a guy in a metal band," but actually smart.) In this interview from MetalInsider.net, he discusses a variety of things, from a recent show that was interrupted by a bomb threat, to how the band's songs get re-arranged for acoustic performances, to the state of the music industry and how it impacts Trivium vs. how things work for younger bands just starting out.
Says Paolo about the bomb threat, which occurred in Albuquerque, New Mexico, "After we knew it was OK, it was kind of funny. But at the same time, our music isn’t about that stuff. And that’s one misconception most people have about heavy music, is that it’s about violence and hating other people. And yes there are some bands I’m sure that are about those things, but I’d say overall the community of metal isn’t about that. It’s about being a community, being into the music. A lot of the time, the lyrics that are about violence are to bring people’s attention to it, that there is bad in the world. One thing I’ve always loved about heavy music is that it wasn’t pop or anything else that kind of shied away from the reality that the world isn’t a good place. I’ve always just loved the realness of it."
He's been enjoying the band's recent radio appearances, which have found them performing acoustic versions of their songs (plus a cover of Iron Maiden's "Iron Maiden"), quite a bit; he says, "I think a lot of people that hear us on the radio, or some of the winners that come in that come in and don’t know us but want to watch a performance, they leave with a different impression of what they probably thought our band was. We just have fun with it, and we’re usually just joking around and bullshitting while we’re doing the interviews. It’s usually only 15 minutes, but I like doing it. I didn’t think I’d like it as much. Before, I was like 'Oh man, this is gonna suck!' And then it ended up being fun."
The most interesting aspect of the interview, though, is when he talks about the music business and Trivium's position within it. "There’s a lot of things up in the air in the music industry, and it’s changing for better or worse," he says. "I mean...right now we’re sitting on a million dollar bus and obviously we’re not going to say that we’re starving musicians. We’re doing alright, we pay our bills and don’t have to work outside of this, and luckily now we can tour pretty comfortably. So things aren’t all that bad in the music industry and we’ve been lucky.
"At the same time, there’s a lot of questions left to be answered, and for new bands it’s crazy right now. The only suggestion I can give a new band is sign the right deals, get an attorney, and don’t sign something away unless you know what you’re giving away because every penny really counts now. The pie has gotten smaller and everyone takes a slice still. So don’t get into something until you’re dead sure it’s the right thing. You can sign a record contract and it means jack shit because maybe people don’t buy your record and then you’re stuck with a shit deal and you made nothing off of it."
There's much more. The whole interview is well worth reading.
Trivium are hitting the road again this week, for a North American tour with Asking Alexandria and The Amity Affliction, among others, so visit their tour page to find a show near you! And if you don't already have a copy of their latest CD, In Waves, grab it from our webstore!