Trivium guitarist Corey Beaulieu was interviewed by LithiumMagazine.com when the band performed (along with Dream Theater) in Toronto. In the course of the conversation, he reveals some of the secrets behind the band's video for "In Waves" (and the clip for "Built to Fall," which serves as a sequel of sorts), talks about why the band maintains a strong online presence, and explains why the sequencing of the CD/DVD special edition of In Waves incorporates the bonus tracks, rather than just tacking them on at the end.
Says Beaulieu of the "In Waves" video, "we rented out a scuba training facility, and with the magic of lighting and camera work, we kind of made it look like something completely different. The people that we did the video with kind of used their video making magic to transform one thing into another, so it was pretty cool...It was a lot of fun to make the video. It got a little cold being in the pool for six hours or whatever it was."
Regarding online presence and the importance of keeping lines of communication open between bands and fans, the guitarist says, "That rock n’ roll mystique is kind of gone, you know? You never see things like, 'Oh, I saw them coming out of a limo and go into the venue,' anymore. Now it’s like everyone has access to everyone. People can just hit you up on Twitter or FaceBook and get an almost real-time answer. If they want to know something about the band, they can just post a question. Before, you couldn’t really do that, right? You’d maybe write a band a letter and maybe get a response...if we engage people online on social media sites and things like that, and keep them informed on what we’re doing, and post videos and stuff showing what the band is up to, fans seemed to get more involved. They feel more included in what the band is doing, and it seems to keep their interest levels up."
Beaulieu explains the sequencing of the In Waves special edition, saying, "We felt like the songs weren’t really B-sides. They are just as good as any of the other songs on In Waves, and we kind of felt like it was an insult to these songs to just call them B-sides...If you pop them at the end of the record, there’s that perception that the songs are just the extra crap that we didn’t know what to do with. The guy at our label was like, 'You can sequence these songs into the album, if this was what you had envisioned for the songs.' And we thought that was kind of cool...The special edition is like the way the band wanted the album to be. The normal edition is more of a situation where we had to take a couple of songs out, and we just chose the ones that reside on the special edition for whatever reason."
Read the whole interview (it's long and worth it) at this link.