Speaking in a recent interview with Richard Bienstock from Rolling Stone, Dream Theater guitarist and producer John Petrucci spoke about the MTV’s publication policy.
Interviewer Richard asked:
“Nowadays, you can just play to and grow your core audience, which is primarily people who want to hear this instrumentally vigorous music. You’re sort of freed from any concerns about whether or not a song might get radio or MTV play.“
“That’s totally true. But the interesting thing is, it’s actually a bigger scene now for progressive metal or whatever you want to call it. When we were first starting out the scene didn’t really exist.
There was a few bands, like our buddies Fates Warning. And Queensrÿche was kind of in that zone, but not really. We had more of an instrumental focus, I guess you could say. So there wasn’t a big scene.
But now there’s all these different offshoots of progressive metal and there’s so many bands with incredible musicians that are doing really, really cool stuff and taking the music into different areas.
So even though there’s no longer radio or outlets like MTV, the music has a further reach and people are saying, ‘It’s cool to do this. It’s cool to have a song that goes in all these unexpected directions and has some serious playing on it.’ And is maybe 20 minutes long. [Laughs]
The type of thing we’re doing doesn’t stick out like a sore thumb so much anymore. And that’s really great to see.”
As we reported a week ago, Dream Theater’s new album, Distance Over Time, will be released on February 22, 2019.
Their latest album “The Astonishing” was released in 2016 via Roadrunner Records.
Click here to entire interview.