Jimmy Kay and Former Anthrax singer Neil Trubin spoke to Dream Theater keyboardist Jordan Rudess about the new Liquid Tension Experiment album 3 (via InsideOut Music), his solo album and gave an update on Dream Theater upcoming new album.
Tell us about working on this new LTE 3 album
“LTE is a little more open to other things, it’s not about the brand if you will, there is room to do other stuff which is really fun. Going into this LTE 3 album there was more pressure because all the fans are saying we want new Liquid Tension music and that ups the anti of coming up with something cool. The good part was it worked out because it is a very honest collaboration, we go into it with our hearts open and we just do our thing. “
Tell us about working with LTE again after all these years with the line up change in Dream Theater (Mike Portnoy)
“When we walked into the studio with Mike (Portnoy) it had been eleven years since we were all in the studio together (Dream Theater). It had been over 20 years since we had been in the studio all together as LTE. It’s pretty crazy if you think about it. What the whole experience really taught me about time and gave me new perspectives on what that all means. It was so immediate like we had never been apart and it was over 20 years. As far as the dynamic with Mike (Portnoy) obviously Mike left Dream Theater 11 years ago but our resonance together in the studio and friendship was so real and comfortable we fell back into our groove. It was even smoother than it was and probably because everybody was a little older, time has gone by, time heals. So any kind of wounds that were from that 11 year old situation, it was gone. We were just happy to be together, we were happy to make music together and I think it really showed. “
Can you give us an update on the new upcoming Dream Theater album
“We are looking really good we had a great start in writing it, now we are going to be mixing it, mastering it. I am super excited about it, it sounds really really cool. People are gonna love it. It’s not coming out for a while so there is not too much one can say about it at this point.”