The king of Prog talks Prince, Zappa, Sinatra, Joni Mitchell, ABBA, The Beatles, Bowie, Karen Carpenter, Neil Young, Dylan and others PLUS his career, his fans, his dark lyrics, his current tour, the music industry and the difference between an artist and an entertainer. And lots more!
Closer to the Edge is a ‘Prog Variety Show’ which airs live every Thursday from 3-6pm EST on 103.3 FM and streams world-wide.
“It’s one of the strangest things to me, not just about my music, but about a lot of the musicians I really admire, a lot of songwriters I really admire, that there is an attraction to the darker side of life—melancholia, nostalgia, regret and loss. These for me are fascinating subjects, and one of the reasons they’re fascinating is because they are shared human experiences. We all can understand those feelings. We all understand what it means to feel depression, melancholia, anger, regret, loss. All of these things are very familiar to all of us. And one of the beautiful things I think about music and art in general is the ability to hold up a mirror, in a comforting way, and express those things and say, ‘This is my experience. This is what I feel. Do you recognize yourself in the mirror?’ That can kind of make the listener understand that they’re not alone.” – Steven Wilson