Collective Soul Look Back Over 25 Years, Ahead To New 'Live' Album
Bassist Will Turpin delves into what has changed and what remains the same throughout three amazing decades for Collective Soul
- Genre : Pop
- Type : Interviews
- Author : Super Admin
- Date : Wed, 25 Apr 2018
After achieving swift fame through the global success of 'Shineâ€�, the members of Collective Soul have now continued to rock stages around the world for over 20 years. The band continues to play upwards of 100 live shows per year, and yet has never released a live album - that is until now. Collective Soul - Live was crafted from a collection of over 160 live shows recorded over the past two years, following after the release of their ninth studio album See What You Started by Continuing in October 2015. The entire band, with the help of engineer/mixer and 'sixth man' Shawn Grove, then picked the best performances from that extensive set of touring to create this new live album. ARTISTdirect's Christopher Friedmann caught up with Collective Soul co-founder and bassist Will Turpin to discuss the band's first live record, the changes that he has seen in the past 20 years plus, and his biggest musical memories - the ones that still resonate after all this time.
Christopher Friedmann: We are talking because you are about to release your first-ever proper live album, Collective Soul - Live. Just to start how is the mood in camp?
Will Turpin: 20-something years later, we're excited about the live release. We should probably even continue to do more of those because we love playing live so much. Just like always, even 23 years later, we are already thinking about the new release and the next thing. So yeah, the mood in camp is really all about the studio release early next year...
CF: Now you said 23, but I thought this year marks the band's 25th anniversary?
WT: ' Yeah, I mean we really count '94 as the kinda career-starting year. I was the last one to join the band. I joined at the end of '93' Collective Soul was playing shows with four of the five guys in '92, but we got signed to Atlantic Records in early '94, so that's what we kind of consider as being on the map or whatever...
CF: What is different now from when you released Collective Soul back in 1995?
WT: Well, we've got kids and our schedules a little different. In 1994 and '95, we were recording songs and playing over 200 live shows in both of those years. It was like 215, and the second year it was like 222 shows, so we went from the end of '93 doing some charity shows and having the small college station in Atlanta playing something off of an independent label, a little song called 'Shineâ€�... to by the end of '94 we're signed to Atlantic Records, were opening up for Aerosmith. We take two months during the holiday season, go to Miami, record the second record, which is self-titled, by the time we are finish up that record, Sammy Hagar is literally calling us in the studio asking us when we're done and can we open up for Van Halen, and that's spring '95. There's not going to be anything like that again and now me and Ed are fathers and we still have an extreme passion, and we feel like there is something magical when we get together and play, but we do about 100 shows a year, and we focus on family and other things, our side projects musically as well.
CF: I know you guys released a live album with the Atlanta Youth Orchestra back in 2016, Â but this is your 'first' proper live album: Why did 2017 seem like the right time to put one out?
WT: We've got stuff recorded that goes way back, it's just I think, especially back in the day, every release was so strategic and thought out... so take the early days - there are some bootlegs that I'm proud of that are out there. But take out the early days because Atlantic Records wanted new music. I think part of us was just we don't want to invest the time all these years, and then finally we were just like, 'know what, let's definitely do a live record...â€� We hear too often how good we are live, and we do festivals with other bands, and every time we play live we seem to stick out amongst the