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Steven Wilson

From: England, United Kingdom
Last Known Status: Active


Steven John Wilson (born 3 November 1967) is a British musician, best known as the founder, lead guitarist, singer and songwriter of progressive rock band Porcupine Tree. He is involved in many other bands and musical projects both as musician and producer (including No-Man and Blackfield) and also maintains a solo career.

Wilson is a self-taught producer, audio engineer, guitar and keyboard player, playing other instruments as and where required (including bass guitar, concert harp, hammer dulcimer and flute).

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Jolly Kills Steven Wilson

New York City progressive/alternative rock group Jolly just launched the first clip in a series of animated shorts called The Jollyshow. In this first episode, entitled "Jolly Kills Steven Wilson," things get messy when the lovable but naïve Jolly unknowingly meet prog idol, Steven Wilson (Porcupine Tree, Storm Corrosion). Spoiler art: it doesn't end well.

Commented Jollydrummer, Louis Abramson: "The progressive rock community is truly a special one. There are so many nuances that only those on the inside could understand. We decided to pay homage and show our love to the prog world in the best way we know how - by making fun of it. The beauty about the prog community is that everyone could take a joke, or at least we hope! But really, we do believe that people will see our nonsense as an act of love. Any fan of Jolly knows that Steven Wilson is a huge influence on us.

"We are very excited about this cartoon beyond the cheap laughs. This cartoon is 100 percent created by the band, from start to finish. The same goes for our music, and all our other video content. Our aim is to show the world that the only thing it takes to make quality content is heart."

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Steven Wilson Posts New Music Video

Mutiple Grammy nominee, producer, and progressive rock torchbearer Steven Wilson (Porcupine Tree, Storm Corrosion) has released the first video from his forthcoming solo album, "The Raven that Refused to Sing (and Other Stories)."

Produced, animated, and co-directed by Jessica Cope (Frankenweenie, The Astronomer’s Sun) and co-directed with additional animation by Simon Cartwright (The Astronomer’s Sun), the video for “The Raven That Refused To Sing” is a short film based on Wilson and Hajo Müller’s own short story for the track. The video can be viewed below.

"The Raven that Refused to Sing (and Other Stories)," Wilson’s third solo effort, releases February 26th, 2013 on Kscope and will feature a limited 4-disc deluxe edition (Blu-ray, DVD and 2CD) packaged in a 128-page hardback book containing lyrics, short stories by Wilson, and haunting images and illustrations by Hajo Mueller. Standard double vinyl, CD and Blu-Ray editions will also be available. More...

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Storm Corrosion Signs With Roadrunner Records

Storm Corrosion, the collaboration project between Opeth's Mikael Akerfeldt and Porcupine Tree's Steven Wilson, has announced that it has signed on with Roadrunner Records. The label will release the duo's self-titled debut album on April 24th. The following press released was issued by Roadrunner Records.

"Roadrunner Records is pleased to announce the signing of Storm Corrosion.

Storm Corrosion is the long-discussed and highly anticipated collaboration between two of the modern progressive rock scene’s most innovative and multi-talented artists: Mikael Åkerfeldt of Opeth and Porcupine Tree’s Steven Wilson. The pair will release Storm Corrosion on April 24 via Roadrunner Records.

A little background information on the genesis of this project: Åkerfeldt and Wilson have been friends since the late ’90s, when Wilson co-produced Opeth’s revered Blackwater Park album. Over the years, they’d often spoken of working on a project together, but it wasn’t until recently that they managed to make something happen, when Mikael flew over to visit Steven in the U.K. and they ended up in Wilson’s home studio throwing ideas around. That visit was the nascence of a whole self-titled album, written and produced by the pair, and mixed by Wilson. More...

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Steven Wilson Talks Mikael Akerfeldt Collaboration

Metal Injection caught up with Porcupine Tree frontman and solo artist Steve Wilson at the New York stop of his solo tour. During the 10-minute video interview available below, Wilson discussed his new solo album, "Grace For Drowning," his day job in Porcupine Tree and Wilson also goes into depth about his forthcoming collaboration with Opeth frontman Mikael Akerfeldt.

Here is what he had to say about the collaboration:

"Well the only stuff I've collaborated with Mikael on in the past has been working on his records. This is obviously a collaboration, so it's a different approach. We sat in a room together and wrote music together, rather than taking his music that he'd already written and working it into a record. We actually started from the very basics, composition and arranging. If you'd ask me three months ago, I would have said expect the last thing you would've expected. But actually, now that [Opeth's new record] Heritage has come out, and [Steve Wilson's solo album] Grace of Drowning has come out, I don't think it's going to be that much of a shock to people because it's almost like a third part of the trilogy in a way."

Wilson continued, "If anything, it's even more orchestral, more stripped down, even more dark, twisted and melancholy… but it certainly feels like it comes from the same place as Heritage and Grace For Drowning, which indeed it does because it was written during the same period. We were, in a way, egging each other on to do those particular records but also at the same time coming up with the music that's now going to be on Storm Corrosion. So it's a very orchestral record, as you'd expect, the songs are quite long and develop in unusual ways. I'm realistic about it, that half the people are going to hate it and half the people are going to fall in love with it. I'd be happy with that anyway." More...

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Steven Wilson Posts Two New Music Videos

Steven Wilson, better known as the frontman for progressive rock act Porcupine Tree, has released two new music videos taken from his forthcoming solo album "Grace For Drowning." The album, which is the follow up to his 2008 solo debut "Insurgentes," which will see its North American release on September 27th through K-Scope Music. The record will contain two separate albums from Wilson packaged together. One album has been titled "Deform To Form A Star" while the second will carry the title of "Like Dust I Have Cleared From My Eye." Steven Wilson commented on "Grace For Drowning" by saying;

"Insurgentes was an important step for me into something new. This record takes that as a starting point, but it’s more experimental and more eclectic. For me the golden period for music was the late sixties and early seventies, when the album became the primary means of artistic expression, when musicians liberated themselves from the 3 minute pop song format, and started to draw on jazz and classical music especially, combining it with the spirit of psychedelia to create 'journeys in sound' I guess you could call them. So without being retro, my album is a kind of homage to that spirit. There’s everything from [Ennio] Morricone-esque film themes to choral music to piano ballads to a 23 minute progressive jazz–inspired piece. I’ve actually used a few jazz musicians this time, which is something I picked up from my work remixing the King Crimson records."

You can check out the music videos for the songs "Index" and "Track One" below. More...

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Porcupine Tree Frontman Reveals Solo Album Title

Steven Wilson, frontman of U.K. progressive rock veterans Porcupine Tree, has revealed that his forthcoming solo album will carry the title of "Grace For Drowning" and will serve as the follow up to 2008's "Insurgentes" (reviewed here). While no other details were given, Wilson has released the following two video trailers online which features artwork from the upcoming release.


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Steven Wilson Side Project Announces Live Date

Steven Wilson, frontman of progressive act Porcupine Tree, has announced that his side project act No-Man will be appearing at the forthcoming Burning Shed 10th anniversary event on October 14, 2011.

The appearance will mark the first time the band has performed together since 2008 and will feature the group playing a 45 minute set, including some songs never played live before.

The event is set to take place on October 14, 2011 at the Assembly in Leamington Spa which is located one and a half hours from London, England.

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Porcupine Tree Frontman Cancels Blackfield Gigs

Porcupine Tree vocalist and guitarist Steven Wilson has announced that he will be canceling several of his forthcoming tour dates with his Blackfield side project. The cancellation, which currently includes four of the band's upcoming stops, is due to the passing of Steven Wilson's father. Wilson posted a short statement online which reads:

"Cleveland, Detroit, Chicago and Vancouver are all also definitely cancelled. My apologies to all those who bought tickets or made travel arrangements to come to these concerts, I hate doing this, but the circumstances are exceptional. As soon as I know when the tour can resume I will let you know."

All of us at Metalunderground.com offer our condolences to the Wilson family.

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Blackfield Announces 2011 World Tour

Porcupine Tree frontman Steven Wilson is preparing to embark on a 2011 World Tour under the collaboration name Blackfield. Blackfield is the progressive rock project between Wilson and Israeli rock icon Aviv Geffen. The band will be touring in support of its new album, titled "Welcome to my DNA," which will be released on March 28, 2011 though Atlantic Records/Snapper Music. You can view the full list of dates, cities and venues below:

1st April - Tel Aviv - Reading 3, ISRAEL
6th April - Leamington - Assembly, ENGLAND
7th April - Manchester - Academy 2, ENGLAND
8th April - London - Shepherd’s Bush Empire, ENGLAND
10th April - Amsterdam - Paradiso, NETHERLANDS
12th April - Hamburg - Markthalle, GERMANY
13th April - Berlin - C-Club, GERMANY
14th April - Warsaw - Progresja Club, POLAND
15th April - Krakow - Studio Club, POLAND
17th April - Munich - Ampere, GERMANY
18th April - Pratteln - Z7, SWITZERLAND
19th April - Milan - Magazzini Generali, ITALY
20th April - Rome - Alpheus ITALY
21st April - Treviso - New Age, ITALY
23rd April - Karlsruhe - New Substage, GERMANY
24th April - Frankfurt - Batschkapp, GERMANY
25th April - Bochum - Matrix, GERMANY
26th April - Cologne - Stollwerck, GERMANY
28th April - Antwerp - Trix Hall, BELGIUM
29th April - Trianon - Paris, FRANCE
18th May - Washington, DC - 9:30 Club, USA
19th May - Philadelphia, PA - Theater of the Living Arts, USA
20th May - New York, NY - Irving Plaza, USA
21st May - Boston, MA - Royale Boston, USA
23rd May - Montreal, QC - Le National, CANADA
25th May - Cleveland, OH - House of Blues, USA
26th May - Detroit, MI - St Andrew's Hall, USA
27th May - Chicago, IL - Park West, USA
30th May - Vancouver, BC - Rickshaw Theatre, CANADA
31st May - Seattle, WA - Studio Seven, USA
1st June - Portland, OR - Aladdin Theater, USA
3rd June - San Francisco, CA - Great American Music Hall, USA
4th June - Los Angeles, CA - El Rey Theatrer, USA
6th June - Mexico City, MEX - Metropolitan Theater, MEXICO

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Steven Wilson Talks New Solo Album

British progressive rock veteran, and founder of Porcupine Tree, Steven Wilson has posted the following update online in regards to his forthcoming solo album:

"My second solo album is nearing completion. It will be in the form of 2 separate 40 minute albums released in the same 2 CD set, and will also come as a blu-ray with surround mix, high definition stereo and a lot of visual material (Lasse is already working hard on films for many of the songs.) We're also planning a special Insurgentes style hard back book edition with a full length bonus CD of additional material.

"A year in the making, this is without doubt my biggest project to date, perhaps my most ambitious and personal music, and with some phenomenal musicians and performances on it (drummer Nic France in particular is going to blow a lot of people away). We hope a website will launch around April/May to start previewing material, with the album scheduled for September."

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Song Samples Available From New Blackfield Album

Porcupine Tree frontman Steven Wilson is preparing to release his third album under the collaboration name Blackfield. Blackfield is the progressive rock project between Wilson and Israeli rock icon Aviv Geffen. The new album, titled "Welcome to my DNA," will be released on March 28, 2011 though Atlantic Records/Snapper Music and will be fully supported by a European and United States tour. "Welcome to my DNA" is the follow up to 2007's "Blackfield II."

More information on the new album can be found at this location.

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Steven Wilson To Release Third Blackfield Album

Porcupine Tree mainman Steven Wilson is preparing to release his third album under the collaboration name Blackfield. Blackfield is the project between Wilson and Israeli rock icon Aviv Geffen. The new album, titled "Welcome to my DNA," will be released in late March of 2011 though Atlantic Records/Snapper Music and will be fully supported by a European and United States tour. "Welcome to my DNA" is the follow up to 2007's "Blackfield II."

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Steven Wilson Posts New Release Online For Free

Porcupine Tree frontman and accomplished songwriter Steven Wilson has posted his new vinyl release, titled "Tape Experiments 1985-86," online for free streaming. The seven tracks that comprise "Tape Experiments 1985-86" were originally intended to be included as bonus material to Steven Wilson's debut film "Insurgentes," named after his debut solo album of the same name (reviewed here). You can listen to the experimental audio tracks at this location. "Tape Experiments 1985-86" is set for release on November 30, 2010 through BurningShed.

Here is the "Tape Experiments 1985-86" tracklisting:
1. Cries of Lucia [10:34]
2. I May Be Some Time [5:57]
3. Constellation [3:23]
4. Them No 1 [4:31]
5. The Life and Times of Sigmund Freud [3:56]
6. Wood Between Worlds [5:12]
7. Seen [3:47]

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Porcupine Tree Posts DVD Clip Online

British progressive rock icons Porcupine Tree have posted a new clip from its latest DVD release "Anesthetize." The clip features the band's full performance of the track "Sleep Together" which is taken from its 2007 album "Fear of a Blank Planet." You can view the video below:

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Porcupine Tree Frontman Talks Downloading

British progressive rock veterans Porcupine Tree has posted a new video interview online. The video interview features Steven Wilson discussing illegal downloading and its impact on the music industry. Porcupine Tree's latest album, "The Incident," was released in September of 2009 through Roadrunner Records. You can view the interview below:

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Porcupine Tree Frontman Talks Opeth Collaboration

In another interview with Roadrunner Records U.K Porcupine Tree frontman Steven Wilson discussed details surrounding the forthcoming collaboration album with Mikael Akerfeldt of Opeth. The debut release from the Steven Wilson/Mikael Akerfeldt project, currently titled "Storm Corrosion," is planned for release sometime within 2011.

Steven Wilson commented by saying:

"The funny thing is that the music we're making together is actually nothing like either of us made before. Because I think we both had this idea of this kind of music that we knew we couldn't get our bands to play, but that we both kind of understood where we were coming from. 'Cause we have this kind of passion [for] very experimental, obscure records, almost orchestral in their scope. And we wanted to make a record like that for a long time. It's a long way from metal and it's a long way from anything that, I think, Mikael has ever done, including the 'Damnation' record. I think a lot of people thought, 'Oh, it's gonna be like 'Damnation'.' It's not; it's a long way from that, too. And it's actually a long way from anything I've done; [it's] possibly closer to aspects of things I've done, but really quite distinct from anything I've ever [released]. [It's] very orchestral, lots of strings, lots of guitars and vocals, too. Lots of very long songs that kind of go in different directions that you don't necessarily expect them to go in — almost theatrical in a way. And we both kind of admitted to ourselves that there are a lot of fans out there that are probably gonna hate it. But we're doing it for us. The one thing we didn't wanna do is get together and do a prog-metal supergroup, which would have been so easy to do — and kind of expected, in a way. And, you know, we might do that anyway one day. But this time around, we thought, 'Let's just do this [kind of] record.' Some people will love it and some people will not, and that's OK, because, in a way, I don't think we wanted to just give what was expected, and we're certainly not doing that."

You can view the full video interview at this location.

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