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Brooklyn Vegan Interviews Neurosis' Scott Kelly

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Brooklyn Vegan recently interviewed Neurosis front man Scott Kelly about his new project, Shrinebuilder, Combat Music Radio, and how he prepares mentally for a show. The interview is well done, but there is an interesting exchange about how Scott gets ready for a show.

As far as getting ready for a show, do you have any personal rituals that you adhere to? Maybe like, an hour of silence before the show or something?

Not quite like an hour of silence type of thing. It's something that kind of starts creeping about three days before the gig then it just slowly comes over me until that moment, and then at that moment, it just goes. There is some rituals involved with it, but they are really personal, so I don't ever share them because they work for me. Its something I really don't want to open up.

That's why it's personal. Totally understood.

It's important to guard that stuff and to have those barriers in place, because psychically, it's a dangerous place to be. It's so wide open.. it's a total split honestly. The limitations are non-existant (sic) as far as what can happen... where my mind will take me at that time. So I have to be guarded in a way and kinda prepare myself for what's gonna happen, because when it happens, I don't even know. It's a pretty unconscious experience until it's over. The main thing is to leave it there... because when you start to bring that shit in your regular life, you get fucking problems. It's taken me a lot of time to harness it... it's pretty serious shit whatever it is.

You definitely bring a lot of intensity on stage.

It's just bringing everything, you know? Just every single thing. All right there. Then just closing it up and moving back on.

I understand completely....

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