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Devin Townsend Puts DEVIN TOWNSEND PROJECT On Hiatus, Is Working On Four Albums

He's working on four non-DTP albums right now.

He's working on four non-DTP albums right now.

In a completely unexpected turn of events, Devin Townsend has decided to put Devin Townsend Project on hold to work on a few different artist pursuits. Townsend says he's currently working on four new albums, though he's also said that before and included a Devin Townsend Project into that number. So is that album now not happening? Or has it become something else? He's also hinted at maybe getting heavier again and working on a project with Opeth frontman Mikael Akerfeldt, so it's difficult to say exactly what's going on here. Though to be fair, he also has said that he was getting close to being done with the Devin Townsend Project sound pretty soon anyway, so I guess that day has finally come.

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Devin Townsend Project existed from 2008 to 2018, though that's not to say this is the end either. Townsend ends the first paragraph of his statement by saying "in the future, I'm sure we'll work again." Whether that's with Devin Townsend Project or just the members isn't clear, but hey – thanks for the diverse and phenomenal music, Devin. We're looking forward to what comes next!

Hey guys, Devin here.

So after 8 years of touring with DTP, I've decided to take a break from this band and focus on a number of other projects I've been really wanting to do for some time now. The band have been there with me through thick and thin and we've shared some pretty great moments – I can’t say enough good things about them – And in the future, I'm sure we'll work again.

I have 4 new albums I am currently working on. I am currently in the finishing stages one of the grandest and most overwhelming projects that I have been fortunate to do. It's certainly my favourite DVD release of them all and is a powerful moment, if I can say so myself. Ocean Machine Live In Plovdiv (tentative name) Mixing the orchestras, choirs, the 'by-request' set and the full Ocean Machine album in that magnificent setting has been hugely rewarding. Seeing this spectacle come to life is a testament to this period of work and I can't wait for you to see and hear it.

Life is short and I have a lot I need to say in some new and different avenues. I will certainly continue to play live in several new ways (starting next year) and I'm excited about some collaborative things that have also come up as well.

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I salute the band, the team, and the audience for allowing us to do what we have done and the patience to accommodate my persistent morphing. As someone who’s music is connected to his personal growth, I feel an obligation to follow this muse wherever it leads. To not do so would be in direct opposition to what it is I have fundamentally done for all these years.

Peace and respect,
Devin Townsend

If you are interested in working with any of the guys in the DTP, they are working musicians. Please contact them below with requests:

Mike St-Jean:
Lighting and visual design, Drums, Keyboards, session work: contact@mikestjean.com

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Dave Young:
for production, mixing, mastering:
youngbrosproductions@gmail.com

Brian Waddell: https://www.facebook.com/Brian-Beav-Waddell-15130110422669…/

Ryan VanPoederooyen:
Drumming Session work or live work, Teaching: ‘Hire Ryan’ section at www.rvpdrums.com

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