Maynard James Keenan a récemment eu l’occasion de répondre à une interview où le frontman a pu expliquer le process créatif de Tool et cela s’avère plutôt intéressant ! MJK explique notamment que si le process est si long pour sortir un album de Tool, c’est avant du fait de ses partenaires musicaux, aussi bien dans leur approche créative qu’une certaine pression due à l’attente générée depuis “10,000 Days” en 2006.

“Their writing process is so drawn out. And I’m sure there’s a lot of reasons why the delay has been long. Their process is very analytical, and I think, at some point, maybe because so much time has gone by from the last album, there has to be a little bit of fear in here. [You think to yourself] ‘Is this record gonna be as good as the last one?’ The anticipation now is… Now the pressure is huge, so I’m sure there’s some of that [that] goes into play.”

“As far as the way that Danny and Justin and Adam write, it’s a very tedious, long process. And they’re always going back over things and questioning what they did and stepping back and going back farther and going forward and, in a way, they’re laying a foundation, they’re putting in the footings for a house. So I can’t write melodies until the footings are in place. I can’t write words until the melodies are in place.

I can’t build walls and then start decorating this place until the foundation is in place. ‘Cause if they keep changing the foundation, changing the footings, the melodies change, and then the story, of course, isn’t getting written. So that’s where we are. There’s a lot of footings that keep shifting — lots of awesome footings, but they keep changing. And they keep changing their minds. So I don’t know if it’s a good thing or a bad thing; it’s just their process.”

Bien évidemment, le frontman ne met pas tout sur le dos de ses collègues, expliquant que lui-même peut vouloir imposer certains choix mais qu’au final, il est tout de même capable d’aller plus vite dans son process créatif, reste qu’il ne souhaite pas pour autant aller au contact en permanence. Comprendre son déménagement en Arizona n’a aucunement ralenti le process, pas plus que cela n’a créé de distance avec le reste du groupe.

Source: ThePRP