Steve Vai was one of many many visitors on Polyphia‘s latest report Bear in mind That You Will Die, which because it seems a was a collaboration within the works since 2019. In an interview with Guitar World, Polyphia guitarist Tim Henson recollects going to Vai‘s home to indicate him some music and blowing his audio system out. Henson stated it wasn’t intentional, however that Vai‘s iTunes was configured a bit of too scorching to deal with a Polyphia 808 bass drop.
“We knew going into it that it must be essential. We have had this concept since 2019. Steve invited us to jam with him at a NAMM present; afterward, we requested him about being on one among our songs.
“All through the following few years, we tried to seek out the precise tune, and this one ended up because the final one we did. It was one of many craziest, ‘notey’ songs we had, however the problem was determining how it could work with Steve. We labored up totally different sections of it however made it in a method that it form of begins over, if that makes any sense. It turned one thing actually intense, after which we despatched it off to Steve.
“We went to go to him at his home, which was so fucking cool. His studio is sort of a youngsters’s storybook library; it is super-magical, with vegetation and a loft. We performed him three songs earlier than we performed the one we needed him to be on.
“For some cause, his iTunes was too scorching for his audio system – and he is bought actually huge audio system – and the monitor was clipping like loopy. We had no thought why it appeared like that, however he thought it was actually cool. There was this heavy 808 drop within the tune, and it blew out his audio system! [Laughs]”
Henson added that Vai bought visibly pissed off concerning the scenario, which is honest – having your costly residence audio system blown out sucks. Henson later goes on to debate the collaboration with Vai, saying they initially chopped his solo as much as the purpose that Vai wasn’t even positive what to make of it.
“Steve stated, ‘Do no matter you need with it. That is my reward to you.’ So we chopped his stuff up and despatched it again to him. It took him just a few days to reply. I believe he was fairly greatly surprised. He stated, ‘I did not anticipate to listen to myself so Polyphia-ized.’ We actually chopped his shit up, which I do not assume anyone had completed earlier than. We ended up going again and making it true to the unique, solely as a result of we needed him to be actually proud of it. We meant no disrespect – we similar to to strive issues.”
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