One-time frontman for Morbid Angel, Steve Tucker discusses his work with Nader Sadek for the In The Flesh album, his inspiration for the theme, and what to expect from him in the near future.
SoT: Hi Steve. Thanks for taking time out for this interview for www.seaoftranquility.org. 'In the Flesh' is a very impressive work. It's like the soundtrack to a surreal nightmare. Can you tell us about how the collaboration with Nader Sadek came about?
Tucker: Back in 2006, Nader and I started talking, he found my email and contacted me about possibly composing some music to be used with his art in an exhibit.. Over time , it became an idea of making an album and Nader doing all the visuals, artwork, videos, etc.
SoT: What was it that appealed to you about working with him for 'In The Flesh'?
Tucker: Obviously, working with Flo and Blasphemer was an exciting thing for me, All that I had to do was , write some music and here are these amazing musicians, capable of playing anything... That would appeal to any musician.
SoT: Can you tell us about the creative process in the making of 'In The Flesh'? Did Sadek have specific ideas for the music or was it a collaborative effort?
Tucker: Nader and Blasphemer composed the instrumental together, Nader gave his opinion from time to time on the music, However myself and Rune wrote the songs and we finished them together with Flo. These aren't Nader's riffs or songs, or lyrics. Nader and myself have talked for years about this and have definitely thrown ideas off of each other, but when it came time to make music, he let us do what we do.
SoT: Lyrically, 'In The Flesh' steers clear of subjects that have become clichéd in death metal and focuses on mankind's destructive obsession with petroleum. Why did you decide upon this theme? Were the lyrics written in collaboration?
Tucker: I wrote the lyrics. Nader and I had talked about the subject matter for years, and he asked me to write about sulfer, which I did, However, I scrapped most of my lyrics in the studio. The subject at hand became very clear when we were recording, This is when the BP oil spill happened in the Gulf of Mexico... This flicked a switch in my head. Nader had been asking me what my lyrics were, etc. I kept it to myself because it was evolving. It seemed to me that I needed to digest what I was seeing… The reality that we harvest oil, to put in machines that in turn, destroy our environment, it is absurd!! It shows how big the human ego is!! Humans believe that we are the most important thing in the universe, and that nothing else is out there, and the entire universe is at our disposal. We are destructive to our surroundings, because we feel self important and indestructible. We consume and devour, without acknowledging that eventually our planet will either run out of things to consume or, it will revolt. I am not a tree hugger, not by any means, I am no hippie. However I am intelligent enough to know that what we do to our planet is beyond ridiculous.
SoT: How did you find working with Blasphemer and Flo Mounier?
Tucker: Absolutely Brilliant!!! They are amazing musicians!!!
SoT: Are there any plans for touring 'In The Flesh'? And if so, will the musicians on the album be involved?
Tucker: I am not sure of what will happen in the future. The main part of Flo ,Blasphemer and myself will hopefully make more music soon.
SoT: Are you working with any other bands or on any other projects at the moment? Can you tell us about them? What can we expect from you in the near future?
Tucker: I do have projects going on, and I am working with bands producing them and doing mixes and mastering. I would say, expect to see a lot more of me. Cheers!
SoT: Again, thanks for taking time out for this interview for www.seaoftranquility.org
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