Metal Wani editor in chief Owais "Vitek" Nabi recently conducted an interview with DREAM THEATER keyboardist Jordan Rudess. You can now listen to the chat below. A couple of excerpts follow (transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET).
On whether DREAM THEATER's next album will be musically inspired by the band's recent "Images, Words & Beyond" tour, which saw the pioneering group celebrating the 25th anniversary of its milestone RIAA-gold-certified album "Images And Words":
Jordan: "Certainly going back to 'Images And Words' was meaningful for us. And it was great for the fans. It was an exciting show. You could see in the fans' faces and their energy that they were super pumped up and into it. And being that we do have our next album to look forward to, having done that tour and experienced the magic of that album, yeah, I think that influences and kind of brings us closer to our roots a little bit, the foundation of what the band was all about in those days and what really made the biggest statement for who DREAM THEATER is. So it's kind of cool that we did that. And now, come around May or June, we're gonna get into the studio and really start putting together something else — the next album — and it's gonna be a lot of fun."
On DREAM THEATER's plan to work on material for the follow-up to 2016's "The Astonishing":
Jordan: "We're just gonna go in and we're gonna throw around ideas and write some music for the first period of time and then take it from there."
On the musical direction of DREAM THEATER's next album:
Jordan: "I think that we're interested to just put our heads together and find something that we feel is really representative of who we are. Yeah, I think maybe a little bit on the heavier side. Certainly nothing like a concept album, since we already did 'The Astonishing' and we had a lot of fun, and it was a wonderful, creative project. Now I think maybe [we'll be] returning a little bit more to the roots, and that probably involves a little bit of a harder approach, I guess, to the sound, but never losing sight of the melody. DREAM THEATER is DREAM THEATER — it's always a stylistic blend of a lot of different things. But all I can say about it at this point is we wanna kind of figure out what the core of who we are and what the music is and just kind of present that."
DREAM THEATER's next studio album — its 14th — will be the band's first for Sony Music's progressive imprint InsideOut Music. The group spent the past 25 years recording under various labels in the Warner Music Group system, most recently Roadrunner Records, which released five albums by the band between 2007 and 2016.