Digital metal is an amalgam of genres, but there are few who can claim to have made a song with such clarity, intensity, and intensity as Greg Glassman.
It’s a method of composition that requires both a good deal of talent and an equally good deal (or lack thereof) of patience, and it’s the sort of music that can be heard from any corner of the globe, whether it’s New York, Paris, or a studio in the suburbs of Atlanta.
In the video above, Glassman talks to me about the process of writing a digital metal song, how he feels about the lack of digital-only metal, and why he prefers to work in a studio over a band.
The full interview is below.
Q: Why is this the most difficult thing to write?
A: I was born in the ’90s, and when I was five years old, I went to a show at the Museum of Modern Art in New York City.
I went there on a Friday, and the first show I ever saw was this metal band, and I remember watching them play, and my mom was screaming, “You’re the worst fucking musician alive!
You’re fucking horrible!”
So I’ve been into metal since I was a little kid, so I kind of knew what to expect, but I didn’t have much of an idea of how to write music, and that was just what made it so difficult.
I didn: I never had a real sense of what it was to write metal songs.
I guess I didn; I knew that there were certain songs I could write, and others I could not.
I also knew I had to be careful with the genre of the songs I was writing.
If I was going to do a song that was going be the main point of focus, then it would have to be metal.
I wanted to write something that was very unique, and would be able to stand on its own, so it was like, Okay, I need to create a sound that I can’t really do in a lot of other genres.
That’s kind of how it was going into my first album.
I was trying to create something that I thought was really interesting, that was really unique, but that was also going to be about the music itself, so that’s how it evolved.
So how long did it take to write that first song?
I think about five months.
There was a certain song I wrote for my first record called “Rise From the Ashes,” which was about a boy named Alex, and his dad was kind of a rock and roll legend.
That was kind, you know, the kind of song I had been writing for years.
The second song I did for my third record was “The Long Dark Day,” which is about the Holocaust.
I wrote that for four years, and then the third record I wrote was “I’m Gonna Die,” which has been my song since the beginning of my career.
The third record, I wrote it on the spot, so when it came out, I didn.
The fourth album was called “I Will Be With You,” which I wrote during my summer break from my last record.
It was kind-of like a Christmas present.
The song that I wrote about my sister was, I don’t know, maybe about the beginning or middle of the last year or something.
Q, So that was the same person you wrote it about?
A, It was about the same time.
But I don.
I really don’t remember.
I mean, I can remember writing about the whole thing in a year or two, but it was about two or three years after that.
I can only remember two things: One, it was the song “The New Age,” which kind of describes my experience with the early bands, and is kind of about me being like, “OK, I’m in a weird place right now.”
I’m really into the New Age, but my dad had a lot more in common with that than the other people that I knew.
The other thing was the other song, “The Old Age,” where I wrote a very emotional song, and people weren’t happy.
And that was probably the song that actually changed me the most.
I don;t know what that was.
That one was really hard.
I had a hard time writing a song about my own life.
That song is kind- of about my father, and about his life.
And the other one, “Rising From the Ash,” is about my mother, and how she died.
The way that I feel about that song, which is pretty sad, is that it was written when my mom had just passed away, and at that time, I was living in a very small town.
And I felt really sad, because I didn&#@%$#, and she was the only one who loved me.
I felt like I had no friends or anything.