Trivium Interview – Exclusive Interview As Corey Beaulieu Talks About the New Drummer, the Next Album and Soundwave

February 6, 2010


Yesterday, February 5th, I spoke to Corey Beaulieu from Trivium about some important news; the announcement of their new drummer Nick Augusto, the progress of album number five and of course the Soundwave festival which they’ll be playing towards the end of February.

Firstly the thing everyone wants to know more about – earlier today you announced your new drummer.

Corey – Yes, our new drummer is a guy called Nick Augusto who’s an absolutely great dude and has been part of our crew for a while. Paolo’s good friends with him and used to play in a band with him before Trivium and when we were looking for a replacement Paolo suggested Nick. He really gives something extra to the band, it’s going really well.

We already recorded two songs with Nick, one original called “Shattering the Sky Above” and a cover we’ve been jamming for a while at sound checks, they both came out really well.

On various forums and social networking sites there have been a lot of mixed responses – any words of reassurance for your fans?

Stuff happens and it’s the best thing for the band to move forward. No band really wants to change members and it is hard but we found a guy who gels with us really well and it was what we had to do to keep going.

Another burning question is about the new album, what can you tell us about it?

It’s in progress right now, we’ve been jamming on songs and I think we have around four tracks but we’re getting ready to tour so we’ve not had a lot of time to work on things.

We’ll hopefully have all the songs together and fine tuned to go into the studio in the summer and get it out at the start of 2011, we don’t have much more information right now.

What about themes you’re exploring, the last album had some Japanese themes to it and you’ve also been known to reference mythology and some current events.

We want to get back to how our earlier stuff where the lyrics came from personal experience and were really emotional, maybe not totally descriptive but songs that people can connect to and have a special bond with. Mythology is cool and all but it just doesn’t connect in the same way.

You guys are definitely a touring band, I read you’ve played over 800 shows. What have you learnt from being on the road so much?

We’ll have played more than that by now. Touring has become our bread and butter and it’s what bands have to do these days because of how the record industry has changed and it helps pay for everything like recording.

On tour I’ve learned a lot about myself and how to live with others in such close quarters, people come out to your shows every night and expect to party but we have to play every night so you have to know your limitations.

You have to have some sort of control and keep healthy, if you go the wrong way you can only survive so long so you really have to know your limitations.

At the moment you’re not on tour, how important is it for your sanity?

It’s good but after a week or two it can become very boring and I really like having something to do; it’s hard to get back into the groove of being home and with nothing to do all day.

Before you head over to Australia for Soundwave you’re hitting Indonesia and the Philippines where I understand there are massive metal scenes.

Yeah, those are the first stops and we’re really pumped because we’ve never been there before. You know, it’s great to finally get to play to people who have waited four records to see us and it will be a great way to end the Shogun tour.

When you get in Australia there’s a competition giving a fan the chance to come bowling with you, are you any good?

(Laughs) I’m actually a good bowler so the winner better watch out! I live around the corner from a bowling alley. Paolo’s pretty good too but Matt’s not really into anything sporting. Nick will be the dark horse!

There have been whispers on Wikipedia that you’re talking to Jackson about having a signature guitar made, any info on this at all?

Yes! The guitars I’ll be playing at Soundwave will be the prototypes for my guitar. I love Jackson and I’ve been with them for over a year now. I was with Dean for a while and before that I was with Jackson.

The guitars I have now aren’t the final ones because we’re still working on some parts like paint but the shape is down and they should be produced in 2011. They took what I had in my head and turned it into a great guitar, I’m looking forward to seeing how it’ll develop.

I like guitars that feel really nice and play well, Jackson have always been my favourite brand because they feel great and look badass.

I saw an online announcement from Matt that encouraged your fans to burn and share Trivium Mix CDs or files online; what’s your thoughts on how the music industry is going?

I guess if people are going to steal music they might as well take ours! It’s a modern version of what tape trading was where it introduced people to new music. We’d like our fans to make a mix of something like their five favourite songs and give them to people who haven’t heard us before. It’s like a grassroots way of promoting our music to new people.

How do you feel about digital music and they way the record industry is changing?

We understand that CD’s don’t sell as well as they used to because kids are so used to getting stuff for free and just stealing it off the internet. People don’t really understand how the record industry works.

It is what it is and there’s not much that we as a band can do about it but it’s definitely a transitional period for everyone and hopefully the labels will find away to sell music and to afford to make new music.

These days if you go into a best buy or a record store there are less and less CD’s which is a shame. In a while the only place you’ll be able to find music will be on the internet.

You’ve been giving away soundboard recordings of your shows recently, what was the idea behind that? What are your thoughts on the live bootlegs?

It was an idea that someone brought up and it’s something we thought we could give to our fans who came to the shows as an extra something and they could say “this is the show I went to!” We don’t do it on every tour but we wanted to give something back.

Ok, being we’re obviously into our music in a hardcore way… so the token Music Vice question…  apart from music what other vices do you have?

I’m really into American football and I always watch sports. I love video games too which is a good way to keep occupied on tour!

© Danny Crombie, Music Vice

Related links:
Trivium Official Website
Soundwave 2010 Festival Preview

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16 Responses to Trivium Interview – Exclusive Interview As Corey Beaulieu Talks About the New Drummer, the Next Album and Soundwave

  1. Neil Lewis on February 6, 2010 at 9:56 am

    I dunno why people are bitching and whining about Travis getting replaced, IMO he was good but Nick is a level higher and will bring a tighter sound which is nothing but gd news.
    Never knew about them handing out cd’s at shows from off the soundboard, that’s pretty cool of em.

  2. Keifer Mermelstein on February 6, 2010 at 11:16 am

    i still wnt to know why Travis left. he was a great drummer but i guess i cant say anything about Nick ive never heard his matireal.

  3. joe on February 6, 2010 at 11:20 am

    they didn’t give the cds out at the shows. i bought tickets through ticketmaster and some time after the show i got a code to download the show through their website. pretty damn awesome

  4. foe on February 6, 2010 at 12:06 pm

    Get your apostrophes sorted out lol.

  5. Angela Friesen on February 6, 2010 at 12:10 pm

    Neil, they gave out accesss codes with ticket stubs (ticketmaster emailed them) to download the SB audio off of you can still purchase them there.

  6. Lee Lane on February 6, 2010 at 12:43 pm

    I went to one of their shows in Asheville, NC recently and got the “bootleg” of the show via email. Listening to it you can tell that Travis isn’t quite as “in the pocket” as he is in the studio (don’t get me wrong, he is an awesome drummer!). In his defense they did do a show the night before, so I know the whole band must’ve been feeling the effects. A killer show reguardless; Trivium is one of the best shows out there. But if the band feels they need to move onwards and upwards then we shouldn’t be upset. I’m sure Nick will bring something fresh to the band and a little refreshment once in a while goes a long way when you live life on the road!

  7. Neil Lewis on February 6, 2010 at 1:08 pm

    Thanks to Joe and Angela for the info, I should learn to read better!!
    @Foe, the apostrophes screwed up? stop using internet explorer

  8. yo on February 6, 2010 at 9:47 pm

    I like Nick

  9. Richard Lane on February 6, 2010 at 11:27 pm

    I’m definitely looking forward to checking out Corey’s signature model at Soundwave! Shattering should be up within the next few days apparently and I really can’t wait to hear the new sound – especially on Nick’s end; as he doesn’t uses a single bass with a double-kick…

  10. kostas on February 7, 2010 at 12:24 am

    i am really sad because of travis exit…
    for many reasons
    the first member with heafy…

  11. connor on February 7, 2010 at 9:28 pm

    Cant wait for the signature guitar he was talking about and travis left i think because of wanting to start a family which alot of band members in different bands leave cause of family so get over it guys

  12. isee dead people on February 7, 2010 at 10:36 pm

    I like Nick

  13. Ernest Sauer on February 8, 2010 at 3:51 am

    Yeah i’m with nich i’ve heard him before and his great behind the kit. When will they decide to come to South-Africa.

  14. Honkey-Z on February 8, 2010 at 1:54 pm

    I got the exclusive live download tracks through ticketmaster, too, and I think that’s one of the fucking coolest things I’ve ever heard of. Soon, people will realize what an original, and even ground-breaking, band Trivium really is. KEEP IT METAL!

  15. Jaimi on February 10, 2010 at 9:43 am

    I’m excited for Nick coming in and bringing new stuff to the table change is always good 🙂 Corey must be excited his football team took it home @ the SB. 🙂 Although next yr they’re going down by the Cowboys haha!! ox.

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