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Hey Per, I've noticed that as well as playing guitar you also drink beer. How many beers do you have to have before things start to go downhill?

Zach Millward
With Meshuggah, I never have more than 2-3 beers/drinks before a show because of the focus I need to have to not mess up the songs too much. With Scar Symmetry and Nocturnal Rites I can drink a little bit more on occasion. Alcohol can be a nice crutch to get in the right mood for a show but I really dig playing sober too. As a contrast, I don't usually party very hard post-show, maybe a beer or two with the band right after the show to relax and "come down". Mostly IPA

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Hey Per, Iain from Onslaught and Endeavour here ? Wondering about your lead tone. You mix in a phaser and use a bit of chorus on it? Anything else you do to give it size, I struggle a bit to dial in tones that sound thick and wide once they're played in mono

Iain 'GT' Davies
Oh yeah, I employ different strategies to make my lead tone sound wide and big, including stereo delay, reverb, and stereo modulation such as phaser and chorus. I like to place the stereo phaser in front of the amp (you need a stereo ampsim or two real amps) so it's like the classic EVH phaser-before-distortion sound but in stereo :) I sometimes use a stereo chorus but after the amp/cab.
I roll off a lot of high and low frequencies from the delay, which enables me to use generous amounts of delay, giving the tone width and body without drowning things

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You used to play 7 strings primarily, then explored the 8-string. Turns out 9-strings are a thing right now too. Are you inclined to explore them too, or "less is more"?

Adam K. Gola
I was never really interested in playing 8 string guitars in the past - I didn't feel like I needed the extra range and I had never tried one that wasn't a bitch to play. Lately though, I wrote a couple of 8 string songs for Scar Symmetry and I got the Meshuggah gig, so I had Strandberg make me an 8 string version of my sig model, where we went to great lengths to come up with a much-improved new neck profile which solved the playability concerns I had from other 8 strings. I don't see myself adding even more strings to my instrument though - I would need to grow bigger hands then

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Per pls let Phase II begin I'll offer you some beer

Khristian
Dude I'm listening to Phase II every day here :) It's not finished though, still a lot of work, but everything's written and I'm like 75% done with the tracking. It's gonna be a massive motherfucker of an album, like at least an hour long. Right now I'm recording backing vocals for a fast, thrashy track called 'A Voyage with Tailed Meteors'. I don't think I've ever been this excited about a Scar Symmetry album, I think it will be worth the wait and then some :)

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Hi Per. So I have been practicing and composing for 8-9 years now, and I'm not where I want to be, but I still believe in myself to "make it". Music is the only thing I wanna do as it's really the only thing where I find true joy. I do guitar, production and composition. How do I afford to live?

Peter Koglein
If you want to do music as a full time thing, be prepared to earn money from a multitude of sources. Very few people get a proper paycheck from being in a band. If you can play, produce and compose, that'll go a long way - maybe you could consider teaching as well.
Unless you have some sort of overnight success and get rocket launched into stardom and amazing career opportunities, be prepared that it might take a bit to get your wheels rolling. Keep your living costs and expenses low so that you can afford to spend all of your time on music projects - there's not a lot of money floating around in the music biz, budgets are notoriously tight and you might have to accept doing production and session work for next to nothing when you start out.
Always make sure to be on top of your game, and I can't stress enough the importance of being a chill, affable sweetheart as social skills might be just as big a factor as your chops landing you your next gig.
Paydays have a tendency of being erratic, so keep a buffer for a rainy day. Having a spouse with a more normal job situation can also be helpful - it's a relief knowing that there'll always be food on the table even if that big production got cancelled last minute or that record label owing you money just filed for bankruptcy :)

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Any advice for recording vocals outside a studio? I've surfed da netz and had poor results finding a direction to go. (Gear necessities, room choice, etc.) Renting gear shouldn't be a problem but we don't want to have to rent a studio. Thanks!!

Zach Millward
My advice would be:
- if you record at home, your room probably has some less desirable properties, so make sure to put up some sort of sound absorbing materials around your vocalist. Sofas, pillows, curtains, duvets etc, most important places to cover are hard surfaces that are parallel to other hard surfaces :)
- for gear, you don't need to spend a fortune. There are plenty of affordable mics to choose from, and if your audio interface have a nice enough micpre you might be all set! If there's room in your budget, maybe you should look into buying (or renting) a nicer micpre - I'd much rather have a cheap mic and expensive micpre than the other way around. Don't forget a pop filter!

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Why does everyone always quit your band? I hope you don't become like Michael Keene and the Faceless.

Dr. Nasty
The few times I've met Michael Keene he has been a super sweet guy, and he's very talented obviously. I don't know anything really of the inner workings of his band though, but they've put out some killer music and I'm excited to hear what they'll release next.
I think it's pretty well-established that in my role as the spiritual leader of Scar Symmetry, I'm an autocratic douche canoe and people hate working with me - or, maybe it's just that after twelve years of being a band, having lost three members (one got fired, two wanted to pursue other career paths) actually isn't that bad, statistically speaking. Black Dahlia Murder has lost more than that in a similar time frame, same with Periphery, Soilwork, Evergrey, Aborted, Veil of Maya and many other bands that I consider myself a fan of - and I'm sure the reasons are as numerous as the amount of people these bands have lost... and all of these bands mentioned have some serious sweethearts in their folds so it can't be all that bad :)
Thanks for your concern though. Imma crack open a beer now and listen to some Planetary Duality, cheers!

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Do you know what would be really awesome? An entire chorus sung together by Lars and Roberth. Something like Domination Agenda's Chorus, or the last chorus of Slaves to the Subliminal, or in Neohuman after the final solo (Celebrate as the old past ways wither).. Anything similiar planned?

Khristian
Dude I just wrote a song where the chorus will be sung by Lars, Roberth and me, and the verses have Lars and Roberth alternate like crazy with a few growl spots for Lars as well, it'll probably end up on Phase II

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Hey Per, any plans on what comes after the Singularity trilogy? If you'd like to make albums following this presumably epic trilogy; do you have any sort of themes/stories/concepts you'd like a future album to be based around (that you're willing to share with us)?

I don't have a clue as to what we're gonna do once we've finished the trilogy. To me, the Singularity trilogy will be the ultimate Scar Symmetry statement, and if we would call it a day once the touring cycle for Phase III (some years from now) is over, we'd leave on a high note without any regrets.
It's hard to tell right now what a post-Singularity album would be like, maybe something much more simple and accessible than the trilogy. There certainly are a lot of both familiar and unexplored corners of the Scar Symmetry universe that we could revisit or discover.

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Do you think there will be a Kickstarter or a pre - order for the new album? If so, what would them include?

Khristian
Not for Scar Symmetry, no. There's no need to crowdfund an album when we're signed to a big metal label. Maybe we should crowdfund next time we tour, since we often lose money on touring. Dunno exactly what perks we'd offer - pre-selling merch would be cool, VIP soundcheck hangouts, on-tour guitar lessons, exclusive naked hugs with any band member (or at twice the cost, make a human Oreo with Roberth and Lars).
Our record label will do a pre-order bundle for our next album as per usual, I'm sure. Most likely a CD and a T-shirt, we haven't discussed that yet. Maybe it would make sense to offer some other merch items as well, for example a limited run of Scar Symmetry waffle griddles.
"Griddle Prototype I - Measurement of Batter"

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