In a new interview with Fabrizio Pedrotti of Rock.com.ar, Steven Wilson was asked about the challenges he faced while recording the record ‘To The Bone’, his opinion on religion, abortions, suicide and death threats.
When asked about challenges he faced while recording ‘Pariah’ with Ninet, he said (transcribed by Fabrizio):
Yes, it was very complicated, because all the vocal recordings of my career had been done in my studio, without anyone seeing me. I never trusted in me as a singer, so I found it very scary, first of all because of Paul Stacey -the producer- but also because of Ninet, who is extraordinary. I understand why Paul pushed me to that: you achieve something that doesn’t happen when you are in a controlled and lonely environment. Hopefully it reflects on the album.
On the subject of religion and abortions, he said:
I’m pro-choice, I think women should decide whether to have their child or not. Obviously, if pregnancy is interrupted, it’s best to do it as soon as possible. But I do not think that a fetus has life until it’s born. It makes me sad that there are many people discussing abortion, but that there is no awareness of the other creatures with whom we share the planet. I am much more interested, for example, in the animal rights. I’m a vegetarian, and I know that our race is just one of the millions that exist. Everyone has the same right to enjoy this planet, but we as humans act and go back and forth as if we have a divine power. We treat animals much worse than we treat ourselves.
On receiving death threats, he said:
Through a series of posts on my social networks. Maybe the guy was offended by some of my lyrics, or he was an extreme fanatic who didn’t like that record -in reference to “Hand. Cannot. Erase”-. Whatever the reason was, obviously it didn’t justify killing me. We were very scared, and finally we gave it the importance it deserved: that day I didn’t go out to meet the fans, I stayed all the time in my dressing room and we hired specialists to look for knives and guns. Paranoia is involved in everyone because we already live a lot of situations like this, particularly in the United States, with attacks in schools and other places. As a musician I feel more and more vulnerable every day, because every time I get on stage, I can get shot. We all can be in the wrong place, at the wrong time. But what am I going to do?