Through the Fog: An Exclusive Interview With James Young
Interview conducted via phone on July 11, 2003
This interview is ã 2003 Allan
Hirt and cannot be copied, altered, broadcast, or reproduced without
This is an interview that has been a long time in the making. I started
discussions with the management of Styx around the 1997 tour to
get this interview. With the release of Cyclorama,
it looked like the right time and circumstances would align. Sure
it finally happened.
thanks to Sterling Bacon from TBA for finally making this happen.
JY called me at 10:30 EST from his hotel in Boston.
Instead of transcribing it all, I've encoded it as a series of RealAudio
here to go to Real's site to download free version of the player).
NOTE: Unfortunately, due to a technical problem the first question
was not captured on tape. I asked JY "What happened in the past
couple of years
in the writing process of Cyclorama - how was it working with
five different writers and what was the process of compromise?".
He gave about a 3 to 5 minute answer that was really good. To paraphrase
and when they sat down, they all agreed on the proportion of songs,
etc. So they went into Cyclorama a unified band, especially
in terms of vision.
This is about a 60 minute interview. I really
appreciate JY spending a gracious amount of time to
speak with me. It is a pretty candid interview about many
Part One (4 MB) -
Band credits, rejected songs, package tours, and putting a set list
Part Two (5 MB) -
Re-recording "Mr. Roboto", splintering of the fan base, the box set,
5.1 mixes, live albums, opening the archives, and the state of the
Part Three (5.6 MB) -
New solo projects, Todd Sucherman, audition process for Gowan/replacing
lead singers, stage props, and JY's guitars
Part Four (6 MB) - "Son of Edge"
demos and the 1991 - 1995 period, and the Styx legacy and the future