Devin Townsend has launched a ‘Quarantine Project‘ as a thank you for all the fans who supported him through his GoFundMe campaign, which he launched to help him recoup lost expenses from his postponed spring tour. As of this writing, his goal of $50,000 has been reached. Townsend commented on the track and his vision for the project, stating:
“Hello all, welcome to the first installment of my ‘Quarantine Project‘
I want to be able to provide some relief during these coming times in the ways that I am able. People have been supportive of me in my time of need with the GoFundMe campaign, as we lost a lot of revenue due to the current and foreseeable touring cycle, and want to make sure I can provide something that in some way begins to say ‘thank you’. In the ways Im able, I will provide as much content as I can during this period as its what I feel I can offer.
My company has a lot of people involved, and your support has saved us in so many ways. I know we are all affected by this and yes, I could look for another job during this period like so many others will have to, but I figure that the best thing I can do is focus on my work and hopefully provide some sort of relief doing what Im best at. I want to give back as much as I can over the next while, and I hope that some of the work I can manage here will provide a bit of comfort during these troubled times for those who enjoy what I do.
This first song, is just a melancholy sort of thing called ‘Quarantine’ to start the proceedings. The idea with this is that it may be many different styles, Twitch streams, concerts, perhaps a podcast… I have been kept afloat by the audience and wish to help in any way I can. (I am just learning how to do video and I will try to get more proficient at it as the time goes by).
I will do everything I can to help in the ways that Im able. On behalf of myself, Northern Music, HevyDevy Records, and the entire team that makes up my professional world, Thanks for supporting (saving) our business during this downturn. We realize the amount of people that are suffering and dont take this lightly. I figure the best way I can express this is to simply get to work. I will make sure I provide for the people who donated especially.
I am working on lots of ideas to provide during this hard period. I truly cant express my gratitude enough.
Drums: Morgan Agren
Violguitar: Mattias Eklundh“
Townsend has also warmed up to the idea of doing a podcast as well, offering the following through Tweets:
For the next instalment of the ‘Quarantine Project’, maybe Ill do a podcast on a particular album in my catalog. Which one should be first? (Thanks again for supporting all this, for real…working on a ton of things for you)
Ok, actually Ill start with Ocean Machine. If you have questions about the album, or individual songs, or lyrics etc, give them to me here and Ill answer them on the Podcast…ok?