In the Smashing Pumpkins latest press release Billy Corgan answers questions about Oceania

Photo by Richard Shay

The latest press release by Mitch Schneider Organization came with a short interview with Billy Corgan.

In the interview Billy said the following about recording and producing Oceania:

“From a production standpoint I was dead set on making an album where every song was just as valuable as any other, ignoring the typical claptrap you hear about needing a single.  The only way to make the case that every song on Oceania is worth hearing is to put your heart into the sequence as a cohesive whole. Once we felt we’d achieved that balance, only then did we let anyone outside our world hear the record we’d made..”

Billy then touched on the importance of the legacy of this bands lineup.

“If we’ve learned anything from playing as an intact unit now for over two years, it’s that unless we create our own sound and our own legacy, it’s a given that people will default to what they know; whether it’s my past or someone else’s. We know we have much more in us to share than being an alluring, virtual jukebox. Being in The Pumpkins will always be defined by what we can create from our hands and hearts right now, and I wouldn’t have it any other way.”

Also in the press release Richard Shay, son of Chicago legend Art Shay is revealed as the photographer who took the photo for the cover of Oceania.