DREAM THEATER keyboardist Jordan Rudess recently sat down with VWMusic and discussed the band winning their first-ever Grammy for the “Best Metal Performance” category at the 64th annual Grammy Awards (Pre-telecast)
DREAM THEATER were nominated for the track “The Alien” off their 2021 album “A View From The Top Of The World”. The band saw previous Grammy nominations for 2011’s “On The Backs Of Angels” and2013’s the single “The Enemy Inside” from 2013’s “Dream Theater”.
Jordan said: “It was very exciting to get that Grammy, as we’ve been nominated three times. And I have to say that I didn’t really expect to get it because I was getting used to being nominated and not getting it. The other reason I thought we wouldn’t get it is that DREAM THEATER is really prog metal, and we were in a metal category. I mean, that was the best category for us, but I thought maybe the voters would sort of stick together in that more traditional metal frame of mind. I was really pleased that we got that kind of recognition and validation, and it’s the one award that definitely makes a difference. In a musician’s life, a Grammy can affect your whole career. It changes the way you do business with people, and the way people deal with you. It’s a really big deal. I definitely have to say that it feels really good. We are riding high over it for sure.
Discussing the song “The Alien”, Jordan said: “What’s interesting about that song is, as you know, it’s not necessarily like the most commercial kind of song — it’s definitely not commercial at all; it’s in this odd time signature. When we started, Mike [Mangini] was doing this crazy time signature thing on drums that inspired us to get the song off the ground. The next thing you know, we were all writing our parts, and it came together. It actually was the first thing that we wrote for the album, so it kind of flowed out from there. It’s cool because it has all the classic DREAM THEATER elements in it, and that’s what I really liked about the song. It has the unison between me and [guitarist] John Petrucci, it has the keyboards, the great guitar leads, and these crazy meters, but it also has a solid hook. I was glad that we decided to put that out there when the record came out, and have that song be the one that was out front because I think it tells the DREAM THEATER story really well.”