Interview:Symphony of the Goddesses August 6th 2016

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Symphony of the Goddesses August 6th 2016


August 6th, 2016


Jason Michael Paul


Kira Koneko (ZeldaDungeon)


Short interview with the executive producer of Symphony of the Goddesses.



Kira: How does it feel to be back on tour with the Symphony this year being the 30th Anniversary of The Legend of Zelda franchise?
Jason: It’s amazing! When we started this we knew it’d be big, but could have never imagined we’d go so far. Its really all thanks to the fans – they are the wins with the true undying love for Zelda. We’re happy to bring them the ultimate Zelda experience.
Kira: What were your thoughts on the latest addition to the franchise announced at E3?
Jason: Breath of the Wild is incredible! We hope to be able to include it in the symphony down the line, but of course for now we can’t wait to play it like everyone else.
Kira: Do you feel that there is still a strong support from fans now that the Symphony has been around for a couple of years?
Jason: Most definitely. Every year we have more people come out, more people cosplay at shows, and friendships are built. Its definitely a place where people can reunite year after year and celebrate their love for Zelda together.
Kira: When last you and I spoke, you had said that one of your favorite shows had been in Tokyo where Miyamoto was in attendance. Would you still say that holds true now as well?
Jason: Yes – it was truly a once in a lifetime experience. It’s been wonderful to have his blessing with this show.
Kira: What did you feel was most important to alter or change in the latest performance of the Symphony?
Jason: Since we have a lot of returning fans we always want to make sure we’re updating the show and including new pieces, while still playing the hits. We’ve also updating some of the gameplay graphics, for instance, Twilight Princess HD footage was added this year, since it was recently released to the public.
Kira: You and I have spoken before about the impact Symphony of the Goddesses has had on symphony goers in general, do you still see interest coming from attendees that are not fans of the Zelda franchise?
Jason: Yes – and that’s been a great push from our PR efforts and placements in publications like The Wall Street Journal, The Colbert Show, CBS News, etc. which I think is able to reach a broader audience who might not be rabid Zelda fans – but still find the idea cool and worth checking out. The venues also do an amazing job of letting their regulars know that Zelda is coming and it can be an enjoyable experience for them too.
Kira: What would you say to those fans that have seen the performance more than once and what would you say to those that are seeing the Symphony for the first time?
Jason: To those that are seeing the performance again – we thank you and we love you! We hope to continue to make it the ultimate Zelda experience for you, and this show is what it is, because of fans like you. To those seeing the show for the first time – you’re in for a treat! We hope you’ll be back again.
Kira: Where would you like to see the Symphony go once Breath of the Wild releases next year?
Jason: We’d of course love to include it!
Kira: I realize that there is probably not enough time in your day but have you been able to play a Zelda game recently? If not, which title would you like to play or replay?
Jason: My young daughter and I often play together. My all-time favorite is still Ocarina of Time.
Kira: Are there any new plans that you have started to discuss or would like to make happen with the Symphony that you could share with fans?
Jason: No plans to share just yet – we’re always hard at work and busy with a worldwide tour! Fans interested in keeping up to date with what we have going on, can subscribe to our newsletter via our website.