Devin Townsend, Help 'N' Trade E-Platform

Broadcast on: 
10 December, 2019

Canadian musician, songwriter and producer Devin Townsend started out as a lead vocalist for guitarist Steve Vai in the early 1990s before going on to form his own bands (such as Strapping Young Lad and the Devin Townsend Project), creating side projects, and releasing solo albums. Townsend mixes progressive metal with rock, ambient, new age and more. His vocals range from opera-esque singing to on-pitch metal screaming and are jaw-droppingly gorgeous. Across all his bands and projects, he has released twenty-three studio albums and three live albums.

Townsend released his most recent album “Empath” on March 29, 2019. Guests on the album include former Frank Zappa collaborators Mike Keneally, Morgan Ågren and Steve Vai as well as Anneke Van Giersbergen and Ché Aimee Dorval, who collaborated with Townsend on music project Casualties of Cool.

Some of these musicians are now on tour with Townsend, and they gave a stunning performance in Zurich on December 3, 2019. The music and the show was bonkers and funny and all over the place in the best possible sense. Before the concert, Devin Townsend sat down with Anna Wirz to talk about tutus, the absurdity of being human, and new album "Empath". Listen to the interview here.



Stefan Kuruc of Help 'N' Trade, a new Basel-based Sharing Economy e-platform, came in to tell us about the enterprise. It's set to go live by the end of this year, and users can expect a unique portal to a market place of offers for local goods and services. If you are a vendor, you will find direct access to local customers, and test local markets. If you are a consumer, you can expect to get bargains and local support for a wide variety of services. Unlike social-media market places, Help 'N' Trade will help buyers and sellers sort one another by relevance. Why go accross town for a kebap when a new vendor may have just opened around the corner and is offering a promotion? Or, how many of you have been left wondering where to find to most conveniently located plumber, electrician or service provider that also speaks English? Better still, Help 'N' Trade also publishes podcasts relevant to entrepreneurs and for those just looking for a bargain. If you are looking for the answers to these questions, visit their website, Facebook Page or LinkedIn.

Inspired by today's music guest, our music theme was all about progressive metal. We played:

Devin Townsend - Why

Devin Townsend Project - Kingdom

Gojira - Silvera

Haken - In Memoriam

Leprous - Below

Opeth - Harvest