Michael Sweet reveals that he has written for the most part 95% of every Stryper album
Stryper frontman Michael Sweet was recently interviewed by Andrew Catania for All That Shreds to promote his band’s latest album Even The Devil Believes, which was released via Frontiers Music Srl on September 4, 2020.
With respect to the writing process for Stryper‘s new album, Sweet indicated: “I wrote the album, here in my desk where I’m sitting right before Christmas of 2019.before the pandemic. The way I work these days and I don’t recommend it to anyone. I say, okay, Michael, you got an album you have to start working on and you have two weeks to complete it. I’ll wait two weeks and I’ll start working on it going into my writing mode and I’ll write a song today. If I have two weeks of pre-production before the album, I know that’s the songwriting process and it’s all going to get done and it always does.
We start recording and that’s the way this album was done. I had 12 days before Christmas, I wrote all the songs and took the holidays off. The guys flew out here, around January 2nd. And we started rehearsing.”
In terms of who contributes to the songwriting, Sweet stated (with slight edits): “Every album pretty has been everyone contributes here and there. For the most part, I write 95% of the songs. And that’s, that’s every album from, from The Yellow And Black Attack to Even The Devil Believes. The reason why is I have a very unique style of writing that has built the Stryper brand that we’ve become known for that style. then if you just say, okay, it’s an open platform, Rob, why don’t you contribute some songs that are here? All of a sudden, we’re going to go in a totally different direction musically. Some people might view that as a good thing. It’s not always a good thing. We’re not a modern rock band. We don’t want to sound like Alice In Chains.
Or if the former bass player would submit a song and it was sound like Elton John. We don’t want to sound like Elton John. Nothing against Elton John. I love him, but we’re Stryper. We have a very unique style and Oz [Fox] contributes to the song here and there that works. Sometimes the stuff that he contributes doesn’t work and people, people see it. A lot of people view it as I’m a dictator and I control everything. And, and the only thing I say to them is someone’s got to do it.”
You can read the rest of the interview with Michael Sweet at All That Shreds‘ website.
Stryper‘s “Do Unto Others” video (from Even The Devil Believes album):