Next month The Legend of Zelda: Symphony of the Goddesses will return to Phoenix for its second show in as many years. It is a beloved and historic franchise that has produced many memorable musical tracks. The franchise has always incorporated musical instruments in most of its games and so it makes a lot of sense to have a traveling show that brings the soundtrack of the games to life. I was given the chance to ask a few quick questions to the producer of the The Legend of Zelda: Symphony of the Goddesses concert and you gave find that just below. You can already get your tickets to the November 6th show in Phoenix so don’t wait too long! You can also check out a promo video of the concert or read our interview from last year with the conductor.
Legion of Sand: Let’s start with the most recent game – have you played Breath of the Wild and what influence has the game had on Symphony of the Goddesses?
Jason Michael Paul: Of course I have played BOTW. This game has opened up the incorporation of sound effects being integrated with the live performance. The grass blowing in the wind, the ducks quacking, etc. This, combined with the graphics, makes for a wonderful addition to the Symphony of the Goddesses. We also have a surprise for fans from BOTW in this year’s performances.
LoS: How much influence does Nintendo have what is performed during the tour?
JMP: Total influence. Everything is approved by series music director Koji Kondo and series producer Eiji Aonuma.
LoS: How much of a balancing act is it to give fans a nice balance of classic tracks from the early entries in the series to playing tracks from the newer titles?
JMP: The way that the program is designed lends perfectly to the program. The interludes in the program make it easy to insert the newer titles.
LoS: When you return to a city that you’ve previously performed at, do you take into account what was performed previously?
JMP: Of course! You will never see the same show twice!
LoS: What other Nintendo franchise(s) would you like to see a dedicated concert for?
JMP: I would like creat a concert that features first party IPs or Nintendo All Stars. Mario, Metroid, Pikmin, Star Fox, Kid Icarus, Kirby, Donkey Kong, and of course The Legend of Zelda.