Marjorie Hernandez of Ventura County Star recently conducted an interview with STONE TEMPLE PILOTS drummer Eric Kretz. A couple of excerpts from the chat follow below.Ventura County Star: After taking such a long break from recording, what was it like getting back in the studio with the rest of the guys? Kretz: We took quite a long hiatus there and then we started touring for about nine months straight. It was just a natural progression to say, "Let's jump back in and go back in the studio and continue the writing thing." The writing process always comes pretty easy, especially having the DeLeo brothers [Robert and Dean] in the band. There is never a shortage of material. It's just a matter of sifting through it and working with everyone's schedule. The only difficult part was Scott [Weiland, vocals] was finishing up a tour for his solo album. Once he completed his commitments, the record just moved along fine. I am really proud of what we came out with in the end. Ventura County Star: How is the new record a departure from previous albums? Kretz: The material itself is always just a collaboration of how we put together Robert and Dean's musical ideas and where Scott takes them. Some songs you love and some songs you don't feel. In some sense, that creative process is still the same. What was different this time was we produced the record ourselves. In the five previous records, we always had Brendan O'Brien as a producer, so we always had an umpire to take charge and settle arguments. By doing it ourselves, you have to tiptoe on people's egos and emotions sometimes. In that sense it was more delicate. Ventura County Star: What's in the future for STP? Kretz: Things are going really good. We still have a couple of months touring the album here in America. In December, we will be in South America. After all these years we have never been to Australia, so offers are coming in for Australia, New Zealand and Asia, and probably back to Europe. Then we will see. We're maybe looking at putting out another record next year or touring some more and trying new ideas of how to present music, especially for downloading. Read the entire interview from Ventura County Star.