You are back in Europe for a few dates, you will play in this hugh festival
« Download Festival », what do you expect from
this tour ?
a small band like us, from America, its a big oportunity to be
able to play big festivals in Europe. This year were doing Rock
Am Ring, Rock Im Park, Download, Gods of Metal, and an Austrian festival
too. So its a good oportunity for us to get to play in front of
as many people as possible and get good
exposure. Hopefully well turn out some new fans.
and found is now out for a month and a half, what was the response
from the fans ?
the album came out, kids were happy to hear the songs on the radio in
America. So, it seems to me that our fans seem to enjoy the record.
During the shows, when you see kids sing along, be curious and interested,
thats all we ask.
you tell me what was your state of mind during the composition and recording
We didnt had a lot of time when we wrote this album, and especially
when we recorded it. So its a pretty stressfull experience working
on the kind of schegule that we had. On of the most positive thing that
we can do is try to keep focus on what you have to do. Weve been
lucky enough in the past to have really reliable people that engeneered
all of our records. So together we are working around the clock and
trying to reach all of our goals.
you get more pressure during these processes compare to the last album
Well, I mean, the creative process is pressre. Thats what writing
is, thats what being creative is. That is this pressure that you
experience in some psychological or emotional level and you have to
see your way through it. Thats part of the actual work.
consider that you found the voice and how Mudvayne should sound on Lost
and found, are you satisifed to have found this particular sound
after 3 records, and does that mean that this album is better than the
previous 2 ?
dont think thats an attitude that I go into, regarding my
work. I dont compare one record to another record. When youre
working, and creating, the whole point is finding the moment that you
are in at that time, and exposing that. That doesnt have anything
to do with what happened in the past and if you relate to that process
of exploration based on some expectation from the past. Youre
deviding from the work you should actually be doing. I think that this
record was the most honest attempt that we could make, to show ourselves,
and our audience, where we are right now, and what is valuable to us.
I dont look at that in terms of what weve done in the past.
And I dont certainly think of it in terms of what effect it would
have on the futur.
lyrics on this album are very personels. Arent you afraid sometimes
to sing too much things about the feelings of life ?
wouldnt say that the lyrics are personel at all. The lyrics have
personel quality, but to assume that blind honesty and revealing personel
stuff from our lifes is a mistake. The idea with the record was to paint
a picture that was more intimate on a human day to day level as opposed
to big pictures ideas that we had in the past. But saying that those
lyrics are specifically connected with my life, that would be a betrayed
from the fans to be able to take away that oportunity for a fan to draw
their own connections, and have their own experiences, and build their
own relation to the work. And I think thats the most important
thing when you put a record out. When you put a piece of work out, the
important is to allow the fans to build a relation to whats going
on. I would rather stay out of the way, and take my personel life out
of the way. Weve always done that, and I think weve done
that with this record too.
the end of a song we recognize the Martin Lutherking voice, but can
you tell me about this voice and this song ?
idea was to paint a picture that gave us different angles to contemplate
what its like to have to make choices, to be bombarded with the
situation where you cant escape the fact you have to make a choice.
And at a certain point in your life, you have to come to this responsibility,
as an individual, you have to make a choice. You have to decide where
your faith lies, where your beliefs lie, where your directions in your
life are, where your attitude towards people around you and the world
that you live onto are. The idea was to paint a picture of all thee
toured in the US with American Headcharge and Blood Simple, what did
you felt when Ryan died on the tour a few month ago, and was it hard
to continue for you ?
Out of respect for American Headcharge, I hadnt made any comments
about the past of the band members. I think that certain things must
be left private, and personel. Obiously the lost of a life and a friend
is always gonna dramatic. Those are the things that make an impact in
peoples life. That definaltly throughs a fuck on the road. So
out of respect to them , I would say you know, leave comments about
that, and whatever information is put out
in the world, leave to them.
did you work your drums parts on this album ? Have you worked differently
compare to the previous one ?
was important on this record to focus on what not to do instead of on
what to do. I felt challenge to look at the space, look at what would
be most important, look at the deepest essence of where the song is
trying to go. And so, doing this, you have to decide what it I that
you are gonna give away. So if youre looking at 10 different ideas,
or parts, or whatever, for a song, you start cutting away saying not
this, not this
and walk your way down to the essence of
it. I dont think that was an attitude that we would have had in
some of the past records probably. I think that in the past we have
been blind charging into our song writing and let the songs just grow
and grow, and let the songs go into these places maybe we wouldnt
have expected. So for me it was exciting to really be challenged with
saying Im gonna let this go. Im not gonna be attached to
any of this and just let this be what the song is.
you tell me how you came to drums and how you developped this personnel
and easely recognizable way of playing ?
Ive never been really attached to drumming. I dont really
like calling myself a drummer. Ive never really felt that attached
to the instrument. For it has always been important to see myself involved
with the creating process, and find a way to work a medium. And drumming
just happened to be something that physically clicked with me. I was
better better at drumming than making sculptures out of trees, for instance.
Physically I gravitated towards this so I started thinking in terms
of an artist how can I work through this medium, how can I work through
this instrument instead of saying I wanna be a drummer and then working
backwards. In that sence my approch has been kind of unorthodox and
kind of strange or whatever. For me its natural, finding that
space in myself that needs to be expressed. And its interesting
exploring and challenging myself, so I took it done, and so work it
through the instrument. So I think maybe that gives some sort of signature
and character to the way I play, which might be a little unusual.
were your main influences when you were younger ?
Paul Sartre, Dostoyefsi, I dont know. Henry Miller, Star Wars,
I would say a whole atitude towards feeling out
of sorts, not having a strong peer group to indetify with, or any sence
of social class that make any sence to me. Those are the things that
turned me on when I was a kid.
of PIVOT :
What is your favorite word ? Done.
The word you hate ? Expectation.
What turns you on creatively ? Life.
What turns you on spiritualy ? Life.
What turns you on emotionaly ? Life.
What turns you off ? Life.
What is your favorite bad word ? Christianity
What sound or noise do you love / hate ?
You know, there is all kinds of conotations about attachement here,
and I dont feel that. I dont hate, Im not really concerned
about things like that, its a really weird question.
What is the last book you red ?
Im usually reading 2 or 3 books at the same time. Ive just
finished The Invisible by Grant Morrisson.
What is the last movie you saw ? The talented
Which person influenced you the most ?
Who were your heroes when you were a kid ?
Probably Batman or The Scare Crow from Wizzard of Oz.
What profession other than yours would you have
liked to attempt ?
Working in an art museum.
What profession would you not like to attempt
Professional musician ! (big lough)
If Heaven exist what you like God to say to you when you arrive at the
Pearly Gates ?
The whole things are lying, I dont exist.