EXCLUSIVE: INTERVIEW TO DAVID ELLEFSON [MEGADETH]
1.-This year Cryptic Writings celebrates 16 years and that was the last album which features Friedman and Menza, ¿ What do you miss most about this tremendous training and what anecdote do you remenber regarding this latest album?
“Cryptic Writings” was a fun period because we wrote about 18 songs in Phoenix, where the band was based at the time, and were developing a new relationship with management. They secured Dann Huff to produce the record so we re-located to Nashville to record it.
Those were exciting times in that city because this whole new wave of Country music was coming out that was really more like rock n roll/pop music. So, the city embraced us and we took advantage of that innovative spirit that was Nashville at that time, too. Dann was a nice change and really inspired a new development to our sound on that album.
2. – Now that Mustaine has his own label, Tradecraft ¿ How is working with this new team of producers?
Tradecraft is an imprint under the Universal Music Group, which allows us to use all of UMG’s marketing and world-wide strategies to push our records out through a major label. It’s a great partnership.
3. – Television today has changed considerably compared to the 80′s and 90′s ¿ What do you think of the proposal to Eddie Trunk with TMS? ¿Do you wish that Headbangersball returns?
I love TMS! To me, it is one of the only shows to focus entirely on Metal music. Eddie & Co. really understand the genre. It’s basically the “Headbanger’s Ball” of this generation and I’m very happy that it’s a success.
4. – How did start the idea of making Beamz Metal Factory? Are you planning soon to release another solo material?
Beamz approached me about creating some original music for their player so I got to work and wrote these little pieces of music for them, which is what they call the “Beamz David Ellefson Metal Factory” release. I like doing it because it’s really about creating riffs, melodies and sections of music that can be re-arranged by the end user through the Beamz product. It’s a constructive way to allow the fan/customer to co-create with me.
5. – ¿Who took the initiative to make the music video Supercollider? Did you like how it turned out or you would like to have done some changes?
The record label offer us several video directors who then present storyboard ideas to us. This idea seemed to be a fun twist on the lyric concept. We’ve never really done a love story, so to speak. Plus, we wanted to do something different than just having the band members playing air-guitar in another music video. I think we’ve done a lot of that in the past so this was something different.
6. – What are your expectations of your South American tour with the parents of Heavy Metal?
Not sure what you mean about “parents of Heavy Metal” but if you’re referring to the upcoming Black Sabbath/Megadeth shows, I think it will be incredible. Both bands have huge followings and to combine them for our Latin America fans should be something really special and unique just for them.
7. – Several years ago Mustaine has recovered from drugs and turned in Christian ¿What were the positive and negative aspects about that breaking point for Dave and Megadeth?
I don’t think there is any negative or down side for anyone who wants to make changes and break away from old lifestyles. We are all meant to grow up and move forward, not go backward or stay stuck in our past. To that end, a band’s vision always require it move ahead so this is a period of continuing to fulfill the vision for the group.
8. – What do you miss about the public of Megadeth of the 80′s that actually don’t have current viewers?
In many ways the 1980’s were to metal what the 1960’s were to rock n roll. It was highly creative with plenty of excess & debauchery. It was fun…I loved every minute of it!! In many ways, MEGADETH were part of the 80’s in our founding years but we really found our stride in the 1990s.
Today, there is this type of folklore fantasy from young metal fans who look back on the music and lifestyle of the 1980s and wish they could have experienced it, especially from what they saw on TV, music videos, etc. However, those days are behind us. The good news is bands like MEGADETH get to bring those days forward to our fans with tours that celebrate our past, like 20th Anniversary of “Rust In Peace” and “Countdown To Extinction” which allow younger fans to experience that period and bring back some memories for those of us who were there the first time around. So, fear not! There is a lot of our history that we can continue to relive as we move forward and see our past work reach these amazing anniversary milestones.
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