DAVE MUSTAINE - "I Could Do My Job From Anywhere - MEGADETH Is That Successful"
October 26, 2015, 5 years ago
Megadeth frontman Dave Mustaine is the feature of a recent article published by Rolling Stone India. During the interview with Anurag Tagat, Mustaine discussed his family's change of address to Nashville, TN; an excerpt follows:
You recently relocated to Nashville. What prompted the move?
"It was Electra [Mustaine’s daughter and country singer]. The reason we moved out here was because I’ve made four records out here and all those times I was recording, I did live here. It really was comfortable to be here. The last time we were here, Electra was only two years old. We didn’t know that she had the gift and once she started singing — I heard her sing one time and I was really convinced. I don’t profess to be a singer first and foremost — I’m a guitar player that sings more than a singer who plays guitar. But with her, she really is. That’s her strong point. For her, this is music city. It’s all about country. It’s where she’s flourishing."
"I could do my job from anywhere — Megadeth is that successful. I can do stuff on the net from a desert island if I wanted to. But I think for her, to be here right now and work with other songwriters builds her name. She just goes in and meets people and doesn’t tell them who her dad is [laughs]."
Do you meet any country singers around town?
"Well, through her, yeah. It’s interesting to me, because I’d have never thought that I’d have country singers who were Megadeth fans. If you think about it, all the great guitar players that are in country bands are metal guys, believe it or not. It’s funny, if you go to a restaurant here and somebody who serves you food is probably as good at guitar as you are. They just haven’t had that break. There are so many talented people out here, it’s mind-blowing.
The country music scene is so different from metal. Like Steven Tyler (from Aerosmith) moved out here and he had done a songwriting session with somebody and did it the way that we do it. He has the same background that I do — a rock background. When you write songs, you keep writing. Out here in the country thing, you have a three-hour session. You sit down with some guy and another guy and usually there’s three people – one does the music, one does lyrics and another does melody. And in three hours, they’ve got a song. I’m thinking, ‘Fuck me!’ If I could write a song in three hours, my life would be so easy [laughs]."
But we’ll never see Dave Mustaine do country?
"Well, no you won’t see that, but I do think if I was that good where I could put together a song that’s exceptional in a matter of three hours, it would certainly change my life a lot. For me, it’s kinda weird. Songs aren’t ever done until they’re done. Sometimes they’re quick, sometimes they’re slow."
To read the article in its entirety, visit this location. Check out the following video clip, dated May 2015, of Dave Mustaine's daughter Electra learning "Nobody Love" by Tori Kelly.
Megadeth will kick off 2016 with the release of their 15th studio album Dystopia on Universal Music Enterprises /Tradecraft / T-Boy Records on January 22nd. With musical architect and band visionary Dave Mustaine at the helm, Dystopia was recorded in Nashville, TN, and mixed by Josh Wilbur (Lamb Of God, Gojira, Avenged Sevenfold).
The rest of the Megadeth lineup is comprised of David "Junior" Ellefson on bass, new member Kiko Loureiro (Angra) on guitar, and drummer Chris Adler, who took time away from Lamb Of God to record Dystopia. The result marks a true return to form, adding new blood and injecting a new burst of creative energy into the new album.
Featuring 11 brand new tracks, Dystopia will be released on both CD and LP, as well as digitally through all online partners. "Fatal Illusion" is the first track released from the album, which can be heard below.
According to a press release, Dystopia weaves together Dave Mustaine's intricate and unique songwriting style, trademark leads and lightning riffs with harmonious precision, paying homage to Megadeth’s influential roots while continuing to break new and heavy ground.
“Death From Within”
“Conquer... Or Die!"
“Lying In State”
“Me Hate You”
“The Emperor's New Clothes”
“Bullet To The Brain”
“Last Dying Wish”
“Post American World”
“Look Who's Talking”
“The Threat Is Real”
“Melt The Ice Away” (Budgie cover)
“Foreign Policy” (Fear cover)