As Methods of Mayhem mainman Tommy Lee gets ready to release the band's long-awaited upcoming album, A Public Disservice Announcement, ARTISTdirect.com catches up with the man behind the Mayhem to discuss the ground-breaking concept, working with the Deftones' Chino Moreno again, the reaction to lead single "Fight Song" and much more.
Summing up Lee and how he's uniquely positioned to take on such a project in the first place, the site writes, "He's so effortlessly badass that he's been stirring up catchy chaos in not one, but three current projects. Whether he's spinning in a packed club, pounding the kit for thousands of fans with Mötley Crüe or fronting Methods of Mayhem, wherever Tommy Lee is, a good dose of aural anarchy is sure to follow."
Continues the site, "That especially rings true on Methods of Mayhem's second offering A Public Disservice Announcement. For this groundbreaking record, Tommy placed the stems of each track on his web site in order to encourage fans to submit their own interpretations and add parts. The entire globe contributed, and Tommy changed the face of the game with the first truly interactive record."
Read an excerpt of the Q&A below, go right here for the full interview, and to pre-order you copy of the upcoming album, go RIGHT HERE.
What inspired you to bring Methods of Mayhem back now?
2000 was the first album, and now it's 2010! [Laughs] Every once in awhile, I've got to get my anything-goes-hat on and go for it. That's what Methods of Mayhem means to me. Anything goes stylistically. Whether it's having a bunch of guest stars on the record like the first album or this one. I made this record with the whole world!
What encouraged you to open up the gate and allow the world to contribute?
You know what, man? I like pioneering something new and being the first. It seemed like the perfect time. Technology-wise, it was ready to go. My partner Scott Humphrey had this great idea and the perfect way to set up the backend of this site so that we could house tens of thousands of submissions on a daily basis, listen to them, use them and communicate back and forth with these people who submitted them. So, the time was right in terms of technology and we were in the right frame of mind like, "Okay, let's do something totally insane." That's where it all started.
What resonated with you about the music people sent in? What grabbed you?
First of all, so everyone is clear, I had already written and recorded the album. I put the tracks online so people would basically get a sense of what they were diving into. I already had the vision and the sound in place; I was really looking for people mostly to have fun with it. If anything great came out of it, we would use a little piece here or there. That was sort of the objective. There would be times where I would be listening to one track and I would hear something and go, "Oh my God, that would be great in that other track." Sometimes, it wasn't track specific. Sometimes, it was just a great idea like a really cool, trippy intro or outro that I used for a completely different song. It was really a mix and match, freestyle, pick and choose, edit, move it around and see if it works process.
Your collaboration with Chino Moreno "Ashamed" always stood out. Did you do a new track with Chino for the new album?
There's a track on the record called "Only One". Chino and I got back together and did that one. I've just always loved his voice. He's got that really haunting, cool sound. The song starts off slowly and a bit jarring like that. Then it just gets ridiculously heavy. Wait until you hear it! [Laughs] Everyone who hears it goes, "Whoah, dude! That's gnarly!"
"Fight Song" sounds like the perfect introduction to the album.
I wanted my hardcore fans to get the sense that Tommy's coming out swinging! [Laughs] I'm looking forward to playing "Fight Song." At the moment, I'm trying to get that song placed with the UFC or mixed martial arts. That song is right up their alley. I kind of wrote it for that. I'm like, "Man, we need a good fight song." You see those commercials on TV of those fights and you say, "This is what they need playing in the background!" It's so funny. When I put that out on iTunes a couple weeks ago, I was getting emails from people saying, "Dude, I just heard 'Fight Song,' and I want to walk across the street and punch my neighbor in the neck!" [Laughs] I thought, "Okay, this song's apparently working!" It's like, "I want to smash all of my furniture in my apartment!" I think, "Wow…"