recently conducted an interview with drummer Brann Dailor
of Atlanta progressive metallers Mastodon
. An excerpt from the chat follows below.
: You're already hard at work on the next Mastodon album. How's that coming along?
: It's coming along really good. We're just about done. I'm excited to get into the studio and start recording.
Have you been writing on the road, or do you wait until you're home and have some down time?
The guitar players have been collecting riffs as we go while we're on tour. We have a little amp backstage and they'll jam on some stuff and record it and get bits and pieces together. Then when we get home and have time to write a record we can dump all those parts out and see what fits together and what sounds good and what doesn't.
Will it be out sometime this year?
For sure. If we get it all wrapped up and everything is sounding great before we leave for Europe, it should be out by the end of summer. We don't mess around. But we'll see.
At this point in your career, are you learning new techniques and ways to play as a drummer, or is it just refining and perfecting what you're already doing?
I try to learn new stuff. I try to keep an open mind when I'm behind my drum kit and be inspired by the music that the guys are playing. I search for new and interesting ways to play different things and build beats that are interesting and different. I'm always searching for something new.
When you look at the music charts, it seems like a big percentage are cover songs from the TV show "Glee". Is that good for music?
I don't know. I'm not into monetarily motivated music, but there are all sorts of music that gets people into music somehow. They might not be ready for something like Mastodon. People that I know laugh about Justin Bieber
, but he's in that place for a reason. Little girls have to have a crush on someone. It has to be someone who's young and plays bubblegum pop.
Read the entire interview at About.com
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