Dave Mustaine on Modern Music Technology: 'It Made It Possible to Fool the Public'

Megadeth mastermind discusses the impact of digital audio workstations on the modern music scene.

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Despite a vast array of advantages modern technology brought to musicians around the globe, many prominent music figures still point out at the negative aspects of various digital tools used for music recording and production.

Among that crowd is also Megadeth mastermind Dave Mustaine, who recently discussed the current state of music during an interview with Caller.com.

"I would have to say something that covers all forms of music right now," the frontman kicked off, "Digital audio workstations like Pro Tools, Cakewalk and Garage Band made it possible for a lot of people that can play a guitar or something like that, but they're not really musicians, they don't have it in their blood - so they can plug into a computer, pluck a couple chords, make a song and then fool the public."

Mustaine also talked about donating a part of the band's Gigantour proceeds to the Regional Food Bank to help those affected by a recent Oklahoma tornado.

"I'm not one of these global warming idiots, but I do know that when you see a city, a town, a county, a state with so much devastation - how can you just sit back and not do anything? I figured [that] the most important thing is to help. I think that's one of the things we've forgotten a lot - that's why there's the homeless, that's why there's the sick, the needy, the widows, the orphans."

The frontman continued, "That's not for the government to take care of, that's for the churches to take care of. That's for us as the body of the church to take care of. When I saw that I called up Zakk and I said, 'Zakk, you know the show we're doing in Oklahoma City? I'm gonna give up my fee.' And that's a lot of money."

As far as the subject of modern music technology is considered, it is worth noting that yet another major music figure, legendary Free/Bad Company frontman Paul Rodgers, recently gave somewhat of a similar statement, saying that "the music industry is using too much technology."

Megadeth released their fourteenth record, "Super Collider," on June 4 via Universal-powered label Tradecraft. With 29,000 copies sold in the US within the first week, it debuted at No.6 on the Billboard 200 chart.

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    sloppyjoe24
    From my personal experience, I use the midi editor of pro tools to compose some music to see what a full orchestra would sound like if I wrote all the parts. BECAUSE I DON'T OWN A REAL FUCKING ORCHESTRA!
    Jozef23
    Your logic is beautiful. Seriously dude, you summed up my thoughts perfectly
    Dakatsu
    I hate purists that complain about computer-generated music. I don't care what you use to make your music, so long as I enjoy it.
    eddiehimself
    Unfortunately, we don't all have tens of thousands of $ to spend on our recording studio setups. As much as I love most of Megadeth's songs, there is no denying that he is getting a bit old and crazy, and no amount of autotune is going to cover up how ****ed his voice is becoming.
    slush
    The usual elitist, grandfathering bullshit from Dave. DAWs have revolutionized the music "industry". The average bedroom project with a guy using GarageBand or Logic and playing every instrument has about 20 times the passion that Dave showed on Risk and now Supercollider. And he has the gall to say "they're not really musicians"? Bullshit.
    munkybusiness
    Yeah and what passion do they have that can match up to Rust in Peace and Endgame? You can be as passionate as you want in your room with your computer, you're not Dave Mustaine recording Endgame and probably never will be.
    slush
    True. Maybe they aren't Dave Mustaine, because a lot of them are better. The only difference is, people will keep buying shitty Megadeth CD's because Megadeth was once great, instead of discovering independent artists who actually care enough to make good music.
    munkybusiness
    I don't believe that they are better. I bet you'd find a couple of diamonds in the rough, like that little dude who did the Canon Rock video possibly... Give him Pro tools or garage Band and he can piece together a cool track (cheating as Dave put it). Do you think he's gonna stand up on stage and compete with Dave Mustaine and that absolute musical genius Broderick when they're on form? Sure, the last 2 Megadeth albums weren't exactly good but bands with balls change, (unlike the safe bands like the Chili's, who will release the same album over and over again) and hardcore fans don't like it, just ask Opeth. Passion and Pro Tools won't give you what Dave Mustaine has. He's a good guitar player in a good band that has released a few poor albums amidst the outstanding ones.
    slush
    And, if you don't believe that they can pull it off live, go check out Skyharbor and Chimp Spanner. They started off as bedroom projects and they made it big(ish). Let's see Mustaine go toe to toe with THOSE guys on stage.
    munkybusiness
    At his age now? After that back threat? In his prime. and like I said, Broderick is the man. It doesn't matter anyway, Dave keeps saying stupid things, seemingly every 3 days on here. You are talking sense, I admit it. I think the way it's looking, in regards to releasing good records, it ended with Endgame. Dave is indeed a grumpy old man, and he will be surpassed. I just don't think he needs the digital tech to make a decent record like the world has evolved into.. Couple of amps and a few weeks, instead of the usual overcompressed bollocks.. but he isn't doing that, he's using the same new stuff that everyone else is I believe, so my points are all invalid. I'm kinda losing track of my own argument here so I'm gonna shaddup. You win sir, good game of banter. See you on the next Mustaine feed, slush (probably be one in 12 hours). Peace
    slush
    That canon rock video is just the TIP of the iceberg. Do yourself a favour and check out Sithu Aye. For all intents and purposes he's an average joe; he just got his Master's degree in physics. But he loves music, so he writes and records instrumentals. He's put out two albums and a couple of EPs. Each of which completely OBLITERATES everything Mustaine has done in the last decade. And there are hundreds if not thousands of guys like him. Angel Vivaldi, Gru, Widek, David Maxim Micic just off the top of my head. All of them recording amazing music by themselves, not to make a quick buck, but because they're passionate about it and they're all amazing musicians. Offhand dismissal of this phenomenon indicates nothing more than the fact that Mustaine (and everyone who agrees with him) is a grumpy old dinosaur who needs to be put out to pasture.
    Archer250
    Sure, how is he going to compete with blind, random, meaningless pentatonics? Composition aside, I don't think there's that many people here not a better guitarist than Mustaine.
    The_Dayman
    I doubt that very much, actually. I don't agree with him here, but I wouldn't doubt his skills as a guitar player.
    Exelion
    He's just saying that people can abuse those softwares to look like real pros. And that's not being a real musician!
    SeventhFrost
    I can understand these musicians being wary of things such as this but there's a fundamental difference between a few realities here. Using something like protools or garage band to edit your playing of an instrument into something better/different than it is CAN be considered fooling the public, yes (in the sense that someone can hear it and say WOW this person's really good... but they're actually not. ). I don't think it's really right in that sense, and can understand their points of view. But here's the thing, what's the definition of a musician? Should it be distinguished from terms like "artists"? Because to most people a musician is someone who plays an already formally recognized instrument. But an artist (when used in the music world) is just someone who makes music. That could mean they're a guitar virtuoso, they sing, hell they can play the saw for all I care. If it has some tonal structure, it'd be music, making them an artist, right? But then why not a musician? Why is there an elitist stigma engraved into the heart and soul of music, that if your body isn't trained enough (or you're not luckily talented enough) to keep up with a musical mind, you can't make music? Why is that? Because you know what people that make music on electronic mediums are, right? They're composers... Novice (and many a time horrible) Composers. Composers who have been lucky enough to be born into an age where they can make their pieces happen on their own terms, themselves. The main difference is the availability of it all, the tools, the knowledge, the ability to play it back as you make it up, the ability to choose your sounds, and the ability to find people that enjoy it like you do. The music they make is just as much music as anything else is. Hell, after a while, if they keep at it and progress, they end up knowing more about actual music theory than rock guitarists of the same level do, provided they're just as formally untrained. And don't you dare say electronic music isn't music. Look up the definition if you need to, but the only thing that's changed is the style and the medium. Keep in mind that this exact same transformation had to happen in order to introduce rock to the music world, which lead to... you got it! metal! lookin' at you, dave. So what it really comes down to is this. When you listen to an artist, musician, whatever you want to label someone who makes music any certain way... Do you want to judge their works based on their ability to master a skill of your choosing just to transfer music to you through YOUR medium of choice, or do you want to judge them based on their ability to create music? /rant
    Familyghost
    Absolutely agree with what you say here. And I think in first paragraph you are explaining it like I tried to, just maybe with better wording.
    EyesWideOpen
    "I'm not one of these global warming idiots" Is he calling people who accept that global warming exists and is a rapidly growing problem backed by mountains of evidence idiots? Or is he calling the idiots who deny it idiots.
    winnetouch
    How much proof do we actually have? There is actually a HUGE amount of evidence that disproves most of human influenced global warming. I'm not saying that's an excuse to pollute, god knows man is responsible for other disasters (animals dying out, destroying entire ecosystems, etc.). But I suggest you look up other sources before making such claims...
    jamie_hough
    Ok fair enough - even if you don't believe that humans are responsible for all global warming, is that really an excuse just to ignore potentially 'planet-saving', and therefore 'human-species-saving', ideas? Whichever way you cut it, saving the planet is really about saving human life, and if you don't want to save the planet, but care for human life, then surely there is common ground for both sides to work towards?
    munkybusiness
    I heard it's all shit and the number 1 factor is steam. Then for a while, they tried to blame it on livestock... _ Then you hear that the world isn't heating up, it's cooling down... so it's no longer called global Warming, tiz now Climate Change. Let's just blame it on a God that doesn't exist and shut the fuk up about it. Unless you want to put your hand on your chest and believe in Al Gore.
    Archer250
    Yes, and the Sun orbited around the earth, then the earth orbited around the sun in a circular trajectory, then an elliptical trajectory. Let's just say it sits on the back of a giant turtle that doesn't exist.
    Ottmeister
    The human factor in climate change is next to 0, it has always changed and will change. I'd suggest you look up some articles other than wikipedia, or you'll end up looking like one of the "Global warming idiots" Dave was talking about.
    Archer250
    I suggest you state some points.
    winnetouch
    Like the earth having 3 rotations not just 2 as believed by most people. It rotates around the sun, it's axis and the axis themselves turn. That causes the magnetism of the planet to shift, witch causes climate change. How about the fact that Earth had major ice ages without humans being present (that's a climate change too ya' know) and there are many more.
    Archer250
    "How about the fact that Earth had major ice ages without humans being present" Irrelevant. IF your argument revolves around the notion that the IPCC assert that climate change is strictly, majorly and mostly caused by humans, then you should turn tail and leave. IF you assert that the fact that climate changes have happened naturally, and therefore not human-influenced, then I suggest you understand that many animals have been driven to near extinction by natural disasters, yet you yourself admit that we have had parts in driving them extinct.
    poland
    Between you and JDawg THANK YOU IT SEEMS MANY ON THIS SITE ARE EITHER BRAINDEAD OR BRAINWASHED. Peace to all
    Archer250
    I like it how these people got their "facts" from easily-refuted websites with a serious agenda.
    EyesWideOpen
    Yes, it has always changed and will always change. That doesn't mean that we don't have a part in it. It is a fact that carbon dioxide makes the earth hotter. Have you any idea how much carbon dioxide is released per year because of humans. Billions ans billions of tonnes. Far more than the plants and the trees on our planet can handle especially with places like the rainforests being obliterated.
    GhostPlayground
    Actually, it's more than just carbon dioxide. There's a lot of other gases that we produce as well that is contributing to climate change. Although, the human factor is not as big a factor as some people think. It's not 'next to 0' as was stated earlier but we aren't the absolute cause of climate. There are various other factors that would have contribute to climate change at around this time had we not existed. The truth is that the human factor, the environmental factor, and a few other random factors that may come up in 2014 (if you believe that meteor rumours) is all happening at the exact wrong time. Chances are, we'll probably all be dead within the next 50-60 years.
    Vermilion314159
    The issue isn't that the climate is changing. The issue is that a process which normally takes thousands of years is happening in decades.
    JDawg
    Wtf is global warming? It's climate change and it occurs naturally and the mountain of evidence you're talking about is all bullshit bias government funded data so they can push their agenda. Give me break, anyone who uses the title global warming is ignorant.
    EyesWideOpen
    I'd highly advise you to stop frequenting conspiracy websites and look up some videos that actually disagree with you instead of the confirmation bias you likely have. It's pathetic to just dismiss scientific evidence as bullshit government funded bias. That's a cop out. It's running away from the truth instead of facing it.
    JDawg
    Oh... Yes... Because the government would never do anything wrong. There is plenty of evidence that global warming is a farce. Climate change is real, but there isn't a damn thing we can do to stop it. It naturally occurred in the past, it will happen again.
    Archer250
    What a weak reason not to contribute to something good!
    JDawg
    What's good about corruption? I've learned not to put my faith and trust into people who are motivated by money and power. I do my part to take care of the earth...
    slush
    Who ISN'T motivated by money and power? Get your head out of your ass. Most "climate change idiots" are motivated by survival. If you aren't then I hope you receive the Darwin award you deserve.
    JDawg
    I'm not. As are a lot of people. Motivated by survival? If there wasn't so much power involved I'd give them the benefit of the doubt. It's 2013 and we've been crying global warming for the last 30 years and according to some graphs I've seen, we should have burned up by now. It's a farce, get over it.
    slush
    You're not motivated by power and money eh? Please tell me what kind of philanthropic work you are engaged in so that I can contribute to it when I make my hypothetical millions. You sure make it seem like a worthy cause, whatever it is.
    EyesWideOpen
    Just because the government HAS done things that are wrong doesn't mean that everything they do IS wrong. This is what I always see with you conspiracy people. Instead of evidence you point out past wrongdoings instead of providing any evidence for supposed current one. That or you just resort to calling everyone sheeple then lay back in an evangelical rigor of self satisfaction at how much more intelligent you are than everyone else.
    JDawg
    Where ever there is a political opportunity to gain money and power over the people, they will exploit every avenue possible. And I'm far from a conspiracy theorist, I'm just going by what I see. Maybe you think I'm brainwashed, I don't care. I think the same thing about you.
    Archer250
    "Where ever there is a political opportunity to gain money and power over the people, they will exploit every avenue possible" You speak as if every single movement against climate change, from every corner of the world, from every organization is hell bent on the one reason -- and one reason only-- to rob you of your money. Does that sound "far from a conspiracy theorist" to you?
    RnFnR95
    dont worry about the downvotes man everything you just said is spot on true!
    poland
    Why IF THE SCIENCE IS CORRECT why did the scientist overseas do everything possible to eliminate information that showed the global warming was not happening? By the way the hottest day at 134 degrees in death valley 100 years ago, Death Valley set a scorching record -- 134 degrees. So start your global warming search 100 years ago.
    Archer250
    Yeah because climate change should affect America only. It's GLOBAL warming, not DOMESTIC warming.
    Emilym80
    The news section of UG could almost be called "Mustaine News" instead of Music News. At least this is less gossipy than the last five or so articles posted about him.
    EpiExplorer
    Dave just shat over his last 3 albums, as surely his producers would've used DAW's for his albums. Also that Carlin video is bawss.
    TryTheKetchup
    ProTools is often used as the mixing instrument, so Mustaine is not 100% right. At the same time, he's right about the GarageBand etc., but I don't know any bands, who really use GarageBand to record their stuff. It's for entertainment and for the people who cannot play real instruments, right?
    GeriatricNinja
    I think he's referring to modern technology as a whole and not just those specific programmes. It's kind of a double edged sword - it allows struggling musicians to create and record music for a fraction of the cost of hiring a studio, but at the same time f**king autotune can turn anyone into a musician on record. I think the latter was the point he was trying to make.
    slush
    Garageband doesn't play guitar for you. None of those DAW's do. And even if they did, so what? Does anyone care that Mozart couldn't play a violin? If he could compose great music, who cares whether he can "play an instrument"? Mustaine can play guitar, sure, but he hasn't been able to write a great song in a decade and he's getting worse.
    HUNDuffman
    Good call boss, now go compare a 2 chord song with autotune vocals with a legendary composer who couldnt play violin pls
    Witt1975
    This can be the case, but it's not necessarily true. I have GarageBand on my phone and use it to program drum beats, to which I then record lead, rhythm and bass tracks on top of. It's a tool, just like anything else. There is an option to completely fabricate songs using pre made loops yes, but I use it out of necessity as I do not have a drum kit.
    deanwinchester0
    Prick. If a kid who picked up a guitar and wrote a song isn't a musician then who is Dave, anyway? Talks as if he has a dozen degrees at home to be proud of...
    Guitaristallday
    He doesn't need a dozen degrees when he has one of the most successful metal bands of all time and has stayed relevant in music for like 30 years. You can't deny that the guy knows about music.
    deanwinchester0
    What Mustaine is now isn't relevant. What's relevant is that he started out very much like this kid knowing nothing, picking up a guitar, and making something of himself. With all respect to Dave he's a damn hypocrite.
    Democrab
    The difference is Dave (and most other musicians in big bands ala Megadeth) have spent years practicing before we ever heard their names whereas at least some of these kids that Dave is talking about most likely only know the basics on how to play and write.
    Vermilion314159
    So ****ing what? Kurt Cobain was a pretty shitty guitarist. His playing didn't even encompass fully what we might call "the basics." Is he not an artist? Dave is just mad because people like Billie Joe Armstrong can take eight power chords and win a Grammy, while he himself hasn't written anything worth listening to since the mid-1990s. It doesn't matter how talented you are if you're a shitty songwriter, and you can still be a great artist even if you don't know a Gmaj/min7/B from a hole in the ground.
    christianonbass
    I think Mustaine would have a lot more people agreeing with him if he were a little more careful about some of his word choices. Hey, I didn't start sucking at bass when I started using an audio interface on my computer that I (legally) got for free online so that I can record. It sucks putting your foot in your mouth. I bet it REALLY sucks doing it in front of a lot of people heh heh. over and over and...
    carl.dingwall
    This just confirms even more that Mustaine is stuck the past, in his own little world where his music was still somewhat relevant. I can accept arguments that analogue sounds different, and it's limitations can actually help creative processes, but claiming that music can be only be made by an elite group, and anyone else using accessible technology is not actually a musician is just elitist bullshit to feed his own ego.
    Familyghost
    To be honest you are in similar elite group by just saying that back in the day his music was atleast somewhat relevant. Mustaine and Megadeth have evolved with their music like many artists, you complain about that. If he had written another RIP you would still eventually complain that he has nothing new and uses same old riffs.
    carl.dingwall
    I should clarify, I've never been interested in Megadeth, their music just doesn't appeal to me. I'm not going to say they 'suck' or something along those lines, I just don't like it. I'm calling him elitist on his opinions of recording techniques.
    Familyghost
    Fair enough if you haven't been interested in Megadeth, to each their own like they say. But there's one thing I don't understand: how is his opinion of recording techniques elitist? I don't see him stating that "real musicians" don't or shouldn't use DAW. He worked with Sneap, go to youtube and search Exodus Camp Crunch and see how it was recorded. And he had Sneap on 2 records. I think his problem is just DAW, I think his problem is that people make show them as someone who they actually aren't with the help of DAW. Nevertheless, this part of the interview is controversial as usual.
    carl.dingwall
    Well in a different interview on the same topic he has been quoted to say "Were the entertainers. We were born to entertain you. Youve got a lot of people out there that have no business entertaining". That, to me, sounds very elitist. Music shouldn't be about the right to create. It should be an expression of art. Sure, not all of it is going to be good, in fact, a lot it terrible. But blaming DAW for the terribleness is like saying Keyboards cause terrible music. And there is nothing wrong with the person playing a few chords into his computer, trying to make music. At least they are trying. And you never know what they could achieve. If it means we get a couple more 'Friday's, then so be it (I assume he's implying that kind of music). We can consume music in so many different ways now, it doesn't actually matter anymore. You can listen to whatever you want to what, whenever you want.
    LysanderSpoon
    This kind of technology has also made it possible for artists without label backing to make better-produced music, and distribute it more widely, than has ever been possible before. Are there drawbacks? Sure, sometimes. But on the whole I think it's a benefit to anyone who loves music.
    Familyghost
    Yes, and it even is a benefit to those who are still learning their instrument as many teachers have said that record your playing, you hear your mistakes etc better. It can encourage those who are just starting to write their own songs, as releasing it to somewhere can bring you positive feedback that makes you eager to reach further. But unfortunately there are guys who put together stuff that is absolutely horrible and at the same time try to seem like they are fantastic musicians or players. And that's what in my opinion Dave refers to. There are positive and negative sides of DAW, but fortunately there are more positive things
    Punkhuskie6
    I'm sorry...but **** this guy. I am not a real musician because I use garage band? How dare you. Seriously. How dare you. I spend more time practicing and recording shit that I never release to the public than I do eating or sleeping. I am not a real musician because of my access to recording equipment? Well you are not a god damn politician, but since you have a voice, we have to hear every political statement out of your mouth. Fuck you Dave Mustaine.
    tryingtobreak
    I don't see how people who use garageband/pro tools, can be classed as not being 'musicians'!! I guarantee that they will be people from all over the world that will be making better music than people who have a 'record deal' and use pro tools in a 'professional studio'. It's about experimenting. A most of all, doing something you enjoy.
    Megadeth2011
    Oh great... time for the mass amounts of people to get butthurt about Dave's comments. Clearly he's not saying literally everyone who uses DAW's aren't musicians; he's talking about the people who record sloppy playing and tweak it in the program even though they can't ever play it live, or they just play the sound byte. I don't really consider them musicians either. As for global warming... people tend to forget we're coming out of an ice age, and it's very slowly warming. It's still way too early to determine the human effect of it, or if we're really warming that much as opposed to the natural warming and cooling cycles the earth is going through.
    slush
    Megadeth2011? Yeah you're probably unbiased.
    Megadeth2011
    Definitely. Megadeth having been my favorite band when I made this account years ago clearly means I will never ever blaspheme Dave Mustaine.
    Kueller917
    What if the parts they're trying to record are good though? What if it's a great guitar line but it just needs some tweaking to clean up a bit of sloppiness? Personally, I like a bit of imperfection in my music, but if someone uses a DAW to clean up every last mistake I wouldn't say they're not a musician. More like an over-perfectionist. Someone mentioned The Smashing Pumpkins up above which are a pretty good example of a band that really use the studio to influence their sound more than they could recreate on the spot.
    ugmindfreak
    Yet EVERY Megadeth DVD live is over dubbed! Big 4, Rude Awakenings, the newest one..... Get the **** out of here dave! You can't fool me! Your vocals sound horrible not on a dvd!
    Familyghost
    Not trying to defend him, but he is somewhat right. For me, he is not trying to say that DAW-s shouldn't be used at all, he is trying to say that every person can record a song pretty much so that they might not even being able to play it in live situation up to that speed correctly and then release this to public. As we know, nowadays bands mostly get their income from touring and merch. People releasing "kick-ass" tunes made by DAW-s without being able to play it live for me kind of is what he said: fooling the public as those guys are epic on recorded song and live they suck donkey balls. I have put together 3 instrumental songs which to some are actually decent. Can I play them live? No. I kind of have fooled those few people who have heard those songs.
    slush
    Have you ever seen/heard a Smashing Pumpkins or Boston album and listened to them live? Have you ever heard any of the Beatles latter albums. Great music comes out of not worrying whether or not you can "pull it off live". Placing artificial limits like 'oh but how will I play this live?' is unnecessary burden on creativity. Make the best music that you can in the studio, and then play the best live version of it.
    carl.dingwall
    We would never have had Bohemian Rhapsody if it was made in the mindset of live performance.
    christianonbass
    Good point Carl.dingwa, but Queen actually killed that song live. It was good
    slush
    Except for the fact that the scaramouche part is complete prerecorded and not played live.
    Familyghost
    But I have to also admit that one of the reasons I like some last Maiden records and Kreator-Hordes of chaos is that they recorded those in live set with solos and vocals recorded later. It just gives more natural feel to it.
    slush
    Perhaps, but it's a taste thing. Iron Maiden making a raw rocking record vs Steven Wilson making a lush soundscape is not a matter of one being better than the other. They're both good, and to absent-mindedly trash one, the way Dave is, is closed minded at best and mentally deficient at worst.
    Familyghost
    I haven't heard these albums as they are just not my taste. But I see your point. And I have no specific problem with people using DAW. Many bands I like use them atleast in the writing process, so don't think I'm against people using DAW. But I can see what Mustaine is trying to say.
    conor.bailey.3
    I hate it when these articles go on about something totally irrelevant to the title of the article. But I think music technology is brilliant and we need to take advantage of it as best we can.
    travislausch
    I treat GarageBand like I would a cassette recorder or a reel-to-reel. It is there to capture my ideas, any "production" I do is usually EQ, the odd effect that I may not have a pedal for, and that's it. I'll use soft synths, but I'll physically play them with a MIDI controller because it's more honest. The only thing I do "wrong" is program the drum parts because I've never been able to find a drummer who knows enough theory to play prog, and I couldn't fit their kit in my tiny room anyways. And I'm hardly a drummer.
    Familyghost
    Many musicians use digital recorders or voicemail to capture their ideas or melodies which my come up in your head any time, Dave once admitted calling his voicemail to do so. Cannibal Corpse guys use Pro Tools write and structure the songs during writing process. There's nothing wrong with that and he isn't stating that this is wrong.
    christianonbass
    @Travislausch: You're damn right! I cannot afford my own home studio haha, so I have to do what us poor folks do (legally), I use Audacity. I've been playing music as long as Dave has. He made it. I didn't. That doesn't mean I don't have talent. I'm not a computer freak either...and BTW, people these days don't get financing from record companies anymore
    Punkhuskie6
    He basically just said, just because you write a song on guitar and record it with Garageband, you aren't a musician because it "isn't in your blood" (whatever the hell that means). F that. If you write a song on guitar, you are a musician. A musician is someone who creates music. No matter how simple or terrible it is. Blitzkrieg Bop is 3 chords. Are you telling me, that if The Ramones started up today, that they wouldn't be considered musicians because the have access to DAW's? The guy is a moron. And if you think he intended something else, maybe he should use his brain and specify. Autotune is deceiving as hell. I agree. But that isn't what he said. He specifically singled out people with guitars and Garageband.
    GeriatricNinja
    Nah he didn't single them out at all - "I would have to say something that covers ALL forms of music right now ... Digital audio workstations LIKE Pro Tools, Cakewalk and Garage Band... can play a guitar OR SOMETHING LIKE THAT " Meh anyways point is I think you're just misinterpreting him
    Punkhuskie6
    "for a lot of people that can play a guitar or something like that, but they're not really musicians, they don't have it in their blood - so they can plug into a computer, pluck a couple chords, make a song and then fool the public." He is literally saying, a newbie who knows a few chords, could make a song, but isn't really a musician because they put some stock drums behind their guitar and vocals. I don't think it's my job to interpret anything he is saying correctly. It's his job to represent himself the correct way. He worded this like shit if that was what he is really intended. I am taking what he said exactly. And what he said exactly is offending.
    Familyghost
    The irony about saying it correctly is that you will never be able to use your words to that it can't be misinterpreted. Everyone understand and interprets it how he or she hears it. And as it's not a secret that Dave says first and then thinks about what he just said makes it even more easier to find nuances to pick on him. If you are one of those guys that loop 3-4 chords, this can be interpreted as an attack to you too... But if you write decent riffs and record them with DAW it's not attacking you. Simple. As much of a douche Dave has been and will be with the things he has said or will say, I'm really getting sick of seeing people bash him or Lars for example for Lars' "incredible" drumming skills. It's all old news and jokes.
    postmortem2006
    I don't think Dave Mustaine understands the difference between 'recording an album at home# and 'being a musician'. Dipshit.
    Campion95
    There goes Dave blabbing on about something he doesn't have a clue about again. It makes me sick to think that even when he got the money to make the first two Megadeth records he spent most of it on heroin and he has the balls to criticize people that have to use the digital audio programs because they don't have enough money to afford a studio. He really needs to pull his head out of his ass.
    munkybusiness
    I don't think that's the point he made is it. It was more along the lines of; dude buys guitar - dude plugs it into his computer - dude knows 3 chords - dude uses loop - dude has a song. Sounds like me actually _
    Punkhuskie6
    Right, but my question is, in what world does that decive fans? You are gonna play 3 chords and loop them and people are going to buy it and become your fan? C'mon. If you don't know much guitar, but are able to sell a million copies of your song, you must be doing something very right musically.
    s1nn3r
    I wonder what was in *his* blood when he wrote "Super Collider"?
    ShaneRyan1
    They had fun on the album. It's a great album. You know, most bands make it, they have the money, they got the spot, old fans, new fans, Megadeth are to the point where they can have fun on a record.
    wolfhell999
    and now he's talking about the church...what a hypocrite! just make music and stop talking!!!
    christianonbass
    I shouldn't "Go there" or here or whatever, but I will anyway. People usually associate the term "Global warming" with liberal, sometimes radical, environmentalists which many people --mainly conservatives--say are just trying to destroy corporations, lower our standard of living, and further their left-wing agenda. Conservatives --like me maybe?--should take note that global climate changes (not necessarily "warming") are referred to in The Bible as another sign of the last days. Yes conservatives, don't thump your Bible, read it. If people take the time to research a topic rather than just talk about it, they may find out that we all aren't THAT different from each other! Screw this crap. I'm gonna play my bass!
    Harleyrider73
    This is the great mustaine running his mouth. I use protools and I play all the instruments except for the drums. Yes I use a drum machine. Do I call myself a musician? No I write my music and put it out on reverb nation or myspace. Do I care if I sell a song to a million people? No. I write my music for me. That is what music should be.
    Painkiller94
    Easily offended people + Mustaine controversy.. I see how a lot of people miss the point Mustaine is trying to make, and he too isn't making it in the correct way I think. But does it really matter that much?!
    Ecnal
    "I'm not one of these global warming idiots" Nope... just an idiot Dave!