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.
Posted on Jul 17, 2013 01:23 pm
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.