Megadeth: 'When You Stop Creating, You Start Dying'

"That's a common fault in artists who have a legacy of work," says David Ellefson.

Megadeth: 'When You Stop Creating, You Start Dying'
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As one of the most prolific veteran acts of the past years, Megadeth are already gearing up to kick off the work on last year's "Super Collider" follow-up. And while fan reactions vary regarding the fast release pace, bassist David Ellefson has recently stressed that staying creative is the key to staying vital as an artist.

"It's important for us to keep new music in the pipeline and to always be creating because, I think, when you stop creating, you start dying," Ellefson told Orilliapacket.com

"As humans, we are wired to look forward to the future. We can remember the past, but we always have to remember to write the script of what our future life is going to be and, for Megadeth, that's what creating new music is. In a lot of ways, it makes it more challenging because we've created a lot of music and we're very hard on ourselves."

Elaborating further, the bassist added, "That's a common fault in artists who have a legacy of work - it's easy to just defer back to, 'Well, this sounds like something we'd do, so maybe if people think it's familiar, they'll like it again.'

"There’s already one 'Symphony of Destruction' and there's already one 'Holy Wars' and we don't need to go rewrite those. We need to always keep creating new things. For us, that's the exciting and challenging part."

During a separate Niagara Gazette interview, Dave discussed the matter of the band's relatively frequent lineup changes, explaining how metal fans don't like change. "I am a KISS fan; they were the first band I was a full-blown fan of. They lent themselves to that kind of adoration and I learned a lot from being a fan and it gives me a better understanding of why fans get upset about things like lineup changes," he said.

"A band is about a lot more than just the songs, it's about an identity. Fans identify with lineups and individuals and they don't like change. But bands like KISS and Megadeth change, and we have both managed to keep our core sound strong," Ellefson concluded.

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    Jmoarguitar
    If you have the inspiration and ability to continue writing music I think you really have to. Once you lose that groove it's hard to find again. Let's hope for a kickass thrash album
    TombOfHorror
    This x1,000. There are plenty of bands I love that, as years pass, release less and less music. I'd never want them to 'force creativity', but it's always sad to see the progression of frequency of releases - from an album a year, then every other year, then every 3, every 5, every 7 to 10... Even if the band makes an album that's a radical departure from their typical sound, whether or not I like it, I'm all for it. If it means the occasional Lulu, then whatever. Just hope it leads to another great album or two.
    Alexander Rock
    I would say Metallica is close to dead. Artistically. They spend much of they're time doing business deals, like the Big 4 and the Orion festival, and "movies" like Through The Never 3D. They havn't really done much creative on the music side since Load and St. Anger. I didn't really think DM was very good or interesting. Actually I think Lulu was more interesting.So Metallica is pretty much business as usual today. Which basically means, do anything but make albums, because as Dave Ellefson said, album sales are basically kaput.
    Alexander Rock
    I would say Metallica is close to dead. Artistically. They spend much of they're time doing business deals, Big 4 and the Orion festival, and "movies", Through The Never 3D. They havn't really done much creative on the music side since Load and St. Anger. I didn't really think DM was very good or interesting. Actually I think Lulu was more interesting. So Metallica is pretty much business as usual today. Which basically means, do anything but make albums, because as Dave Ellefson said, album sales are basically kaput.