Megadeth: This Band Is A Team Effort

Sergio Pereira from South African music website MusicReview.co.za spoke to Megadeth drummer Shawn Drover. Here's an excerpt from the interview.

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Sergio Pereira from South African music website MusicReview.co.za spoke to Megadeth drummer Shawn Drover. Here's an excerpt from the interview below: MusicReview: Do you think there's one specific song on the new album that is really going to surprise Megadeth fans? Something that you haven't done before? Shawn Drover: I don't think so. We're not trying to reinvent the wheel here [in our music]. I think we recorded another batch of metal tunes, knowing what our fans and ourselves ultimately want to hear. There's a mix on the record: there's fast tunes, there's some slower tunes, there's mid [tempo] tunes. It's a good collection of heavy metal songs. That's really it. We never really go into studio with any preconceived notions of what we're trying to do; we just know we got to write a bunch of new metal songs, or, in this case, [rework] a couple of old metal songs [which] were included on the record. I don't think there's anything on there really that is that musically different that fans are going to go, Oh my God, why they'd record that kind of music? At the end of the day, they're all metal songs. On that same topic, from a drummer's perspective, is there anything that you did differently to push yourself on this new release, or did you try keep it simple, and, like you said, just creating a heavy metal record? Yeah, I didn't do any playing that was exactly outside of the box, because that doesn't fit into the musical structure of Megadeth to go off and do some kind of weird, jazz thingyou know what I mean? I always play for the song, whatever the song calls for. If it calls for a lot of double-bass drumming, that's fine. If it calls for something that's real, straight-ahead towards the floor, that's fine, too. I always try to service the song. I don't really play for myself, as much as I try play for the band. I'm just saying that it's a team effort; nobody goes off and does their own thing. Whether it's just a song or not, we all play a part in ultimately servicing the song; I think that's one of the reasons why a lot of these songs stand the test of time, instead of being so self-indulgent where all you're trying to do is please yourself; I think ultimately who we're trying to please is as many people as possible. To read the full interview, go here.

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    G-money!$
    DaniArrow wrote: Megadeth? Team? LOL!
    Yes, Megadeth is a team. Didn't you read/hear the interview where Dave said that this is the best lineup he's ever had and that he doesn't ever want to change it? He said if someone quits, then the band is finished. I think that denotes being a part of a team.
    Dynamight
    flaphead325 wrote: good way to say you're selling out "who were trying to please is as many people as possible. "
    Pretty sure what he meant to say is they're trying not to alienate their fans, which is the opposite of selling out.
    flaphead325
    Playing outside the case was the goal of all megadeth drummers gig... Either he doesnt care, either he doesn't get it, or dave completly forgot about that.
    Tanaboon
    About the Jazz thing, Dave Mustaine once said that early Megadeth was once billed as "Jazz Metal" =)
    aceshigh6662
    im looking forward to this, this is another reason why i love megadeth more than metallica. they always stayed true to their metal roots, even when they did a "commercial" album, it was still 10x better than load or reload.
    Downfault
    flaphead325 wrote: good way to say you're selling out "who were trying to please is as many people as possible. "
    Ah dude there's nothing wrong with that. Bands have to make money to continue on doing what they do. It becomes a business so to speak so sometimes you have to be strategic with your next move about your music in order to turn up the most appeal. But with that being said I wouldn't neccessarily say they are making a a sell out move but rather more of a less sell out move being that they are trying to make a consistent album.
    rocknroll \m/
    "Yeah, I didnt do any playing that was exactly outside of the box, because that doesnt fit into the musical structure of Megadeth to go off and do some kind of weird, jazz thing" Cough* Metallica Cough*
    flaphead325
    good way to say you're selling out "who were trying to please is as many people as possible. "