Metallica Bassist On Making a New Album, Lulu and Orion
Music Festival -
Metallica bassist Robert
Trujillo is featured in new interview with the Detroit Free Press in which
he addresses the band's 2011 collaboration with Lou Reed, the
possibility of making a new album and the Orion Music Festival.
An excerpt from the interview is available below -
On Metallica having the trust of its
"Yes and no. Obviously there were mixed reviews on our Lou
Reed experience (Lulu - 2011). Some people thought it was an
amazing artistic statement. A lot of Metallica fans thought it was
crap. (Laughs) You take chances and kind of go with the flow of it.
We just try to have a good time. That's the name of the game - be
creative - and sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn't
That's what makes the band special - the fact that Metallica
can go in and play with an orchestra and collaborate with the likes
of a Lou Reed, and actually do a bit of improvising in uncharted
In this day and age, it's important in staying relevant,
especially for us. We're inspired by so much, we like to try
things. Sometimes financially it can be a task.
We're there to deliver the passion we feel for music. When
we put on the guitars it's like we're kids again. And that's
different from a lot of bands when they get older, to still connect
with music that way. We come up with so many riffs - our problem is
trying to keep them all out of one song. (Laughs) It's a good
problem to have. Right now we're having a hard time focusing on
making a new record because there's so much else going
Trujillo went on to discuss the upcoming second annual Orion Music + More
Festival, a music and lifestyle festival curated by
Metallica and their friends at C3 Presents.
"The one thing about the Orion festival that's actually
pretty cool is that it's also a lifestyles event," the bassist
"We're connecting on different musical levels with various
types of bands, but also with everyday passions. Last year we were
at the beach, so we had surf, jet skis. We've got a skate zone -
legends as well as newer pros - which is great for me. I grew up
skating and surfing. I'm still wearing Vans tennis shoes to this
"James [Hetfield, guitar/vocals] will have cars from film,
television. That's his passion. He's legitimate. That's what he
does - builds custom cars. Kirk [Hammett, guitar] will have his
house of horrors.
"As far as Lars's situation … he really loves the art of
filmmaking. He's on another level. I work on films myself. He's my
number one guy, my critic - 'Hey, check this rough cut out.' He's
very honest and sincere. He's incredibly
"Hopefully we can keep it going. Orion is a new thing, you
know. It takes time. Putting your own festival together is not an
easy task. It's modeled after the European festivals, with a
variety of music, where you might have Los Lobos playing before
Metallica, and then a pop act after."
here for the complete interview.
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