Interview With Matt McDonough Of Mudvayne From April 9th
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I had the chance to attend the Mudvayne, American Head Charge, Life of Agony and Bloodsimple show in Philadelphia, PA. The show was on April 09th at the Electric Factory, a venue that holds approximately 3,000 people. I got to do an interview with the drummer of the band, Matt McDonough, prior to the show. So without any further delay, here is the interview:
Mike (Corrosivemind): How was the Guerilla Tour for you guys and how is this tour going so far?
Matt (Mudvayne): Great. Wonderful. Super. What do you want me to say? The Guerilla Tour sucked, it was horrible. It was the worst production we’ve had in years of touring. The fans were great. So far the response for this tour is awesome. Doing well with ticket sales, doing better then expected considering the climate of the music industry right now. We’re satisfied.
Mike (Corrosivemind): How was it working with Dave Fortman on this album?
Matt (Mudvayne): Great, he’s a cool dude.
Mike (Corrosivemind): Was he any different from the previous producers you’ve worked with?
Matt (Mudvayne): I mean, obviously, everyone has their own flavor. You know?
Mike (Corrosivemind): Do you think he was better for you then any other producer you’ve worked with?
Matt (Mudvayne): I wouldn’t say something like that. That’s to assume that there was something wrong with the people we’ve worked with in the past. Every album that we do is different and his headspace is different. Bringing in a different artist in to work with you pulls different energy out of you so the flavor is different.
Mike (Corrosivemind): Was writing the new album, Lost and Found, any different then writing material on your previous albums L.D. 50 or The End of All Things to Come?
Matt (Mudvayne): No, not really. We have a fairly established work ethic that we’ve always operated from. So, we pretty much go into our work with the same attitude of being receptive and open. Encouraging, reflecting on the writing that we do. We worked with the same time constraints schedule-wise and everything. So it was kind of the same as the previous albums.
Mike (Corrosivemind): How did the video concept for “Happy?” come about?
Matt (Mudvayne): Well between Chad talking with the video director. Just getting some ideas you know, it kind of was synonymous what we’ve been doing with our website where the artwork for the new album was coming from. So it kind of made sense to work with the tornado theme and just to work with that topic with the director.
Mike (Corrosivemind): What or who had the biggest influence on you to become a drummer or even just a musician in general?
Matt (Mudvayne): I don’t think it was ever really just one thing. Music is in my family, so I was always around it. So I’ve always just been part of music. Drumming was just the default; I could’ve played a lot of different instruments if I chose to. I actually played piano prior to drums.
Mike (Corrosivemind): What was the craziest thing that has happened to you during any tour?
Matt (Mudvayne): God, I hate those questions. You know what; it’s hard to really remember anything day by day. Life on the road is pretty boring. A question like that would be relevant with a band like Motley Crue or Van Halen or something like that. (the bands drum technician enters the room and Matt jokingly says “why don’t you come in and finish my interview for me?” and then his drum technician finishes the aforementioned question)
Mudvayne’s Drum Tech: Matt didn’t have his phone on all night and he left somewhere prior to that. I spent all night trying to look for him. Here I am pounding on the door of the bus at four in the morning calling out his name. He wasn’t even there (laughs) I thought. Then actually I was about to go and heard him cough so I went in. I think he was listening to music on his iPod or something.
Mike (Corrosivemind): I heard you were working with Pearl to build a signature series, is that true? If so, when will it be available?
Matt (Mudvayne): No, not true. I have a custom snare. They made it for me but it’s not a signature it’s nothing they’re going to put into production. Pretty much, they quit making 8 inch deep snares and I asked if they could make one for me and they did. They actually made me three. But, no, it’s not a custom signature series; I’m not fuckin Vinnie Paul. We don’t sell enough records, I mean, I get treated very well by Pearl but the idea of me getting a signature series is ridiculous, we’re not that popular.
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