Tom Morello has revealed that he has recorded almost every guitar part from his upcoming solo album on his phone, after reading Kanye West’s comments.
The Rage Against the Machine icon found himself without inspiration or motivation during the COVID lockdown, suffocated because he didn’t know how to run his home studio. Finding West’s quotes led him to create The Atlas underground fire, a record that features collaborations with musicians from many genres, including a cover of the AC / DC classic “Highway to Hell” with Bruce Springsteen and Eddie Vedder. The LP arrives October 15.
“I didn’t buy a guitar for the first six months,” Morello said. Rolling stone in a recent interview. “For the first time as a creative person, I felt totally uninspired. This was made worse by the fact that even though I have a studio in my house, I don’t know how to run it. There is an engineer who normally does this. The challenge of not being able to record while being isolated was solved when Morello discovered that West had “said he recorded the vocals from a few of his hit records to voice memos on his iPhone.” I was like, ‘Can you do that?’ And I started playing guitar right in my iPhone. I sent the guitar riffs to various producers, engineers and artists all over the world. This rekindled the pilot.
Asked about the potential for ‘degraded’ sound quality, he replied, ‘I think my sound quality has deteriorated since day one. I aimed at this! I prefer degraded sound quality. He continued, “If you’ve heard the record, 95% of the guitars on this record were recorded on my phone. I have engineer credit on the record since I pressed the red button on my phone to record the guitar. So, he joked, he no longer needed to inquire about his studio. “I’ve designed things a few times over the past few months and can easily go back to this way of recording, but I’m not afraid to just hit the red voice memo button, put the phone on. a foldable chariot, and let it tear itself apart. “
Another positive aspect of his new process was that the ‘lonely confinement’ of the lockdown was mitigated by ‘this community of rock and roll correspondents. [that] was growing, infusing an important air of the unforeseen into each day. The completed album with all of its collaborations and styles, he added, acted as “an affirmation that the electric guitar doesn’t just have a past. He has a future. I’m trying to break the glass ceiling of my previous powers. I want to play electric guitar and say, ‘This is new. It’s a different level there. It goes beyond some of the things I have done before.
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