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Entrevista a Matt [V] Music
« en: Jue, 18 de Jul del 2013, a las 10:11:10 »
Matt Bellamy never really wanted to be a singer. Now he fronts one of the biggest rock bands in the world, Muse. Six albums deep, multiple number-one records and a handful or two of awards later, rest assured Bellamy can be happy with his decision. The UK trio's latest LP is The 2nd Law, in which they've pushed the boundaries and offered up a few surprises, including a collaboration with Skrillex. Fresh from touring the album around Europe, Muse have announced that it will be Australia's turn come November and December 2013. We caught up with Bellamy to chat about everything from the forthcoming Oz tour to adopting different personas and... pyramids in Bosnia.

It's been 10 months since the release of The 2nd Law, What has it been like touring the album compared to The Resistance or Black Holes & Revelations?
It's been great. This album has come across better live than the last few albums - there are definitely a lot more rocking tracks. It's been going very well. It's got a lot more conceptual things going on and we've got a lot of really cool videos. We've just been doing really big outdoor shows in Europe, which has been really good fun and it’s given us loads of ideas on how to update the show and bring it to Australia. The tour has developed a lot and changed from where it started to where we are now - so it's a refined conceptual show now. It's good fun!

What has it been like handing over the mic to Chris to sing 'Save Me' and 'Liquid State' after having always been the lead singer for 19 years?
[Laughs] It's about time, you know! When the band started I just wanted to be a guitarist and what I wanted to do was get a singer in. We were about 15 or something and we were mucking about. In the band I joined when I was 14, I was just the guitarist and Dom was on the drums. We had this other geezer singing and another guy on the bass and that was what we thought it was going to be - a four-piece band. But, we came from such a small town and there was just no one there, no one could sing. So I literally started singing by default, just because there was no one else singing around. Then Chris joined and he was doing backing vocals and stuff, so when he sings up front now I feel like I'm free to do my thing on guitar, like I used to. So I really enjoy it.

Reflecting on writing songs as a teenager in your nan's basement compared to writing in a studio with orchestras and collaborators at your disposal, what has been more exciting?
It's been great just using all that kit. You get to play and muck around with all this technology and stuff - I've always loved that kind of thing. That's kind of what we've been doing with the last few albums. We've really pushed ourselves into using electronica, using big orchestras and that kind of stuff. I feel like next year we will have been together 20 years and we might abandon all that and go back to the basics again. Having said that, the last few albums have been really great to just learn about all that new stuff. We're basically a bunch of geeks in there, we muck about with all that stuff. The last few albums we produced ourselves as well, so we've learnt about that side of it and we love it, using all the kit and all the weirdness. And when you get a big orchestra in, it sort of blows you away. It's such a compliment to have a big group of musicians like that come in and interpret your music in that way.


Your lyrics and vocals can vary immensely from song to song in terms of the personality you project. Do you find yourself creating characters through your vocals?
The latest album was mostly personal life experience stuff that informed a lot of the stuff I'm singing about. On the last album The Resistance, the song itself 'Resistance' I put myself into a character for that one. I was imaging myself as that geezer Winston from the book 1984 and he falls in love with some girl and they're having weird porn behind the scenes that no one can see. So I was trying to imagine that. I've always been a fan of Tom Waits - he's an amazing character creator. I don't really rate myself as a lyricist to be honest, but I think there are a few songs here and there where I've attempted to think about what it would be like if I was in someone else's shoes. It's an interesting way to write, but I still think that some of the songs that last the test of time are the ones that are about life experience.

Who do you think would be an interesting vocal persona to imitate or create?
[Laughs] That's a good question... maybe a serial killer or something. That's a bit dark isn't it? That's a good question though - maybe a religious fanatic maniac or weird people. I'm interested in people who are weird like that, fanatical people. I think it's interesting to sing from their perspective. I'm not sure why, but I just fancy it. The Pope or some crazed lunatic who wants to blow up everyone; just weird fanatics and crazy people. I like getting into that, not that there's a link between the Pope and... sorry I've had a couple of drinks. Just fanatics in general.

Actually, on the song 'Animals' on this album I got into the mindset of a fanatical businessman. I started watching Bloomberg and all these business channels and started thinking, what is this, what is all this stuff? And I started looking into it more with stock options and call options and buying and selling and this bizarre market people have created so they can gamble, or play complicated versions of poker. I got myself into that mind frame with the song 'Animals', thinking about being a fanatical business trader without any care for anyone.

Psychopaths in general I think are an interesting topic. Apparently 1 to 2 per cent of the world's population are psychos. They've got no empathy at all, for anyone or anything. It's all of that which interests me. I think a character like that would work with a big 'ol riff. I don't know what I'm talking about.


Here's a thought that might darken the conversation even more: One day you're going to pass away, but the world will always have your music. What's it like knowing that and what is the legacy that you want to leave behind?

[Laughs] Legacy, oh my god!

Is that a ridiculous question?
No, no, it's cool - it's really far out there. No, I don't think about that kind of stuff. When you have kids you see all of that stuff differently. I think people can get concerned about that stuff - you can get a bit narcissistic and a bit caught up in yourself, but when you have kids, it puts all of that into perspective. My kids are where I'll be at. I care more about that. You know, I don't want people listening to [Showbiz] my first album in 30 years time. I'll pretty much hope that it's been forgotten.

Don't be so hard on yourself.
Some of the songs are okay actually, but it's more the way we performed them and the production I would have like to have done differently.

We'll all be forgotten eventually in a few thousand years, so it doesn't really matter if it lasts for a couple hundred years or a decade, we'll all be gone in the end.

[Laughs] You took me there.

I mean look at those pyramids. Genius. It's a real, simple, amazing, genius construction. It's about stuff that's going to last the test of time. That's where things are remembered. I like that. We need to make more of those, big, giant obelisks and things like that - there's not enough of that going on. They build all these big offices that no one gives a shit about. They'll all be gone real quick. What is our civilisation leaving behind? Let's have a think about that for a minute. What will be left? What will still be around? Things, bits and pieces. Bars of gold. Sorry, I've lost it.

You're coming out to Australia at the end of the year. What will the setlist be like?
I thought it would be similar to the indoor arena tour, but then this summer show that we did outdoors, we changed the set up quite a bit so I think it's going to be quite varied actually. There's going to be a really good mix of old songs and new songs. When we started the tour we were playing a lot off the new album, but as we've moved throughout the tour we've brought in some older songs. I think by the time we get to Australia it's going to be a pretty balanced setlist between old and new. It'll be good.

For the tour in Australia we've got this pyramid of video screens that comes down and sort of consumes the band and we play inside it and then it opens up again. So there are a few songs we play that work well with that kind of pyramid configuration [laughs].

We've talked a lot about pyramids in this conversation.
[Laughs] Okay, let's talk more about pyramids. In Bosnia there's a pyramid (a new one), they've found the biggest one ever. I tell you what, go on to the internet and type in "the new Bosnian pyramid" and you'll find pictures of this great big hill shaped like a pyramid. It's massive - way bigger than the Giza one. Look it up, it's interesting.

While we're on the subject of pyramids, you know what pyramids are for? They used to be used as nuclear fusion reactors. Type in that as well for the internet, type in "pyramid nuclear fusion reactors". That's the solution to all the world's problems right there. If you switch the pyramids on again, "nuclear fusion", it creates pure, clean energy - that-s what they were used for. They were like the first power stations and they created endless clean energy called "nuclear fusion". That's the way forward - to get the pyramids back on.

Well, readers, you've certainly heard it here first with Matt Bellamy. Matt, it's been a pleasure talking to you and you've totally brightened up my morning.
Good, well it was good talking to you - it's brightened up my evening. I'm going to go to bed with sweet dreams of Australia. I can't wait to get there.


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Re:Entrevista a Matt [V] Music
« Respuesta #1 en: Jue, 18 de Jul del 2013, a las 14:30:56 »
Oh Matt...  xD


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Who do you think would be an interesting vocal persona to imitate or create?[Laughs] That's a good question... maybe a serial killer or something. That's a bit dark isn't it? That's a good question though - maybe a religious fanatic maniac or weird people. I'm interested in people who are weird like that, fanatical people. I think it's interesting to sing from their perspective. I'm not sure why, but I just fancy it. The Pope or some crazed lunatic who wants to blow up everyone; just weird fanatics and crazy people. I like getting into that, not that there's a link between the Pope and... sorry I've had a couple of drinks. Just fanatics in general.


Pero una entrevista muy interesante.






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Re:Entrevista a Matt [V] Music
« Respuesta #2 en: Jue, 18 de Jul del 2013, a las 17:41:31 »
Buenisima entrevista. por cierto, lo que cuenta de las piramides egipcias como centrales de fusion nuclear, yo he visto ese documental, y ya sabéis de quien me acordé en cuanto lo vi... :coffee:

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Re:Entrevista a Matt [V] Music
« Respuesta #3 en: Jue, 18 de Jul del 2013, a las 19:08:00 »
Muy interesante la entrevista, la verdad, con preguntas bastante más variadas que las que le suelen hacer


Buenisima entrevista. por cierto, lo que cuenta de las piramides egipcias como centrales de fusion nuclear, yo he visto ese documental, y ya sabéis de quien me acordé en cuanto lo vi... :coffee:


Yo en ese momento he pensado: Bellamy conspiranoico strikes again! En serio, la mente de este hombre no tiene desperdicio :lol2:

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Re:Entrevista a Matt [V] Music
« Respuesta #4 en: ſáb, 20 de Jul del 2013, a las 00:41:56 »
Parece que en cada entrevista saque dos o tres temas nuevos sobre los que hablar en la letra de una cancion xD
Desde luego que hombre mas peculiar, ahora se nos ha vuelto un paranoico de las piramides :happy2:

 

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