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“We Went Back To Making Music For Ourselves”

AndrewHaug.com, Australia’s first-ever dedicated 24/7 rock and metal online radio station launched by Andrew Haug, the former host of Triple J Australia’s “The Racket” radio show (originally “Full Metal Racket“; 2001-2011), conducted an interview with MEGADETH mainman Dave Mustaine on October 19 in Melbourne, Australia. You can now watch the chat above. Excerpts follow (transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET).

On MEGADETH‘s forthcoming album, “Dystopia“:

“Well, it’s good for us for a lot of different reasons. One is, we went back to making music for ourselves. We’ve been saying that so much, and then you get into the studio and people start saying, ‘Well, you know, this sounds like it could be a radio song. Let’s put this one out.’ And for this, we have a new management team, A&R, label… everything’s new. So it’s good for us, because that new blood… everybody who’s working on the project are metal fans; they’re not people who are in the music business and this is one of their accounts. [Adopts southern drawl] ‘What’s MEGADETH? I don’t know what those guys are about.'”

On the changes in the music business:

“It’s a lot different from when I first started, obviously. Even if it stayed exactly the same, it would change just because the faces would change. The technology would continue to evolve. But I think probably the most disappointing thing that’s changed is there’s a lot of people who are in the music business now that don’t really care about music that look at it as a business — where the music business is music and business, and that’s what their forte is. They don’t get the loyalty to a band, they don’t get why someone would get mad if their little bad gets successful. Because that’s a very indie mentality — when we find a band we like that we don’t know who they are, and it’s like our band, and then when you see the sticker on one of the cars in your neighborhood, it’s, like, ‘Oh, those guys sold out.’ But, see, that’s the beauty of being a real true music fan — reading the jacket on the album…”

Due in January 2016, the new MEGADETH album, “Dystopia“, will be the band’s first to feature LAMB OF GOD drummer Chris Adler and Brazilian guitarist Kiko Loureiro, best known for his work with ANGRA.

(via Blabbermouth)

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