Rob Trujillo Gives Update On New Metallica Music: “We’re Excited About Cultivating New Ideas”
Metallica bassist Rob Trujillo has given further insight into Metallica’s lockdown recording plans.
Earlier this month, drummer Lars Ulrich revealed that the thrash legends were indeed working on new material while in lockdown. And now, speaking to The Vinyl Guide podcast (via Blabbermouth), Rob explains the mindset of the band going into these quarantine sessions.
“We communicate every week, which is really great, so we have our connection intact. And what we’ve started doing is basically just really concentrating on our home studios and being creative from our homes and navigating through ideas and building on new ideas,” says Rob.
“We’re excited about cultivating new ideas, to be honest. And everybody’s in a good headspace, for the most part, and that’s pretty much our focus now — let’s have fun with this. That’s part of the reason I got some updated recording gear and I’m putting ideas together and we’re checking kind of each other’s vibes out on new stuff. And that’s pretty much where we’re at.”
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He continues: “We’re creating, and I think that is really cool, because sometimes it takes a while to get the band together, and get four individuals who are living in different places in the same room. But it’s, like, ‘Hey, guess what? We don’t have to be in the same room right now.’ We can make music from our homes and work together and build stuff – and then we’ll get in that room together and we’ll bang the stuff out, but we’ll be 40 steps ahead.”
Rob adds that there is no release date in mind as yet, as they’re just “cultivating the terrain and getting kind of excited about it.” He explains how the band are working in a brand new way, and are having to “restructure their routines and their creative flow” before these new ideas transition into something else.
Listen to the full interview below.
Earlier this month, drummer Lars revealed that Metallica were “sending ideas to each other via email and via Zoom and [trying to] make music in these unusual situations.
“We have a weekly Zoom connect. We’ve been doing that basically since [the coronavirus pandemic] started 10 [or] 11 weeks [ago] — since it started in America. So we get together once a week on Zoom for a couple of hours and catch up.”
Adding that the four guys don’t just sit and talk about Metallica for hours, they have started exchanging ideas.
“It’s nice to be in touch, it’s nice to be part again of that group, and I look forward to the creative opportunities that lie ahead of us,” said Lars. “…just gotta figure out how much we can create without being in the same space”.
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