Sunday, February 26, 2012
[sceneinthedark.com] SCENE IN THE DARK was lucky enough to get a moment to speak to producer and guitar player Mat Mitchell before he heads out on the road with Maynard James Keenan and his wild, wooly, and wonderful ever-evolving project Puscifer. Check out what he had to say about life in the desert.
Jennie O (SCENE): Saw the Kimmel performance last night. Everything seemed to go really well. How did it feel?
Mat Mitchell (Puscifer): It was fun. It was really relaxed y’know, it felt like a club show. Which is new for us so we really had a good time with it.
SCENE: The audience was receptive to the new material?
Mat: Yeah absolutely.
SCENE: What’s it like to be in such a bafflingly fruitful desert out there?
Mat: It was great. Y’know Maynard draws a lot of attention from his other bands and getting to be a part of that is awesome.
SCENE: What were the advantages of being removed from the metropolitan environment for this particular process on this album?
Mat: It absolutely helped. You can hear it in the music. Getting away from the distractions and getting away from the excuses of having things to do and places to be allowed everyone to kind of focus and relax. It made the process go quicker and I think the quality was better.
SCENE: Maynard had said in regards to that there was less pressure on the process out there, that you wouldn’t necessarily push a take like you would in the studio, that you could take breaks to hike and things like that…
Mat: Yeah because you’re not looking at the clock. You’re not paying by the hour kind of thing. In that regard it was just way more relaxing and comfortable, that you’re not thinking about time. But at the same time, like I said before, it almost made things go quicker because you weren’t distracted by anything.
SCENE: How did it work for the group dynamic?
Mat: I think better because you kind of get a family vibe; Cause you’re having all your meals together, you go on walks together, it becomes more of a family thing.
SCENE: The first album had a lot of bravado and cheeky swagger and sexuality but this album seems to have a heroes journey feel to the sound, like a desolation and an existential humbleness, almost like the ideas are the result of battle scars, what was the motive behind this change of pulse?
Mat: I think just like any record its experimentation and figuring out what you want to say. The first record was more like you said: more sexual and groovy and this one, I’m sure part of it was the environment that we were working in, but it just kind of naturally turned into what it did.
READ THE ENTIRE INTERVIEW HERE.
Posted by Dan Goldin at 12:49 PM