When MELISSA AUF DER MAUR was here in good ole Blighty on tour recently, she had a chat with the guys over at SonicShocks. In the interview, she talks about her current album Out Of Our Minds and how it developed into a film and a comic.
“I like to diversify and experiment.”, she told them, “All my work is based on collaboration so there’s going to be a lot of people because it’s not me alone. On ‘Out of Our Minds’, not only do I work with various mixers, engineers and drummers, but I also worked with film makers and the film version of Out of Our Minds was a collaboration between me and a director. It’s the same with the comic book.
I went to art school my whole life from 6 years old until the day I joined Hole and I was playing music, performing in plays, painting and then I eventually took up photography.
It was actually a very big shock to my system when I became a full time bass player in a band but I was given this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to travel and see the world with a big band and to become a better bass player, a better singer, a better performer and a better songwriter, so it became pretty consuming for almost 10 years.
I thought that it’s now or never that I go back to my original roots of visual and storytelling so I knew that this project would have to be more than an album. Luckily, as I was making it, technology was evolving. The fantasy film is shot on HD, fuelled on solar power, in the middle of the woods in nowhere. That couldn’t have happened even 5 years ago- that kind of technology didn’t exist…“
“With people like Billy and Courtney, they’re such epic relationships in my life that it’s like ex-wives and ex-husbands. You can’t strike up a casual friendship.
I went to Chicago and wrote a song with Billy right before he was doing the reunion. He didn’t know how he was going to do it at that point but I went to Chicago, stayed at his place, we wrote a song together and it was lovely and that was the last time I saw him. When we see each other it’s always fine and very meaningful- he actually gave me a beautiful 12 string guitar that I have all over my new record.
And then with Courtney, we are in touch a little more now because she got in touch with me last year to tell me about her reunion plans and we had a meeting about that. We had different ideas about the way it should be done but yeah, we’ve been in touch a little bit“.
You can read the full interview and get the complete low-down at this location.
Head back tomorrow when we chat to Melissa about her bass playing career in our latest installment of Gear Nerd.