Megadeth’s David Ellefson and Metallica’s Robert Trujillo Discuss Thrash Revolution + More
Here’s a unique look into some serious discussion on metal, featuring two of thrash’s most celebrated bassists — Metallica‘s Robert Trujillo and Megadeth‘s David Ellefson. The interview was originally recorded in 2014, but Bass Gear Magazine just uploaded the video for your viewing pleasure.
For the Bass Gear Magazine segment, the two bassists had a simple conversation where Ellefson took the role as interviewer while Trujillo was put in the hot seat to answer the Megadeth legend’s questions. Ellefson even asked Trujillo about his early years playing flamenco, a form of Spanish folk music.
“Well, flamenco was probably the first music that I may have heard as a baby, because my father played flamenco,” Trujillo recalls. “It was for, obviously, hobby purposes, but that’s what he played all the time, so I got used to hearing him play that style of music. And also, his finger technique, obviously, was fingers, so when I picked up the acoustic guitar, I immediately started playing like that … We lived in an apartment, so I couldn’t afford to get a kit to play loud and all that. My father had a friend who actually had a hollow-body bass guitar, and didn’t work through an amp, but because it was hollow body, I could play it.”
After speaking about his time in Suicidal Tendencies, Trujillo actually flipped the script on Ellefson, asking the Megadeth bassist about helping create the now legendary Bay Area thrash scene. “It was so cool because you could tell it was something that involved punk and metal, and I think our age group, we grew up with Sabbath and Priest records, but we also had Dead Kennedys and Sex Pistols records. That was the energy that created thrash.” Ellefson goes on to describe his and Dave Mustaine‘s move from Los Angeles to the Bay Area and how that move was so important to Megadeth’s career.
Check out the interview above!
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