Rage Against The Machine Member Talks Disagreements With 90’s Music

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Former Rage Against The Machine bassist Tim Commerford discussed his issue with the way music was being downloaded for free on the internet in the 90’s in a new Digital Trends interview.

“Truth be told, if I want to listen to new music these days, I plug into the computer and Google what I want to hear, find a video of it, and listen to it that way.

For a moment in time, I wasn’t sure I agreed with the way music was going back in the ’90s, but now here I am, seeing the computer as a middleman. It’s taken the job of a lot of people, but it’s made it easier for musicians to get their music out there, and it’s ultimately made it easier for people to hear new music.

As a musician, I like the opportunities people now have to hear my music, and to be able to get my music out there to everyone in the world — it is what it is. It’s an evolving form of entertainment.”

He also discussed playing with Brad Wilk and his current drummer Mathias in Wakrat.

“Oh yeah — it’s a different style, you know? Playing with Brad in Prophets, it’s that square, 4/4 style. It’s all about the feel, and the groove that’s like an internal metronome. So I focus on that, and try to feel it in my performance.

With Mathias, it’s more math, like, “OK, here’s a phrase where I start from this finger, and I end the phrase on this finger. I take a breath right here, or else I’m not going to be able to sing this part. If I do it all right, I’ll be landing on that finger, breathing right there, and everything’s going to be OK at the end of this phrase.” With Mathias, it’s a different puzzle, for sure.”