Never one to do things by halves, Tommy Lee really went beyond the call of duty when it came to putting together the new Methods of Mayhem record, A Public Disservice Announcement. The live wire drummer posted raw demo tracks online and invited fans to send in their own musical submissions, leading to what he calls a “worldwide collaboration”. More than 10,000 entries and many months later, we caught up with Tommy to find out about the finished product.
It sounds like you had a blast putting A Public Disservice Announcement together
“I’m so pumped about it. I can’t wait. We’ve got two weeks until the record comes out. It’s one of those projects that I’ve put my heart into. I basically collaborated with the world on this one, which is insane when you think about it. But the work was well worth it. I think everyone’s gonna dig this record because it’s got something special about it. It’s got a lot of innocence. We’ve got people from all over the world with parts on here.”
There’s so many different styles on the record, were there no boundaries?
“It’s me and my crazy eclectic love for so many different styles. There’s songs like ‘Fight Song’ that are the heaviest thing I’ve ever heard to some dirty, electro club s**t like ‘Party Instructions’ that I did with Deadmau5. That’s just me, I’m all over the place. I love punk and pop and electronic, so Methods of Mayhem is like my adult playground. I just get to do whatever I want and let rip. It’s exciting for me. For some people they might go, ‘I dunno dude, this doesn’t sound like Mötley Crüe’. Well of course it doesn’t, it’s not supposed to! It’s basically one of those records that’s eclectic and freestyle as hell. I love it.”