Rage Against The Machine guitarist Tom Morello spoke to Guitar World and shared some details about how he created their records by copying other musical genres’ styles.
As you probably know, Rage Against The Machine was founded after Tom Morello’s former band Lock Up had disbanded. It can be considered a very influential and inspiring rock band with their best-selling and remarkable records that hit the charts worldwide.
In addition, the band’s guitarist Tom Morello has been drawing significant attention thanks to his unique and creative style, including feedback noise, unconventional picking, and tapping since his appearance on the rock scene. During his interview, Morello revealed that he wanted to become a DJ who uses his guitar and bare hands.
Tom Morello stated that he disagrees with the idea that an electric guitar sample can replace a guitar player. Also, he admitted that he was inspired by other genres such as hip-hop, rap, dance, and electronic music’s sounds while he was creating Rage Against The Machine and Audioslave records.
In Morello’s words, he said:
“I always want to challenge myself and try to play stuff that I never imagined. Well, there’ve been countless times when people have counted the electric guitar/rock ‘n’ roll out, you know? And one of those times was when people were like, ‘You can sample an electric guitar, so you don’t need a guitar player anymore. A DJ can do that.’ So I said, ‘Well, I’m going to be the DJ, only with a Marshall stack and my bare hands.’
Then when electronica came along there were all these acts like the Crystal Method and the Prodigy that were great rock ‘n’ roll bands that didn’t necessarily have the guitar in them. I would approximate the sounds and the textures of that vibe, only, again, using my guitar and my bare hands.
There was a reason why all those Rage Against the Machine and Audioslave records. All sounds are made by guitar, bass, and drums. Because I was literally stealing from other genres, but finding a way to make it come through a Marshall stack.”
As it turns out, Rage Against The Machine’s Tom Morello decided to copy other genres’ styles by using his guitar and Marshall stack to recreate these sounds in his own unique way and to challenge himself.