Rage Against The Machine guitarist Tom Morello unveiled how he started to create his forthcoming album, ‘The Atlas Underground Fire,’ during a recent interview with Loudwire.
‘The Atlas Underground Fire’ is a follow-up album to his first solo record, ‘The Atlas Underground,’ and it will be his third solo studio album. The album was announced earlier this month, and it is going to be released on October 15.
In the conversation, Tom revealed that he was inspired by famous rapper Kanye West about how he created ‘Jesus Is King,’ which is saving his voice memos on his phone before making it to the studio.
As Tom said, he started to bypass all the microphones and recorded the guitar riff on his phone. Then, he sent all the riffs to the musicians, engineers, and producers around the world such as Eddie Vedder, Bruce Springsteen, and more.
While Tom was saying that he put lots of work in the middle of lots of stressful times, he also revealed that this method Kanye used actually was the genesis of ‘The Atlas Underground Fire’ album.
Tom Morello on his upcoming record:
“I read an interview with Kanye West, who was bragging about the fact that he had recorded vocals for two of his albums on the voice memo on his phone. And I said, ‘Well if it’s good enough for vocals on a Kanye West record, maybe I can record guitar riffs into my phone.
I just bypassed all the microphones and set my phone on a chair, hit the red dot, and all of a sudden was sending these riffs to engineers and producers around the world — to Springsteen, Eddie Vedder, the Bring Me the Horizon guys, and Damien Marley.
And created this like, global community of collaborators that, in the midst of a very, very stressful time, was a tremendous lifeline and a way to create. That was the genesis of ‘The Atlas Underground Fire’ album.”
You can check out the full interview below.