The bassist of the progressive metal band Tool, Justin Chancellor revealed the details about his musical inspirations in a recent interview with Bass Magazine.
During a recent interview with Bass Magazine, Tool’s iconic member, Justin Chancellor talked about his days during self-quarantine due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Justin also mentioned the musicians and songs he has been influenced the most concerning his music.
The interviewer asked about the songs and artists that Justin has been inspired by most recently:
“What music, songs, recordings, artists, bass players have you been listening to as a source of comfort and inspiration that you can recommend?”
Apparently, he wasn’t listening to anyone ordinary or famously known. The talented bassist Justin Chancellor answered with an unexpected name:
“I’m inspired listening to the Polish composer Witold Lutosławski. He lived and died during the 20th century and he experienced some incredibly challenging times during both World Wars.
I would describe the music as modern classical, but it seems to capture a huge depth of intense emotion, as harmonies grow and evolve out of seemingly disparate notes!”
Furthermore, Justin shared the other musical interests of his:
“I’m enjoying the melodic heaviness of the French band, Gojira. Simon and Garfunkel, ‘Our Pathetic Age’ – the latest from DJ Shadow, and the near-six-hours of Underworld’s Drift Series 1 are also on rotation.”
He also answered the question of how he had been spending his days during the lockdown:
“My house has never been so clean! My wife and I have always had a Monday morning cleaning routine where I vacuum and she mops, but recently I’ve dusted surfaces that hadn’t seen the clear light of day for years!
On a more creative note, I’m restoring my 15-foot tall Statue of Liberty head, an old movie prop I purchased years ago on a tipsy impulse, which is attached to my studio. As I rebuilt the spikes of her crown, I couldn’t help hoping that I was fixing the ‘Corona’.”
Click here to read the rest of the interview with Justin Chancellor.