Interview With Tye Zamora, Let Em Know released to public!

Here’s a cool interview from MTV:

“Let ‘Em Know,” a brand-new song from Alien Ant Farm, who are finally back after a lengthy hiatus. “You gotta get invincible, problems are minuscule,” frontman Dryden Mitchell sings. We couldn’t agree more.

Ant Farm Is Back

Listen to Alien Ant Farm’s “Let ‘Em Know,” and read an interview with Tye Zamora after the jump.

“This song is not for the broken; this song is not for the hopeless. Only the strong survive,” Mitchell continues in an aggressively rhythmic cadence over a grinding mid-tempo beat, layers of electronics noise, synth strings, and crunching guitars. Sounds like he’s singing to the band itself. The California group are currently in the midst of a PledgeMusic drive to aid in the release of Always and Forever, their first studio album in seven years. Fans can pre-order the album and get all sorts of bonus rewards, like helping choose artwork, and — NBD — hanging out with the band.

We reached out to bassist Tye Zamora to ask why Alien Ant Farm decided to go the fan-funded route this time around, and what they’ve been up to since the days of coveringMichael Jackson‘s “Smooth Criminal.”

1.) Why the long hiatus?
Tye Zamora: The initial split-up of Alien Ant Farm was really caused by a stream of bad luck the band experienced. The bus wreck, the physical and mental damages of the bus wreck, and the label-selling, leaving us with no support for our follow-up record, put us all in a bad place in our personal lives and with each other. In 2008 we decided to put the past behind us and get back together to do a series of one-off shows. We felt so much love from the audience that we decided to record another album. Since then we have once again run into nothing but bad luck. Due to management changes and signing to a label that doesn’t know how to pull triggers, we have been writing and recording a record for four years now with nothing but road blocks.

2.) What have you been up to in the interim?
Tye: All of us have been doing music in some shape or form. I went to Berklee College of Music to get a degree in Film Scoring, Terry Corso played with Powerman 5000, Mike Cosgrove produced records for various bands and artists, and Dryden worked on a couple different projects with members of PODPapa Roach, and Chevelle.

3.) Has Alien Ant Farm’s sound changed much in the meantime?
Tye: Yes and no. The band has always written songs in a variety of genres, and that’s what we did while writing this album. But this time we explored the electronic disco thing that is so popular with kids today.

4.) Do you think “Let ‘Em Know” fits in with your old material, or is it a big jump?
Tye: I think the new songs fit. The core of the songs, regardless of genre, sound very much like what Alien Ant Farm has done in the past. The use of synths and the four-on-the-floor kick drum pattern would be the only thing that would really stand out against the rest of our material.

5.) What made you decide to take the crowd fund approach?
Tye: We have no choice at this point. We waited two years since being signed to record and put this album out. We can’t wait any longer. We want people to hear these songs, and the only way we can do that is by creating the financial backing to record an album that is up to Alien Ant Farm’s standards.

Source: MTV

Alien Ant Farm took a new direction, new album coming early spring

Terry chatted with Beaumont Enterprise about the band’s new album, the success of "Smooth Criminal" and whether they’ll ever cover another song. "We took it in a new direction," said Corso. "We worked with people from the hip-hop world, R&B world, rock world. We were having a lot of fun working with the hip hop world."

The band’s set list for their Beaumont show at The Gig includes all the songs from their second studio album ANThology, which features their Michael Jackson cover "Smooth Criminal."

Alien Ant Farm

And here’s the short interview:

Alien Ant Farm has been featured on a number of video games. Are y’all big gamers?

I wouldn’t necessarily say that. I think out of everybody, I am probably the biggest gamer. I kind of only play like the first person shooter games like Call of Duty and I haven’t played in a really long time. Tye likes Rock Band He plays it all the time.

How is it to play Rock Band while you’re in a band?

I haven’t played it that much, but Tye has people over at his house and does Beatles Rock Band and I guess they have a lot of fun it. Tye is a perfectionist so he is probably all about it, honing his Rock Band skills.

I understand y’all will be playing Anthology on your tour of Texas. Why?

It’s kind of cool. That has been something that bands do now, because a lot of people didn’t get the chance to see whatever band playing all the songs [on] that one original record that they might have fallen in love with. It’s something we’ve talked about doing on a larger scale. It is going to be one of the last string of shows that we do of the year, this little Texas run.

I’m guessing your fans are excited about that?

The response has been killer just from what I’ve glanced on Facebook and it seems like they are really excited about it. I think I saw one negative comment. Some guy said, "Oh what a crappy set list. Now we know what’s going to happen." I was like, "Okay, you got a point dude."

What is your favorite song on that album to play?

Probably I’d say "Sticks and Stones" because it’s been a staple of our set for so many years. It’s just one of the band’s favorite songs only because we play it so much.

What’s cool is that we’re going to get the opportunity to play a lot of other songs that we haven’t played live for a very super long time. Those could be my favorite songs at the end of the universe, like the closing track on Anthology called "Universe." It’s a song that we’ve regaled as one of our best songs. That should be fun to play. Some of those obscure tracks we never got to take to the road too much.

Is it ever painful to play "Smooth Criminal?"

It’s something that has changed throughout time. At the beginning we didn’t really care and then we were just having a great time. It got to where we probably started maybe getting sick of it a little bit when we went out on tour with Truant. It’s not that we were trying to be bigger, that made us what we are. We just wanted to be different.

Are y’all working on anything right now?

We’ve been living in Chicago for three months. We’re hoping to have a record first quarter – February or March. We recorded it in Chicago with producer Johnny K, who is famous for a lot of heavy rock stuff like Disturbed, Staind and he has done some alt stuff like Plain White T’s. He is a good tone guy. He is from the old school of recording and getting those tones that we really knew we needed to get as a rock band.

What band are you digging right now?

I love a band called Off. They’re like an old punk band that I would’ve grown up on, but they’re now. Keith Morris has come out with this new band that crushes anything punk for the last 10, 15 years. I have been working on a pop record for three months and I am just kind of an old punk and metaler.

Would y’all ever cover another song?

When we tried "Smooth Criminal" thing, we didn’t even play the whole song at first. We were just jamming the riff on stage for about five minutes and everybody just loved it. As far as what the future holds, I can’t give out any secrets. We’re not exactly rushing to do one but there are always lots of opinions flying around the room. We actually tracked a song last year – I can’t say which one it is. I think it would be fun to do it with a guest. I’m not saying we’re doing it, but it would be fun to do.

Source: Beaumont Enterprise

Interview: Terry @ Maximum Threshold

If you missed the interview with Terry and Maximum Threshold you can click on the link to listen now!

If the link ever goes down it’s rehosted on our site (go to Downloads section under 2012).

Don’t have time to listen to it? Lets sum it up:

  • studio in Chicago, working with Johnny K
  • Michael Forever Tribute
  • the new record
  • management and label changes
  • why did he left the band
  • future tour plans
  • the band wants the record to come out in early February 2013
  • they’re going to do a christmas concert for charity with symphony from Riverside Community College (old, new and christmas songs)
  • who did the yelling (OOoo!) on Smooth Criminal (it was Tye)
  • Michael Jackson and his feedback on Smooth Criminal back in 2001, what made the band chose Smooth Criminal over any other MJ song
  • the largest crowd AAF played to was 60 000 – 80 000 people
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