Elton John, Korn, New Kids on the Block, Skrillex, Tommy Lee of Mötley Crüe, Slipknot, Taylor Momsen and more Talk Lady Gaga
Mon, 02 May 2011 06:20:50
Lady Gaga is everywhere these days and rightfully so.
She's brought some danger back to pop music by defying safe conventions while simultaneously churning out one timeless hook after another in the process. "Born This Way" is a stadium-filling declaration of independence, while "Judas" remains a subversive little gem. They're both merely setting the stage for the music event of the year: the release of her second full-length offering, Born This Way, on May 23rd, 2011.
Elton John, Jonathan Davis and James "Munky" Shaffer of Korn, Joey McIntyre of New Kids on the Block, Shawn "Clown" Crahan of Slipknot and The Black Dots Of Death, Tommy Lee of Mötley Crüe and Methods of Mayhem, Taylor Momsen of The Pretty Reckless and "Gossip Girl", Skrillex, Jay Sean, and more spoke to ARTISTdirect.com editor and Dolor author Rick Florino in this exclusive piece about Lady Gaga. They talk about possibly hitting the studio with Gaga and so much more…
Legendary Korn main man Jonathan Davis sums Gaga up best though saying, "She's like the Marilyn Manson of pop!"
Would you want to do a song with Lady Gaga?
Elton John: I always want to do another song with Gaga! I love her! We've known each other now for about a year since The Grammys, and we've spent a lot of time together. I adore her, and when she offered to do "Hello, Hello" for Gnomeo & Juliet with me, I was enchanted. I didn't ask her to do it. She said, "I want to hear that song you're making and I want to do it!" Of course, I was looking for a girl to do it with and who better than her? I'm so grateful. She's such a great, kind, and lovely person!
Jonathan Davis of Korn:
Jonathan Davis: I'd collaborate with almost anybody, bro [Laughs]. You don't know until you try it. I'm sure artists like Lady Gaga and Britney Spears would want to jump out of the box and do something different. I like Lady Gaga. She's like the Marilyn Manson of pop. Fuck yeah, I'd do that!
Tommy Lee of Mötley Crüe and Methods of Mayhem:
Tommy Lee: That'd be fucking crazy. She's a huge Mötley Crüe fan! I had the opportunity to meet her a little while ago. My flight got in late though, and I didn't get a chance to actually meet her. She was at The Staples Center, and a friend of mine was at the show. When I landed, the show was almost over. She pointed out some dude in the audience, and he had a Mötley Crüe shirt on. She called for a spotlight and lit the guy up. She goes, "Hey, I have that shirt!" The guy's on the big screens at that point. Then she says, "I have that same exact shirt. As a matter of fact, I have sex in mine!" [Laughs] It was fucking cool, man! She's definitely a rock fan as well. Lady Gaga even dresses metal. Look at some of the shit she wears. That's some glam rock-punk rock futuristic shit [Laughs]. Everybody's pulling from the best of everything. A lot of the new music coming out is pretty fucking cool if you ask me!
Joey McIntyre of New Kids On The Block
Joey McIntyre: Of course! It was very cool to be at the beginning of her launch and collaborate on "Big Girl Now" together for our album, The Block. Back then, I actually remember her saying, "I did this video that's really crazy for my record coming up!" She co-wrote a couple of songs for us, and she also came on tour with us very early on. Then, everything just blew up. It's very cool. She's sweet and extremely talented. It's cool to see someone take off.
Skrillex: It could be really cool! She's on a totally different level. If I got a phone call tomorrow that said, "Hey would you like to work with Lady Gaga?" I'd say, "Of course."I actually did two remixes for her—"Alejandro" and "Bad Romance." It's Skrillex with Lady Gaga. Check out the radio edit of "Bad Romance."
Taylor Momsen of The Pretty Reckless
Taylor Momsen: I'm open to anything! If it's the right fit at the right time, then for sure! There are so many details that go into a collaboration like that, but possibly!
Shawn "Clown" Crahan of Slipknot and The Black Dots Of Death
Shawn "Clown" Crahan: Directors will connect with an artist to make a soundtrack because they'll feel the roots of that artist. They'll think, "I can benefit from the way this person comes from the streets for my soundtrack." Or, an artist can facilitate a role in a movie because of a look or something else. With me, it's going to be because of who I am, what I do, and what I've created. When people see me, they're going to say, "That's the fucking clown. Do you realize what this guy's done, what he stands for, and what he gets away with? Do you realize how he mixes the hate and love, the wrong and right, the good and bad, and lives? He lives it both." I'm married eighteen years faithfully and have four kids. Two of them are girls, and two of them are boys. I live 50-50. One moment, you see me talking about my family and how I would do anything for them. Then you see me on stage and I'm basically murdering myself. I'm killing myself for my art. I'm living what everyone has lived within art. I grew up on Dr. Seuss and Rembrandt books. My mom and dad bought me children's books for great artists like Van Gogh that were written in kid-form for kids to understand. I just stared at it and I took it all in. Impressionistic painting is my favorite. I find myself a pretty serious enthusiast on that. I went to school, and I failed everything but art [Laughs]. I'm always going to take the challenge when it comes to art. I am going to collaborate. I'm just waiting for the Lady Gaga's of the world to be exposed to me and then go, "Bing!" The light bulb goes off. They look at everything I've done and say, "Wow, I could work with this guy, and we could get out something." Then it's going to get fucking serious. It's going to happen. Don't be surprised if one day Lady Gaga is working with The Clown and we make something so fucking profound it changes the world. That's what I'm ready to do, but right now I'm doing The Black Dots Of Death.
James "Munky" Shaffer of Korn and Fear and the Nervous System
James "Munky" Shaffer: She looks like she's into metal [Laughs]. Why not collaborate? We've done a lot of collaborating in the past!
Tinie Tempah: I'd love to collaborate with Lady Gaga in the sense that she's very talented and has a lot of input in how her music sounds. It's awesome because you don't get a lot of that anymore. She's out there too! For me, that "Alejandro" tune just worked and it connected with so many different people. I also feel we'd do an amazing stage show together.
Rich Luzzi of Rev Theory
Rich Luzzi:I wouldn't be opposed to anything! A lot of artists are doing different types of collaborations. You've got to always keep your mind open. Let her know [Laughs].
Mat Devine of Kill Hannah
Mat Devine: Yeah! I think she writes incredible songs. It'd be fun to cover The Cure's "Just Like Heaven" with her.
Maria Brink of In This Moment
Maria Brink: Hell yeah! Yes. She is a superstar. She is an eccentric, a phenomenal visionary. I think she is an artist in a million different ways. I'd love to meet her!
James Johnston of Biffy Clyro
James Johnston: In pop music, the artists collaborate like crazy, and it's often to sell a record instead of for artistic merit, but Lady Gaga is quite interesting, so for that reason, we would consider collaborating with someone like her. We had Josh Homme [Queens of the Stone Age, The Desert Sessions, Them Crooked Vultures] play on our record, and that is because his guitar style suited the song. It wasn't like we were just trying to get a famous rock star on our album. It suited the style.
Jon Chu Director of Justin Bieber's Never Say Never
Jon Chu: I love music. I love dance. I love great stories. Michael Jackson was my biggest idol growing up. I wasn't a dancer, but that idea of storytelling made me believe in magic. When the subject is compelling, like Gaga or Justin, it excites me to see how could you tell a story with this character that has creative flow that you can jump in and swim and find interesting things.
Brendon Urie of Panic! At The Disco
Brendon Urie: Why not? She seems very musically oriented and very talented, I will say that. She seems like she has a variety of instruments she can play and can write songs. I can't help but hear her music anywhere I go, so I am not excluded. I think she is talented.
Garfunkel & Oates:
Kate Miccuci: Oh my God!
Riki Lindhome: Would we want to collaborate with Lady Gaga? Yes, we'd want to collaborate with Lady Gaga [Laughs]!
Kate Miccuci: That's like asking, "Do you like chocolate?" She's amazing. I think she's awesome.
Riki Lindhome: I'm sure she's a huge Garfunkel & Oates fan [Laughs].
Tobias Smith: We were actually listening to the song "Born This Way" in the van.
Philip Galitzine: Aren't you friends with that guy?
Luke White: Justin Tranter from Semi Precious Weapons…we were playing "Six Degrees of Lady Gaga" the other day. The answer to the question would be, "Yes." We have a certain affinity for pop music and Lady Gaga is definitely the Madonna of 2011, if you will. She's really pushing boundaries. The music's fun, and it's cool to see her journey over the past five years from Stefani Germanotta in the village into this huge spectacle of an artist. We don't mind getting down and dirty as well.
Philip Galitzine: Collaboration is fun. The core of the band is the four of us, and it'll always be the four of us but whenever there's somebody who's fun to write with or work alongside, it's like, "Why not?" The more, the merrier. Who knows what's going to come up when two creative groups come together?
Eric Espiritu: It's an adventure. With music, there are no rules.
Philip Galitzine: Lady Gaga, if you're out there, sure!
Tobias Smith: Yeah, we'll agree to it [Laughs]. Call us!
Jay Sean: I'd totally do a song with Gaga! What I'm fascinated by is how you make that work. If I did a song with Taylor Swift, how would that work? I love the challenge of writing such a great song that it doesn't matter when two people from different genres come together like that. I'd love to collaborate with her.
Who should Lady Gaga collaborate with?
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