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    Mon, 28 Dec 2009 12:16:26

    Interview: Infected Mushroom - Infected Mushroom's Duvdev talks to ARTISTdirect.com editor and <i>Dolor</i> author Rick Florino about collaborating with hard rock icons, what the legend of the black shawarma really is and going fairy tale on the dance floor...

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    Infected Mushroom could turn any dance floor into a moshpit.

    Their brand of electronica is laced with metallic speed and tension that makes them just as incendiary as any hard rock or trance act on the scene. At the same time, Infected Mushroom know how to hook a listener.

    Their latest disc, The Legend of the Black Shawarma, is rife with catchy choruses and some of them come courtesy of legends such as Korn mainman Jonathan Davis and Jane's Addiction singer Perry Farrell.

    Infected Mushroom's Duvdev got together with ARTISTdirect.com editor and Dolor author Rick Florino for this exclusive interview about creating a trippy fairy tale, working with rock n' roll royalty and so much more.

    How do songs typically come together for you guys?

    Before Infected Mushroom, we were a hardcore trance dance-rock band, but over the years we came back to our heavy metal roots. What you hear on Legend of the Black Shawarma is a mixture of heavy metal and electronic music. It's basically us sitting in the studio and putting all of our influences into one album. That's why it's so diverse.

    Which metal bands have been particularly influential?

    I'd say Tool, System of a Down, Korn and we could also go old school like Pantera and Metallica. Pantera was a big influence on us. We dig Linkin Park too. It's everything.

    Is creating metal and creating electronic music similar in terms of process? They're both fast, emotional styles of music.

    In my opinion, they're not that different. Some people might say it is. For me, coming from both genres, we both look for the same thing. We look for the power, we look for the catchiness and keeping it hardcore. It's the same as what I do. Different electronic music doesn't go with this kind of style. Commercial trance goes more with pop production. You've got to have a heavier, borderline trance like us, Prodigy or Pendulum for it to work with metal.

    What's the story behind "End of the Road?"

    "End of the Road" is a phrase in Hebrew that means "really good." It's a catchy phrase in Israeli slang. When we were doing the track, I was messing around in Hebrew, and I said it. We laughed so hard about it that we put it into the track.

    Does the album title have fairy tale connections?

    The album name is a big name. We knew we had to go "fairytale," so we created a mythical creature forest where people wait for Shawarma. We put a lot of thinking into our art on the albums. I'm really picky about it and we're happy this. We wanted it to look like it came out of a kid's book.

    What did Jonathan Davis bring to "Smashing the Opponent?"

    He brought the Jonathan Davis—his roughness, his really cool voice. We were honored to have him on board because I'm a big Korn fan. Jonathan is one of my all-time favorite heavy metal singers. It went from a Depeche Mode kind of track to a Depeche Mode-Korn kind of track [Laughs].

    Rick Florino

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