Monday, December 14, 2015

James Hetfield about side projects: "I want it to add to me, not subtract from Metallica"

Metallica's James Hetfield was recently interviewed by fan club magazine So What!, you can read some excerpts below.

About a possible side project, Hetfield said: "That's a great question, because, for me, it's always been if anyone does something else, it waters down the potency of Metallica. That's always been the thought around it. But I guess if they do it, it's okay, but if I do it, it's not, because I'm the frontman, or Lars Ulrich is the drummer. We're the founders. We can't do that kind of stuff."

About if he still feels that way, Hetfield said: "I think it's always been like that, and I still feel that a little bit. And I think Metallica, for Lars and myself, I'll speak mainly for me, but I know he feels the same way, Metallica is our side project too. It's our main project, it's our side project, it's our 24-7 project. It doesn't mean that I don't want to try other things, like voiceover work, a book, photography, art, cars… you name it. I want it to add to me, not subtract from Metallica."

He continued: "Before, I might have come to the table with a negative attitude around side projects: 'You're doing that, which means you're not into this band as much as I am or Lars is.' I'm tired of that feeling and I'm tired of that resentment. At the end of the day, I know Lars and I are the guides of this. We steer Metallica most of the time, and the other two guys are very happy that that is the way it is. And we're all equal. We're all contributing in our way. But I think Lars and I are very comfortable being the spearheads of it. And we are in a great spot right now, because everyone knows the band is prioritized above everything, but everyone also feels free to to explore other things."

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