Mutemath’s new album Odd Soul is a representation of the creative spirit and talent of this New Orleans based alternative rock outfit. The players that make up the band are Paul Meany on vocals, Darren King on drums and Roy Mitchell on bass/guitar. Darren King took some time out of his busy schedule to chat about the band and the new album. Mutemath will play St. Andrews in Detroit on Friday, March 2.
How did you meet your bandmates?
I met Paul when I was fourteen in 1997, he was touring with his very first group/project. I met him at a show as he passed through my home town. I all but stalked him after that trying to get in the band. It took years and a lot of attempts to do that. I once got kicked out of this band actually. But we go way back now.
With the new album Odd Soul which was self-produced, how did the process flow as opposed to having someone else produce your album?
It was so much better. I’d have to say it was infinitely better for us. You can chalk it up to our own stubbornness being the cause for why it was necessary. Be that as it may, it’s by far the best experience I’ve had making a record. I personally think it’s the best record we’ve done and I hope to repeat that process in some form or another every time we make records from now on. I think we found something that we do great and it works better for us.
What made you choose music as a career?
Actually church, we belonged to a church where you were allowed to play the drums as loud as you wanted to. It was the first place I felt accepted. I also found music at home with my headphones, my radio and my CDs. I fell in love with music. Then in school I got to be in band and do drums as well. I learned from that that I loved performing and all that stuff more than anything. Every part of my adolescence all pointed towards drumming. I’m thankful I had a drum kit and a dog growing up. That really helped me lift my head up after many days of getting picked on. You know… those horrible Charlie Brown days you have at school. I’d come home and be alone and I’d have Henry my Australian Shepard who loved me unconditionally. And I had the drum set that I could just beat the hell out of.
What have been some of your favorite moments in your career thus far?
I tend to be a pretty optimistic person, Paul’s more of a realist. So there’s this thing where I’ll be freaking out and will be like I can’t believe this is happening! And he’ll be like, why haven’t we done this already? So there’s a good balance there which I think we need, we work together well. I remember the very first time we played David Letterman, for whatever reason that felt like a moment and we definitely put a bookmark there. Later that night we were walking around Times Square and there’s this big video screen, we had just watched ourselves play on Letterman and then they played our music video on this video screen in Times Square—MTV did. And we happened to walk across it as it was playing and we stopped… nobody else was looking at it, but we were flipping out and saying all kinds of geeky things about it. “Look at those guys, whoa!” That was special, any tour we’ve done overseas, the fact that we’ve gotten to go to Japan six times freaks me out. And there’s new stuff to look forward to, we get to go to Australia for the first time in two months, I can’t wait!
What do you think is the most frustrating thing about touring?
Laundry, by far it is laundry.
If you weren’t a musician what do you think you’d be doing?
I’d be a bum, I’d be a lonely, lazy bum, I’d be on my way out. Actually, I suppose I’d be trying to meet those needs elsewhere. I love performing, I love traveling, I love people, I love kids, I’d love to be a record collector, if I wasn’t a musician I’d be a DJ how about that?
Do you have any other hobbies that you enjoy besides music?
Yeah, well, no… record collecting. Record collecting is my big hobby, that’s what I love.
For more info on Mutemath visit http://mutemath.com/
Mutemath – 3/2, 7 p.m. – St. Andrews Hall, 431 E. Congress, Detroit, MI – (313) 961-6923 – www.livenation.com- $28 – Click here for tickets