... Actually talking to Patton was a real pleasure—he seemed to open up in ways he hadn’t done in other interviews I’d read, mostly because the interviewers had asked him too many questions about Faith No More, or treated his music as “wacky.” By the time our conversation wound down, he was complaining that his ear hurt from pressing against the phone for over 90 minutes.
I still think Fantômas is a terrific band (I saw them live about a month after the interview), and I have tremendous respect for Patton’s business model. Like John Zorn does with his Tzadik label, he sustains Ipecac with the sales of his own projects, thus allowing himself the latitude to release resolutely uncommercial discs by artists he admires. This was a fun piece
to research and write, and one I look back on fondly.
"I think originally he (John Zorn) wanted Diamanda Galás to do it (Grand Guignol) , and something happened and she didn’t do it, but he said, ‘Hey, this is the way I always intended it and I want you to do it.’ He did give me a little bit of direction, but for the most part he said, do
whatever the hell you want.” He sent it back and said, ‘No, no, no, no, no. This sounds great, but give me more.’ He really wanted a blasting—in certain sections, it’s just me, like a soloist.”
(With Delìrivm Còrdia of Fantômas), I wanted to force people to listen to it as one piece of music,” says Patton. “Unless you were swallowing it as one giant pill, it would never have the same effect. And in that regard, it was much more like contemporary classical music. They weren’t songs. They weren’t pieces. They weren’t frames. They weren’t little cells of music. I wanted it to really come off as a monolithic, larger-thanlife experience, like sitting on the operating table or anything else.
I wanted it to be long, drawn-out and painful.”... “It had a zillion parts, and there were only
certain sections where I knew what the final arrangement was going to be,” Patton recalls. “And I kind of kept them in the dark about it.
Grandísima colección de cuotas de Mike Patton, nacidas de una conversación telefónica de hora y media de duración.
Enfocada principalmente en Fantômas, Peeping Tom y proyectos paralelos, esta entrevista es rica en datos, algunos muy bien conocidos por todos, pero otros totalmente nuevos.
Para leer la entrevista completa, visita Bungle Fever.
Gracias a W Axl Rose por ponerla a nuestra disposición.