Moshcam Q&A with Lemmy (Ian Kilmister) from Motörhead
Album: Bad Magic
Q: What are your first memories with music and how you got hooked?
A: When I saw The Beatles at The Cavern, a long time ago – I heard all the ‘forbidden’ rock’n’roll music and loved it right from the start.
Q: Do any records or artists stand out from your childhood that you’d say are big influences on the music you make today?
A: Buddy Holly, Jerry Lee Lewis, Little Richard, The Beatles, Elvis.
Q: From those early days until now, what’s been the most surreal moment in your career so far?
A: That I’m still alive.
Q: What has been the most rewarding part of playing in Motörhead for all these years?
A: It’s my life, I can’t imagine doing anything else.
Q: How did you decide to work with producer Cameron Webb again? Was this an easy decision or were there other producers in the mix?
A: No, why change a winning team, ha, ha
We are quite happy with Cameron, he knows how to handle Motörhead’s music and our personalities, plus he has good ideas.
Q: What motivated you to write and record Bad Magic?
A: Our normal two-year turnaround in writing a new album because we think we owe it to the fans.
Q: Brian May features on “The Devil” how did this collaboration come about?
A: He is Phil’s mate and Phil asked him. Brian had time and it worked out great
Q: This is your 22nd studio album… there must be a great chemistry between you all, what do you find to be the hardest part of the writing and recording process?
A: This time we all wrote the songs together in the studio, instead of creating ideas separately – a new/old approach for the band and of course, it is sometimes hard to start the writing process.
Q: When you look back, are there any memorable moments that stand out when making the record?
A: No, not really, remember we’ve all known each other for several years. It was a working process with fights and laughter.
Q: Do you have a favourite track on the album and why?
A: Every track on the album is substantial – that was our goal.
Q: How do the recording and touring processes feed into one another for Motörhead?
The immediate audience reaction is hard to top, while some of the recorded songs have their own lives.
Q: Five-to-ten minutes before you guys go on stage, what are you typically doing? Have any interesting rituals developed?
A: Nothing special beyond just waiting patiently.
Q: What’s the weirdest thing that you’ve every seen with a crowd?
A: In some countries the crowd is very intense, sometimes we see bare tits in the crowd, which is always a delight. Some great banners with cool wordings that make you laugh, but nothing really weird or especially wild.
Q: What’s the funniest /strangest rumour you’ve heard about yourself/band?
A: That I’m God
Q: If you could pick a huge band from another era to go on tour with, who would it be?
A: The Beatles