Saturday, November 04, 2023

Interview: BTS Look at 'Songs for the Deaf' by Queens of the Stone Age (VIDEO)


My guest this week is one of my oldest and closest friends. Matt Larsen and I became friends in middle school in the mid 80s, and have remained friends to this day. We were musically obsessed teens, and we both worked in the music business after leaving Omaha.
 
Matt moved to Chicago and worked for Interscope Records doing retail marketing. He worked closely with artists like No Doubt, Marilyn Manson, Limp Bizkit, Rocket From the Crypt, Queens of the Stone Age, and many others. The label moved him to Los Angeles in the early 2000s to be a product manager. That is where we pick up the story in this video. 

One of the first projects Matt worked on was the album 'Songs For the Deaf' by Queens of the Stone Age. The 2002 album was the band's breakthrough. Dave Grohl, on hiatus from Foo Fighters, played drums on the album and appeared in the first video. 

After sharing his experiences working with QOTSA, Matt and I discuss album, the era, and its lasting impact on music.

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