October 2, 2013

U.K.'s Metro recently conducted an interview with METALLICA drummer Lars Ulrich. A couple of excerpts from the chat follow below.

Metro: Can you define the band's success?

Lars: METALLICA exist in our own bubble. We're not part of a genre, we're not part of a wave, we're not part of a moment. We're completely financially independent. We own all our own records. We own all our own masters. We financed this film by ourselves. We don't have to suck up to anybody or deal with the man. We just live in our own little world. We're our own entity, completely autonomous. And that's a very unusual situation to be in.

Metro: You took the file-sharing site Napster to court in 2000. Has your attitude changed to online music?

Lars: The misconception about all that stuff was that somehow METALLICA were just Luddites or anti-Internet. I guarantee I'm on the Internet more than you. That whole thing, 15 years ago, was about control. It was not about anything else. Who controls what happens? And we were pretty convinced that we had the right to control whatever happened to METALLICA. Some called us ignorant for thinking that, others called us pioneering, and somewhere in-between lies the truth.

Metro: You've been together for so long. Is it hard not to get sick of each other?

Lars: Somewhere along the line we learnt to get along and we'd rather be in METALLICA than not be in METALLICA. I think we have tremendous respect for whatever it is METALLICA means. I've never known anything else. I've been in METALLICA since I was 17. So ultimately you want it to survive, and you figure out what works and what doesn't.

Read the entire interview at Metro.

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