ARTISTdirect.com editor Rick Florino conducted an interview with bassist/vocalist Troy Sanders of Atlanta progressive metallers MASTODON about the band's contribution to the soundtrack of "Jonah Hex", the comic-book Western/horror film starring Josh Brolin in the lead role, with support from John Malkovich, Megan Fox, Will Arnett, Michael Fassbender and Michael Shannon. Watch the chat below.
MASTODON had been brought in by director, and former Pixar animator, Jimmy Hayward to collaborate on the score with composer John Powell back in September 2009. However, the reshoots and subsequent reediting meant Powell, who was already booked for Tom Cruise's "Knight and Day" and Doug Liman's Valerie Plame pic "Fair Game", had to leave. "There was no animosity," MASTODON guitarist/vocalist Brent Hinds told New York magazine. "He was just like, 'If you haven’t figured out what you’re doing cinematically, I gotta go.'"
In his place, composer Marco Beltrami ("Repo Men") was hired to work with MASTODON. "All of a sudden, there’s this new guy, who went in a different direction," continues Hinds, who by that point was on a world tour with the band. "And there was no way he could connect with me: They brought all the new scenes to us, but I was on tour this entire time, so I had no time to preconceive what I wanted the movie to sound like. Being so busy ... it's hard to be creative when you're going through the same motions every day [onstage]."