MEGADETH's DAVE MUSTAINE: What Motivated Me To Create My Own Sound And Style

February 4, 2015

Peter Hodgson of Seymour Duncan conducted an interview with MEGADETH mainman Dave Mustaine at last month's NAMM show in Anaheim, California. You can now watch the chat below.

Asked what motivated him to create his own sound and style of guitar playing, Mustaine said: "Well, it's kind of like having someone slam your hand in the door of a car. You can either sit there and do nothing and accept the pain, or you can open the door and go up there and kick that guy's ass. And that's basically what motivated me to play guitar. There was a lot of things in my life I didn't like. I was getting picked on as a kid, and I was able to express myself through the guitar. Because, when you're 13, and you're strawberry blond, and you're skinny, and you're freckle-faced, and you're going to a school where everybody's a surfer and stuff like that, you get picked on. And when you get picked on long enough, you either start doing something that's gonna help you defend yourself, which is when I started martial arts, or you do something that helps you raise your value to the people around you. Which, for me, I had gone to a bunch of keg parties keg parties — you know, keggers and beer and shit — and there was people playing there, and I was, like, 'Wow! Everybody loves these guys. Because he's got a guitar.' And that's when I started playing. I was 13."

MEGADETH has yet to announce replacements for drummer Shawn Drover and guitarist Chris Broderick, who quit the band last year.

Only hours after Shawn Drover announced his exit from MEGADETH on November 25, 2014 to "to pursue [his] own musical interests," Broderick revealed he also quit the legendary metal band, saying that he was leaving the group "due to artistic and musical differences."

Broderick joined MEGADETH in late 2007 as the replacement for Glen Drover, who left the group in order to focus on family life.

Shawn joined MEGADETH in 2004 as the replacement for Nick Menza, who had only just rejoined the group. Drover performed on four MEGADETH studio records: 2007's "United Abominations", 2009's "Endgame", 2011's "TH1RT3EN" and 2013's "Super Collider".

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