Minnesota musician and songwriter Troy Castellano is playing in the music big leagues these days with none other than superstar rocker Tommy Lee. During the winter of 2009 – 2010 Tommy Lee (Motley Crue, Methods of Mayhem) and legendary rock producer Scott Humphrey (Rob Zombie, Motley Crue) started on a quest to make the new Methods of Mayhem album “A Public Disservice Announcement” with the world. As with Tommy’s previous Methods of Mayhem release (1999), he wanted to collaborate on the album with other musicians. On the first M.O.M. album, Tommy worked with music heavy weights such as Kid Rock, Fred Durst, Snoop Dogg, and more. This time around he wanted to collaborate with unknowns from around the globe. With strides in today’s digital home recording and high speed internet, new doors have opened creating the ability for musicians to download, record and upload from home. Giving everyone with a computer and some talent the ability to create and send high quality tracks to others around the world with a click of the mouse.
With that in mind, TPR’s founder, Scott Humphrey and Tommy Lee agreed the time was right to give their idea a real shot. On October 5th of 2009 Tommy and Scott launched thepublicrecord.com (TPR) and posted up the raw tracks (drums, bass, guitar, vocals) for the first of 13 songs for the new M.O.M. album.
Troy described the process of making the album, “The object was for us, musicians from around the world, to download the raw tracks for Tommy Lee’s new M.O.M. sessions from thepublicrecord.com to create and record our own parts for the songs. I’d come up with ideas I liked on the guitar, record them with my home computer, and mix my parts with the rest of the tracks. I would then upload my version of the song to thepublicrecord.com. Each day and night Tommy and Scott would listen to the many audio and video submissions that were coming in and then would hand pick the very best to be used in the song. That was the process, download, record, and upload. What was really cool was Tommy and Scott would do daily videos commenting on the best parts that they received during a given song’s submission period. Soon after I began sending in my parts, I started to see and hear Tommy and Scott talking about my submissions, giving all of us who sent in the best additions to the songs a “shout out” in their daily videos. The first time I heard them talking about me, I got so excited! I couldn’t believe that these big time rock stars were really digging my guitar parts! We did this from October 2009 until late February of 2010. By the time the submission period was over I had received a number of shout outs from Tommy and Scott. It felt so good. A dream come true for me!”
The response was almost overwhelming for Tommy and Scott as they listen to over 10,000 submissions during those 5 months. Scott Humphrey stated, “Tommy and I listened to every single submission and ultimately it was Tommy that had the final say based on what he believed to be best for each song. From there we mixed in all of the new parts that Tommy thought really made the tracks rock. Creating seamless mixes with the best parts from the musicians who collaborated with us from around the world through the internet via thepublicrecord.com”.
Shortly after the album was mixed Troy was in Los Angeles and was able to meet with Tommy and Scott. Troy met Tommy and Scott at Tommy’s home, which also houses Tommy’s studio, The Atrium. The Atrium studio is where thepublicrecord.com was launched and the new M.O.M. album was recorded.
While Troy was there he was treated with a preview of the new M.O.M. album. Troy said “I got to listen to quite a few tracks that night. It blew me away when I heard pieces of my submissions on many of the songs! How cool is that. I’m sitting in Tommy Lee’s studio listening to his new M.O.M. album and I’m on it!” Troy says he’s kind of letting the cat out of the bag here because Tommy has not released a list of collaborators who made the album. “He decided to keep us all in animated suspense until the album comes out in September. I was fortunate enough to be in the right place at the right time to get to hear some it of it before it came out.”
There are others who know they are on the album too. Late this summer there were two singles released from the album. The first track was “The Fight Song” and the second was “Time Bomb”. Although the official release credits have not been disclosed, many of the contributors distinctly heard their parts and knew they were on it. The official release of Methods of Mayhem’s, A Public Disservice Announcement comes out on Roadrunner Records on September 21, 2010.
Since the launch of thepublicrecord.com in October of 2009 it has exploded into an interactive, thriving online recording community that now hosts big name sessions with artists like Rob Zombie, Steve Via, Shooter Jennings, Filter and more. Musicians and fans are directly involved with the actual recording process and have the chance to appear on official worldwide releases. Find out more by visiting www.thepublicrecord.com.
To find out more about Troy Castellano visit www.troycastellano.com. Troy and his band the Troy Castellano Group have an upcoming show at Hell’s Kitchen in Minneapolis October 2nd 2010.