YOUR QUESTION;

08/07/2019 21:44:08 Tyler

Thoughts on this new Tool album talk/the band itself?

MY ANSWER:

Not really. Not a huge fan. Haven’t heard the new one, nor many others, but I’ve seen them live. Sort of watered down Rush in my opinion. Obviously great musicians just not my thing.

Trevor Dunn

YOUR QUESTION:

08/07/2019 21:41:43 Anita

Hi sir! This might be a cliché question, but from what've read you are quite the movie and literature enthusiastic. So my questions are: who are your favorite directors and writers? And does this other artistic expressions affect or inspire your work with music? And did you ever felt the will to experiment with other artistic languages? I know you've wrote the lyrics on Mr Bungle's "Retrovertigo", so I thought maybe yoh liked writing or something. Thank you for your time!

MY ANSWER:

I have many favorite film directors. Tarkovsky, Kazan and Gilliam are three of them, all very different of course. For writers I love Disch, Calvino, Plath and Artaud. All expressions of art affect and inspire my work for sure. Sometimes I intentionally go to the museum or watch an old Twilight Zone for inspiration. I was into drawing at a younger age and have experimented with paper collage. I’ve also done a lot of writing myself— writing lyrics for “songs” preceded being a musician. Aside from several other Bungle tunes I wrote all the lyrics on the MadLove record. I love words.

Trevor Dunn

YOUR QUESTION:

08/07/2019 17:22:54 Sam

Are you familiar with MonoNeon and/or Thundercat? If so, what do you think of their playing?

MY ANSWER:

Those guys are shredders. Not totally my thing, but I have respect for all kinds of skill and dedication.

Trevor Dunn

YOUR QUESTION:

08/07/2019 16:59:56 Bob Anderson

I've a demo cassette copy of OU818. As far as I know it's the real deal. If a pm'd you a picture of it on your Instagram account would you be able to tell if it's the real deal.

Also, I talked to you in Edinburgh after the SFD show. My opinion that Bungle needs to reform to finish the story still stands

MY ANSWER:

By “real deal” you mean not a bootleg copy? Yeah PM me and I might be able to tell. Not sure if it matters since those tapes were just duplicated at some tape plant. Nothing fancy. And thanks for your opinion!

Trevor Dunn

YOUR QUESTION:

08/07/2019 16:56:03 Son Of Ugly

Ma Meeshka Mow Skwoz - Tamboo? Please explain.

MY ANSWER:

Secret language that no one has deciphered yet.

Trevor Dunn

YOUR QUESTION:

08/07/2019 16:46:38Allen

There are many musicians, big and small, who revere the music Mr Bungle made. The fanbase is hardcore and still very active. I'm sure people still ask you all the time about a reunion. Why do you think Mr. Bungle has such a lasting legacy? What drives people to love your band so much?

MY ANSWER:

I have no idea. Bungle fans are a unique lot. Maybe people are attracted to irreverence and independence. Maybe it’s a vicarious relationship. I can’t know for sure. I do believe the luck we had with timing and exposure has something to do with it. We could have easily disappeared into the mire of weirdo bands if it wasn’t for having our logo blasted all over MTV in the pre-social-media age.

Trevor Dunn

YOUR QUESTION:

08/07/2019 16:37:57Andrea

Hi, I'm curious about the MadLove writing process.
Did you started with bass lines, melodies, lyrics in your head?
Were the other band members able to add their ideas in a significant way other than arrangements or did you had the music ready based on who you knew in advanced was going to play it?
Sorry for the length and thanks for taking the time to anwer questions again.

MY ANSWER:

I wrote everything on guitar first and made demos at home. In most cases everything was somewhat riff-oriented and I thought about melodies and bass parts afterwards. The songs were completely finished when we went into the studio but I definitely let Ches, Hilmar and Sunny do their thing. For instance on “Left With Nothing” I told Ches I wanted a drum part, not just a beat. So that’s what he came up with. For “Knowing” I told Sunny I wanted harmonies on everything and she came up with those. I remember Hilmar had some ideas for additional guitar parts on “Absence & Noise”, for example. I think it’s always a good idea to let good musicians surprise you.

Trevor Dunn

YOUR QUESTION:

08/07/2019 16:17:16Rich walker

I was 25 years old when I asked my last question to you, I am now 39 years old, my question is... are questions easier to think up with age? with all serious though Trevor, I am glad your still going and still making music, a true inspiration. Thanks.

MY ANSWER:

The older you get the more questions you have and the less you care about the answers.

Trevor Dunn

YOUR QUESTION:

08/07/2019 15:55:28 Richard

Hello Trevor Been waiting years for this

1. Is there a song you have written that you are most proud of?
2. How did you practice when you first got into Bass?
3. Any plans for another Trio-Convulsant Album?
Thank you and please continue to make amazing music.

MY ANSWER:

1. See previous Q&A
2. My teacher gave me some basic exercise books -Carrol Kaye, Mel Bay, that type of thing- and I practiced all the time. The more I got into it the more I practiced. He also gave me tapes to listen to and I started learning stuff by ear as well as by reading.
3. Yes. I’m expanding the trio by adding a chamber ensemble to it. We’ll see what happens…..

Trevor Dunn

YOUR QUESTION:

08/07/2019 15:43:55Mick

Hey Trevor, just went on this site about a week ago and thought you'd given up on it, glad to see it refurbished and looking good! A question eh... what song do you think is the best one you've written? Feel free to name a few, or insult me instead!

MY ANSWER:

Thanks! That’s a tricky question as I find it difficult to be completely satisfied in my own work. That said, it would probably be something from the MadLove record. I’m still quite fond of “In Love (In Theory)”, “Absence & Noise” and “Knowing”. Also I think the lyrics to “Platypus” are still funny and, of course, historically accurate (aside from the sarcasm).

Trevor Dunn

YOUR QUESTION:

Name: Alex
Does this form work and post to google drive?

MY ANSWER :

Indeed it does.

Trevor Dunn