Interview with Mikkey Dee: The Problem With Motorhead

I would imagine you’d have some idea of how to deal with each other in the studio.

Absolutely. The good part is that we’re on the same level in trying to move forward Motörhead in small steps, not in big steps. We don’t want to do any 180 or 360 degree turns here. We like to just make a new Motörhead record that sounds like Motörhead, but of course it’s fresh. New songs and a slightly different direction, maybe, than what the previous album was. I think we managed to do that. I think we did that throughout the ‘90s, we released great albums with a slightly different touch every time instead of doing the huge turn.

Well, it’s difficult having such an identifiable sound and trying to change it.

That’s the hardest part. Like we are, all three are on the same level, it does make it kind of easier. We kind of know as you said, where we have each other, and we do as good as we can, you know.

I would venture to say this has some of the longer solos I have ever heard, and the tempos are a little slower then what I’m used to.

That is what I mean with when I’ve done some other interviews, I see this album as a much wider album. If you compare this to an album we did called We Are Motörhead, in 2000, where every song was 250 miles per hour, and the same type of song, it was a great record, and it was loved in Europe. It was stone hard. But I believe that we can do hard songs without doing 200 miles per hour tempos. And this album has fast songs, midtempo songs, downtempo songs, shuffles, one rock 12-bar song, even a power ballad. To me, this album seems to live a little bit longer.

Most people have a very close-minded idea of what Motörhead can do.

Yeah. The song that’s out now for WWE is a typical Motörhead song, I’d say. ‘Rock Out.’ Right there, you hear, it’s just an uptempo blaster. There’s a few of those on the record. I personally prefer an album in this direction. Maybe next album will be a little more uptempo, you never know.