MÖTLEY CRÜE drummer Tommy Lee was interviewed for the cover story in the March 2012 issue of U.K.’s “best-selling drum magazine” Rhythm.
In addition to his touring and recording obligations with the CRÜE, Lee continues to make appearances around the world with his dance-music partner DJ Aero. He also founded the rap-metal band METHODS OF MAYHEM in the 1990s and has pursued other solo musical projects.
When asked if he still loves loves drumming, Lee said, “I do, I still love it! But it’s not my only thing. It’s weird because whereas early on it was my main thing, then I taught myself guitar and I love to sing. Then I started singing background vocals with MÖTLEY and then I was singing all the time and people would say, ‘Hey, man, your voice sounds really good,’ the I’d sing demos for MÖTLEY and bring them in and Vince [Neil, vocals] would sing on the track. I’m constantly evolving as a musician. Drums isn’t my one thing anymore. I love to produce. I love to make tracks, write tracks, produce tracks and I can’t just sit back as a drummer anymore, I have to have my hands on it and say, ‘The guitar should sound like this, the bass should sound like this, this is how the drums should sound, the vocals would be really cool like this, this melody is not so good, let’s try this.’ I just have to touch all of it now. I just know too much!”