October 6, 2000 9:00

WHO'S BAD?!

In all seriousness, [a]Alec Empire[/a] claims [b]'Thriller'[/b] is "like a reflection of society"...

WHO'S BAD?!
Atari Teenage Riot mainman Alec Empire has revealed that one of the few artists he would still like to work with is Michael Jackson.

Speaking to nme.com, the Digital Hardcore supremo, who has collaborated with Rage Against The Machine guitarist Tom Morello on forthcoming ATR single 'Rage', said:

"I'd love to work with Michael Jackson. That is not a joke. This year I've got more and more into the 'Thriller' album, because I think that it's amazing how far a human being goes. I hope that when people have more of a distance from it they will have more of an understanding - it's like a reflection of society, his work." Empire added that the Morello collaboration, a coming-together that has resulted in ATR's most radio-friendly single ever, was organised while the two acts toured the US together earlier this year. He went on:

"Rage Against The Machine are one of the only bands that we can really relate to. There are so few bands in the underground that have the same kind of ideology or share the same idea of politics that we have. I think they really get through to a lot of people, and what they do with the message makes a lot of sense, even if I don't agree with everything they say.

"Also, I wanted to hear what he [Morello] does outside of the band - because I think he's able to create a lot of sounds and noises with the guitar that I think is really interesting."

'Rage' is released through Digital Hardcore Recordings on November 6. The interview with Alec Empire will be broadcast in full on nme.com in the coming weeks.

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