Muse reveal inspiration behind funky new sound

It's to do with a certain city

Muse have revealed that DJing in New York was the inspiration for their new-found funkiness on current LP ‘Black Holes And Revelations’.

The first single from the LP, ‘Supermassive Black Hole’, has been lauded for its’ groove. And the band were only too happy to admit to NME what inspired it.

Frontman Matt Bellamy said: “Going to New York tightened everything up. It got us more groove orientated. I don’t know if that was the vibe of the city or what.”

“It was a vibe thing,” added drummer Dominic Howard. “We found loads of positivity in New York. It’s so fast and so busy, and it’s hard to feel so dark about stuff when you’re surrounded by thousands and thousands of people. We started going out to clubs and hanging out with friends and dancing.”

Bellamy even took time out from the recording schedule to do a spot of DJing.

“I got a little too into it,” he admitted. “I didn’t really know how to use the mixer properly, yet there was this moment where I was playing Depeche Mode, with a fag in my mouth, and people were asking what the tune I was play was. I was like, ‘Yeah, this is what DJing is about.”

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