Mario C: ‘There’s more Beastie Boys material’

Beasties right hand man confirms there’s more songs in the vault yet to be heard

Producer Mario C, who worked on four of the Beastie Boys albums from the 1990s, has said there is plenty of material left in the band’s vault that could be released in future following the death of Adam ‘MCA’ Yauch last month.

Mario C, real name Mario Caldato Jr, was the Beastie Boys’ right hand man for 1989’s ‘Paul’s Boutique’, 1992’s ‘Check Your Head’, 1994’s ‘Ill Communication’ and 1998’s ‘Hello Nasty’. He also performed with the band, doing front of house mixing on tour, and is immortalized in the lyric, “Mario C likes to keep it clean” from ‘Intergalactic’.

Interviewed in this week’s NME, which is available on newsstands or digitally now, Mario C says that he has a stash of tracks which could see the light of day in future: “There’s a handful of extra stuff from each record apart from ‘Paul’s Boutique’,” he says. “I actually went through it all recently and checked out a few things that weren’t used for ‘Hello Nasty’ and there’s definitely two or three tracks that didn’t get utilized that could be utilised.”

However, he says it’s unlikely anything would be released in the near future: “We’ll take it slowly. No-one’s thinking of doing anything right away. It’s too soon.”

Mike D has previously said that the trio had recorded with Yauch shortly before he died last month after a prolonged battle with cancer. Speaking of that recording session, Caldato said: “The guys told me that he wanted to record. So they hung out and did what they used to do – just lay it down and have fun.”

To read the full interview with Mario C, pick up a copy of this week’s NME, which is on newsstands or available digitally now.