I spoke to Mark Morton about his upcoming solo album (Anesthetic, out 3/1), working with Chester Bennington, the role song writing has played in his life and more.
The recording process forAnestheticwas all over the place. Literally. They recorded everywhere from the Los Angeles area to Baltimore to the Grand Cayman Islands. Some tracks were recorded in studio, others were recorded thousands of miles apart. In some cases, Morton wrote music and lyrics; in others, Morton wrote the music and the vocalist wrote the lyrics. He cast a wide net for all-star collaborators. And almost everyone said yes: Mark Lanegan(Screaming Trees), Josh Todd(Buckcherry), SteveGormanand Marc Ford(Black Crowes), Mike Inez(Alice in Chains), Ray Luzier(Korn), Roy Mayorga(Stone Sour), Dave Ellefson(Megadeth), Chuck Billy(Testament), Myles Kennedy(Alter Bridge), Alissa White-Gluz (Arch Enemy), Jacoby Shaddix (Papa Roach), Jean-Paul Gaster (Clutch), Jake Oni (ONI). Randy Blythe makes an appearance, and Morton even takes over vocal duties on one track.