Metallica influenced EDM?

  • Bang Showbiz
  • 26 September 2013
Metallica's Kirk Hammett and Robert Trujillo

Metallica's Kirk Hammett and Robert Trujillo

Metallica hope they have influenced dance music with the fast and hard heavy metal style they developed in the 80s

Metallica hope they have influenced dance music.

The 'Creeping Death' band are known for pioneering the thrash metal genre and were one of the fastest bands around in the early 80s, which they think may have influenced the bass-heavy, fast paced Electronic Dance music [EDM] which is around today.

Guitarist Kirk Hammett told "I'm wondering if our music had an influence on that because at one point Metallica was the fastest band in the land, the fastest band in the music industry. In EDM the beats are really fast and I wonder if people have been influenced by us, the people making the dance music."

Bass player Robert Trujillo added he is a huge fan of the groundbreaking British electronic artist Squarepusher, aka Tom Jenkins.

He said: "I'm a big fan of Squarepusher, and I don't know if that even qualifies, but I like drum 'n' bass and I like when people push the envelope and incorporate other styles I love what [Squarepusher's] doing with jazz rhythms and funk rhythms and basslines, it adds kind of a punk presence too - that stuff is mad, insane."

Drummer Lars Ulrich was convinced the first time he saw the EDM scene's main figure, Skrillex, perform live.

He said: "I went and saw Skrillex at a festival in San Francisco a couple of years ago and was absolutely blown away, not just by what he was delivering but the whole experience and seeing 30,000 odd 14-year-old kids going f***ing ape***t."

Metallica's 'Through the Never' concert movie is released on October 4.


Chart-topping metal behemoths on a world wide tour following the release of their latest album Hardwired…To Self-Destruct.

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