Proving that he can bang beats as well as he bang drums, Motley Crue drummer Tommy Lee has teamed up with DJ Aero to form a DJ duo like no other. Aero spins the tunes and Tommy applies the effects while doing the visuals. Currently on the Electro Mayhem world tour, the rocking duo is bringing their filthy electro sounds to a debaucherous party at a club near you.
DJ Ron Slomowicz: How did the two of you meet up?
DJ Aero: We met at the beginning of the Methods of Mayhem tour.
RS: Tommy, how do you go from heavy metal to heavy dance?
Tommy Lee: I've always loved electronic music, whether it's incorporating that within a song or a drum solo or whatever. I haven't really gone from anything to anything - it's always been in my blood.
RS: So when you two perform, do you tag team on two sets of CD decks?
DJ Aero: Basically what happens is I handle the audio portion of the mix and Tommy affects that audio with his computer, and then he also spins on DV-Js with DVDs for the visuals.
RS: Where do you find your visuals?
Tommy Lee: You know what, it just depends. I try to find whatever fits the audio we're playing. We've got everything from disgusting filthiness to the most beautiful images you've ever seen in your life to underwater stuff to whatever goes with the music. I'm there to compliment and accentuate what's going on audio-wise.
RS: How would you describe the sound of the music, Aero?
DJ Aero: The sound of the music that we play is disgusting - filthy, filthy, filthy analogue baselines with heavy beats and to be honest, it's the sound of 2008 and beyond.
RS: Who are some of your favorite DJs?
Tommy Lee: I love Justice and Soulwax. Adam Freeland is a friend of mine who I just played drums for. I also love deadmau5 aka Joel Zimmerman.
DJ Aero: a/k/a Filthy White Boy.
Tommy Lee: By the way, deadmau5, Aero and I are going into the studio for about five days to finish the stuff that we've been working on, so in the New Year you're going to hear some new, badass, sexy, dirty music coming up.
RS: What do you call your sound? Is it like vocal-based music, is
DJ Aero: It's electronic-based, that's the way I would describe it.