Interview with Beatallica’s Jaymz and Krk

Just before the $ony hit the fan, Jaymz Lennfield and Krk Hammettson of Beatallica were kind enough to spend a little time answering some questions about Beatallica, being Axe Gods and being regular guys with regular jobs doing creative stuff that the whole world is enjoying. Here’s a snippet:

Krk: The very best way to PRODUCE something creatively is to BE YOURSELF! I’ve tried numerous times to write something I think will please others, or will stand up to something someone else has done before, and although it’s fine and okay, it falls wayyyy short of what I create when it is for me, by me, and about me.

The interview is over here, in the Beatallica section of the Spotlight. Enjoy!

Thanks to Josh for some of the pics, and thanks to Krk and Jaymz for taking a break from saying "Actually, Lars is on *our* side." for the hundredth time. Want to support the boys in their fight against $ony? Click here to find out how.

Boing Boing: America’s dumbest laws to be violated all summer long

Boing Boing: America’s dumbest laws to be violated all summer long: “Two British students have researched America’s stupidest laws and are spending this summer travelling from state to state, violating them.”

Slashdot | Fan Group Creates Full-Length Discworld Movie

Slashdot | Fan Group Creates Full-Length Discworld Movie: “a group of Terry Pratchett fans from Germany, recently finished a 9-month filming stint on a full-length dramatisation of pterry’s novel ‘Lords and Ladies.’ A grand total of 300 euros were spent on this production, and all profits from this fan movie will go to the Orangutan Foundation.”

Boing Boing: shut down, more Sony nastygrams fly

Boing Boing: shut down, more Sony nastygrams fly: “ has been taken down by our ISP”

We love Beatallica – they do creative stuff and share it freely with the world. Just as we like. Sony, on the other hand, are trying to close them down for reworking music they own rights over. They seem to have forgotten the small matter of protection for parody under US law. Either that or they’ve remembered that it doesn’t matter who is in the right, just who can afford the best lawyers. They’re kicking up the kind of bad press over this that a popular consumer electronics comany could really do without, though. Let’s hope this upsets their shareholders.

Anyway, Sam set up a petition to ask Sony to drop the whole thing, so go sign it. Boing Boing are being great – Xeni is posting all the latest on this, which is really helping to get the word out there – thanks, Xeni.

Beatallica’s own site is down at the moment, due to Sony’s actions, but their music is still being hosted in a few places.