DJ Muggs Tells All: The Stories Behind His Classic Records (Part 1)

Sonic Youth & Cypress Hill "I Love You Mary Jane" (1993)

Album: Judgement Night Soundtrack
Label: Epic Records
DJ Muggs: “Yeah, [The Sonic Youth song stands out more than the Pearl Jam song on the Judgement Night soundtrack]. For the Pearl Jam one, I had sent Stone [Gossard] the beat. We were really close back then. And they recorded it up in Seattle, sent it back, and we put the vocals on it, so [there wasn’t much to it].

“But I got in the studio in New York with Sonic Youth. And I had never been in a studio with a band before. I didn’t know what the fuck I was doing. I knew my drum machine, and that was it. There was no way to learn back then. You had to go to music school. You know, we made collages out of records. We were just some broke kids with a crate of records and a drum machine.

 

I had never been in a studio with a band before. I didn’t know what I was doing. I knew my drum machine, and that was it.

 

“In the middle of the session, I called my manager, like, ‘This ain’t gonna work, man. It ain’t dope.’ But he was like, ‘Just try it. Try and make it cool. Work it out.’ So I recorded the drummer, sampled the drums, and chopped them up. Got the guitar player to play a bunch of shit, and took that one thing, and tried to make it sound more like one of our records. Then Kim [Gordon] killed it with that hook. Then B kicked his thing, and I was like, ‘Alright.’

“A couple hours after that phone conversation, I started getting into it, and started to understand the process of a live band. And they were looking at me like, ‘What the fuck is this guy doing?’ They didn’t have a clue what I was doing. It would’ve been nice if I had actually seen a live band record before. It was all on the spot. But the song was recorded and mixed in one session. It was on the job training, and I was learning, and we did it all in a twelve hour session.”

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