Star Apps: Matt Sorum

When I told friends that I was interviewing in-demand drummer Matt Sorum, I kept getting the same response: “Find out what he’s actually like.” The stick master is best known for keeping the beat for the Cult, Guns N’ Roses, and Velvet Revolver, but he shows his softer side on his second solo album, “Stratosphere,” out February 25 under the moniker Matt Sorum’s Fierce Joy. The follow-up to 2004′s “Hollywood Zen” is a highly personal, orchestrated acoustic album. Sorum writes about the important things in life, like family and environmental and animal activism, and he nods to inspirations David Bowie and Nick Drake in two of my favorite tracks, “What Ziggy Says” and “Ode to Nick Drake.”

Drummer Matt Sorum comes out from behind the drum kit on ‘Stratosphere.’

(Credit: Eric Hobbs)

Download.com chatted with the Rock and Roll Hall of Famer about “Stratosphere,” his transition from drummer to frontman and from addict to activist, and his favorite mobile apps.

You released your first solo disc, “Hollywood Zen,” a decade ago. How is “Stratosphere” different? I had never really done anything on my own, especially being in a band my whole life, so I was really in fear of going for it on my own, the first time around. But I think it’s much more my album than the first album. I completely produced this album, myself, so it was a very gratifying, cathartic experience. I think I’ve come a long way as … [Read more]

    







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