Interview: Nick Oliveri of Mondo Generator

posted July 18, 2007

by Corinne

Nick Oliveri of Mondo GeneratorHow are you?

Good.

Mondo Generator has a spot on the upcoming Ozzfest tour this summer. How did the band get involved in the festival?

We were asked to do it and we said yes.

When Queens of the Stone Age played Ozzfest back in 2000, it was reported that the audience response was not the greatest and the band was not enjoying the tour. What are you feelings about returning to the tour?

We had a great time on the tour even though people didn’t know us.

The newest Mondo Generator album, “Dead Planet” came out last year in the UK and comes out in July in the States. What took so long?

It comes out today. We didn’t have a U.S. record deal and we were touring Europe at that time.

“Dead Planet” has some of the edge of “Cocaine Rodeo” with the focus of “A Drug Problem That Never Existed.” Are you happy with the way “Dead Planet” turned out?

Yes, I am.

Your friend, and sometime PlugInMusic.com contributor, Blag Dahlia told me that working with you on “A Drug Problem That Never Existed” was like “watching a speed freak kill himself on my dime.” You two have worked together on and off for years. How would you describe your partnership?

Blag showed up twice and slept through Mark Lanagen [sic] singing “4 Corners,” which was the highlight of recording.

Once the Ozzfest tour dates wrap up, what can we expect next from Nick Oliveri & Mondo Generator?

Touring with Turbonegro in the U.S.

You released a solo acoustic album, do you have plans to do another solo album in the future?

No.

There was talk a while ago of you forming your own record label, Tornado Records. What’s happening with that?

I did form one and I wasn’t good at running a label.

Who are some underrated bands that you think deserves more attention?

Moistboys, Scum, Like Hell.

What have you been listening to recently?

Moistboys, Scum, Like Hell.

If you could have written any song, what song do you wish you had written and why?

“Speed Demon” by The Dwarves – perfect song writing.

Anything you would like to add?

Thank you.

Thanks for your time!