We caught up with Metallica bassist Robert Trujillo at the South By Southwest Music Conference & Festival in Austin, Texas, during Thursday’s (March 20) annual Recording Academy Grammy Block Party on the rear lawn of the Four Seasons Hotel.
Trujillo is in town showing his Jaco documentary about the late bassist Jaco Pastorious.” “It’s coming together, finally, after five years of hard work,” said Trujillo, adding that the film has been accepted at upcoming festivals in Asbury Park and Buenos Aires, while a companion soundtrack album is still being planned for when Jaco gets wide distribution.
Pushing Jaco isn’t Trujillo’s only work this week, however; he was in Austin on Tuesday, flew back to San Francisco to work on new material with Metallica on Wednesday and returned to Texas on Thursday. “We’ll be going in to record for real soon,” Trujillo said of making Metallica’s follow-up to 2008’s “Death Magnetic.”
Gary Graff is an award-winning music journalist who not only covers music but has written books on Bob Seger, Neil Young and Bruce Springsteen.