Tom Morello says a Kanye West brag inspired him to record guitars on his phone

Tom Morello
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Tom Morello has revealed the unlikely story of how Kanye West inspired the creation of his new album, The Atlas Underground Fire.

Speaking to Loudwire host Toni Gonzalez in a video interview (see below), Morello explained the origins of the new record, which saw him collaborate with artists from across the rock spectrum and beyond, with rapid-fire phone demos. 

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Matt Parker
Features Editor,

Matt is Features Editor for Before that he spent 10 years as a freelance music journalist, interviewing artists for the likes of Total Guitar, Guitarist, Guitar World, MusicRadar,, DJ Mag and Electronic Sound. In 2020, he launched, which aims to share the ideas that make creative lifestyles more sustainable. He plays guitar, but should not be allowed near your delay pedals.