September 18, 2012
In Artifact, the 30 Seconds to Mars documentary about their legal battle with EMI Music for financial disagreements, Mexico has a supporting role.
In the world premiere of the 105 minute film, directed by Jared under his filmmaker nickname or alter ego, Bartholomew Cubbins, the band refers to Mexico as an oasis and a break in the middle of the pitched battle they held with the transnational company for more than 120 days.
“It was impossible not to mention Mexico, one of our favorite countries” Jared said.
“It’s our favorite, right?” Interrupted his brother, Shannon, in an exclusive interview.
“Well, yes, it’s a great country.”
We’ve been treated in a wonderful way, we have great fans there and we are happy to go back every time. We are always getting an amazing, indescribable adrenaline from Mexicans” the Requiem for a Dream and Mr. Nobody star said.
In the film, very few days after the band formed in 1998 in Los Angeles is notified of their legal status, about four years ago, youngest Leto says the only good news they were given back in the day was that they had been nominated for the MTV Latinamerican Awards, so they jumped for joy and immediately agreed to join the show.
They travel to Guadalajara, where they are awarded La Lengua (The Tongue) for Best International Rock Artist at Auditorio Telmex, and we can see some scenes of the press conference as well as some scenes of their journey between the airport, hotel and venue.
In fact, many scenes take place at Quinta Real hotel, located in Avenida Mexico, in La Perla Tapatia, where Jared plays the piano in his suite and hums some of the songs that he’s been writing in the process, many of them made it to the final cut of This Is War, the album talking about this battle.
And we can see a giant Mexican flag for a few seconds.
“I think we all were very pleased with the result, because it’s a material that works as a perfect example for new bands looking to start a music career and thinking that a record label can make their dream come true.”
“We talk about numbers, contracts, people who are there just to get benefit for themselves, on top of the company, leading an obsolete business model, no longer working with the new system implemented by technology.” the frontman of the band, completed by Tomo Milicevic, said.
Before friday midnight, the rock pop band musicians attended the premiere at the Ryerson Theatre, in Toronto, where America’s most important film festival takes place every year.
“There’s nothing we regret about this material. Actually, we are delivering a truthful, real document about a company that’s only interested in making money, business and doesn’t care about people working with them and much less in helping an artist who doesn’t sell too many albums grow.” Shannon said.
Artifact is still waiting for a release date in the United States and Mexico, because, according to Jared, the film needs some editing and its still looking for purchase, sale and distribution.
And they are releasing a new album… through EMI
Even when it’s ironic, 30 Seconds To Mars is working on their fourth studio album, probably out in november or february.
“We are working on the new album and we are not in a hurry, we got a contract with EMI, and yes, it’s coming out through them. It sounds weird, but it really isn’t. We made a deal, as everybody knows, and we must keep it. There are new people, new executives, everything has changed.
“We believe the new album can make a big impact, we want to still be there with our fans and for our fans, we owe them everything” Jared Leto said.
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