Lars Ulrich looked back on his life story in a new interview, some of which was caught on video. “When music took over [my life], I felt like I was in the wrong place at the right time,” he says with a laugh. “L.A. is part of [Metallica‘s] story, and L.A. helped shape who we were but more for the wrong reasons.”
The drummer goes on to explain in the clip, which arrives via Humanity magazine, that all of his influences at the time came from England and its punk-influenced New Wave of British Heavy Metal scene. “There was none of that going on in L.A. in 1980, ’81, ’82,” he says, laughing. “That was when hair metal and the Mötley Crües of the world – no disrespect – were ruling the roost. … We were misfits, outcasts. We didn’t belong.”
Elsewhere in the clip, Ulrich discusses how he and James Hetfield grew up in equal measure and how the two of them becoming fathers around the same time as each other strengthened their bonds.
The video accompanies an Ulrich profile that will also run in the issue of Humanity that comes out in July. He discusses his childhood in Denmark, his early tennis career, the ways that art and film inspire him creatively more than music now and Metallica’s upcoming LP, which he says will likely come out this fall and will be “less frenetic” than its 2008 predecessor Death Magnetic.
One of the more interesting turns in the interview is how Ulrich praises Kanye West for frequently updating The Life of Pablo. “You sit there and look at Kanye and it’s kind of weirdly interesting, the thing that he’s doing where he’s making his music available and then taking it down two weeks later and putting it back a month later in a newer version,” the drummer said. “That’s kind of crazy. It’s almost like a public work in progress. That’s kind of cool. I’m not saying that’s what we’re going to do, but I admire it.”