METALLICA bassist Robert Trujillo recently spoke to Soundworks Collection about the documentary he's producing about the late, pioneering electric bass player Jaco Pastorius. You can now listen to the chat using the SoundCloud widget below.
Trujillo told LA Weekly that "Jaco - A Documentary Film" has already cost him a lot of money out of his own pocket. Trujillo revealed: "When you are trying to do it right, it's costly. I've been a part of this film for five years. I've spent a huge chunk of money. It's great because I feel it needs to be done, but I have [other] responsibilities, too."
Trujillo explained that just because he is a member of METALLICA, that doesn't give him access to unlimited funds, saying, "People don't understand. I didn't write [METALLICA's huge hit] 'Enter Sandman'. It's a little different for me."
The Pulse Of Radio asked Trujillo how close the film was to being finished. "I would say we're moving towards a final edit, but at the moment we are at about 110 minutes, you know," he said. "We'd like to curtail that a bit but it's kind of difficult because if you were really gonna tell the ultimate Jaco Pastorius story and share it with the universe, it would be a nine-hour series."
Trujillo recently launched a PledgeMusic campaign to raise the last batch of funds needed to complete production on the documentary.
Contributors to the PledgeMusic fund can purchase a variety of items for their money, including bass lessons with Trujillo, signed DVDs of the film and a replica of Pastorius' "bass of doom."
"Jaco - A Documentary Film" tells the story of the electric bass pioneer through interviews with family, friends and fellow musicians such as Flea, Joni Mitchell, Sting, Wayne Shorter, Herbie Hancock, Geddy Lee, Bootsy Collins and Carlos Santana. Trujillo has been working on the project for nearly five years.
Pastorius was a self-taught, larger-than-life musician who made almost mythical impact on music and reinvented the electric bass, giving it both edge and beauty.