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Interview:
N.A.S.A. founder launches new musical project, Maximum Hedrum
 

By GARY GRAFF
@graffonmusic, Facebook.com/Gary Graff on Music

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Sam Spiegel and the Yeah Yeah Yeahs go way back. He produced the trio's 2006 album "Show Your Bones" and collaborated with the group on the 2011 theater piece "Stop the Virgens." [cq]

So touring with the YYYs seems like a perfect fit for Spiegel to launch his latest musical project, Maximum Hedrum.

"Yeah, it's really fun," says Siegel, 33, a producer, songwriter and DJ who's also a prolific film composer and also works with Brazilian DJ Zegon as N.A.S.A. "I mean, not only have I worked with (the YYYs) for a long time, but they're also really good friends, and I've never actually toured with them.

"So it's really fun to be on the road with them. They're awesome."

Spiegel created Maximum Hedrum, which released its debut album in March, during 2012 with Sepultura singer Derrick Green and German producer Harold Faltermeyer, who co-wrote Bob Seger's Academy Award-nominated "Shakedown." The first single, "Keep In Touch" features vocals by George Clinton, but mostly Spiegel and company kept the guest list minimal to keep the musical tenor "introverted."

"I had the idea to do a record about technology and feeling isolated by it," explains Spiegel, who plans to release more material from the Max Hedrum sessions and is also working on a new mixtape and album from N.A.S.A. "I bring all this technology together when I work, but at the same time it's very kind of isolating and lonely, the way technology has us communicating on the Internet and everything.

"It just seemed like the right album to make at this time, and it's seemed to connect with the way a lot of people are feeling now."

Maximum Hedrum performs with the Yeah Yeah Yeahs on Friday, June 28, at the Fillmore Detroit, 2115 Woodward Ave. Doors open at 7 p.m. Tickets are $30-$45. Call 313-961-5451 or visit www.livenation.com.

Web Site: www.livenation.com

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