NICK MENZA documentary is being edited, says former MEGADETH bassist DAVID ELLEFSON
In September 2021, Screaming Butterfly Entertainment announced a partnership with former MEGADETH bass player David Ellefson and his Ellefson Movies on the next feature documentary “It Was My Life: The Nick Menza Story”. Ellefson signed on as the film’s co-producer, and will also provide narration to guide the viewer through the exploration of the ending MEGADETH drummer’s life. The “It was my life” soundtrack will consist of eight or nine songs built around pseudounearthed and unheard of drum riffs that Menza recorded for a project he started working on between 2013 and 2015. Ellefson played bass on a few of the tracks and is also an executive producer on the project.
Asked in a new interview with Dr Music what is the status of Menza the documentary is right now, Ellefson said (as transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET): “We’re editing the video component of this now, so the film part is being edited. The soundtrack, in fact, almost daily, we’re still [touching up] some stuff, trying to finish the last two songs, because we have great music here. And I’m tryna wrap this up, so we can get the soundtrack [completed].”
He continued, “I didn’t want to commit to saying, ‘We have 15 songs [for the soundtrack],’ because what if we only get five that are awesome? Or why say five if you get 15? So I said, ‘Let it flow. Let’s see what we offer. Let’s see who the collaborators are. ‘Cause again we want to hear pseudo to play. What I like about the soundtrack is that there’s pseudo stuff he… i was surprised how much stuff he did after MEGADETH. There was some modern stuff, almost industrial kind of stuff he had that was available. So there were a lot of other things. And then, of course, there’s just good old Nick wide open in the room, the room mics tapping on the ride cymbal, playing like we’d have known it from the MEGADETH days – this type of game, some tracks he had that were available. “
Ellefson added: “My idea was: ‘Let’s collaborate around pseudo, since he is not with us. We’ll take a few tracks that were available and we could use them and then compose around that. And as I told people, I said, ‘Look, we could chop them up. It doesn’t have to be exactly as it is. We can cut it out. We can do things with digital and analog technology. And write a song, and write a song good song. Let’s do something good. I haven’t played on everything; I played on a few things. It doesn’t have to be just about me and pseudo. It is pseudo and his thing. And we’ll get the money out of it – any of the co-writes; pseudo is a co-author of all of this – this way the money goes back to his family and children. And it’s a great way to send something back to the family.”
Menzawho was a member of MEGADETH from 1989 to 1998 and appeared on four of the band’s studio albums, suffered a heart attack and collapsed during a concert with Chris Poland and Robertino “Pag” Pagliari in their group OHM: in May 2016 at the Baked Potato in Studio City, California, and was pronounced dead upon arrival at the hospital. The Los Angeles County Medical Examiner-Coroner’s Department said Menza died of hypertensive and atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease.
“It was my life” will be the very first film to commemorate Menzalegacy and celebrating his life exactly as it was. It is described in a press release as “an unflinching exploration into the life of one of the most successful thrash metal drummers of all time, authorized by the Menza family. From his childhood to the end of his life, including a true blow-by-blow account of the classic’s repeated failed attempts ‘Rust in Peace’ line up.”
“It was my life” will feature rare and never-before-seen photos and video footage of pseudoThe collection of archived VHS tapes from , personally filmed by Menza himself from 1988 to 1991. Included will be exclusive content featuring pseudo working in the studio, making personal movies at home, spending casual time and partying with his fellow band members, as well as other well-known artists of the time who pseudo shot with.
The film’s cover photo was taken by the Los Angeles music photographer Alex Solca and designed by a Brazilian art designer Alcide burns of Engrave works of art.