TAPROOT Collaborate With BILLY CORGAN, DEFTONES' CARPENTER

TAPROOT recently collaborated with former SMASHING PUMPKINS/ZWAN mainman Billy Corgan on material for the group's upcoming third Velvet Hammer/Atlantic album. "We went to meet Billy hoping to learn how to approach songwriting in a new way," drummer Jared Montague told Billboard.com. "We ended up getting about a year's worth of music and life education in a week's time. Billy works amazingly fast. We would show him some ideas we had for a song and immediately he would suggest a couple different things for us to try."

TAPROOT also spent time with DEFTONES guitarist Stephen Carpenter working on ideas the album, which is being produced by Michael Beinhorn. "It was a bit intimidating, as we have enormous respect for the DEFTONES," Montague said. "He came in and we jammed, coming up with a really cool riff which we then built a song around."

The follow-up to 2002's "Welcome", which has sold 408,000 copies in the United States, according to Nielsen SoundScan, is due later in the year.

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