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Tom Morello Masters “We Are The 99%” With Paul Grundman

Free Single Celebrates Anniversary of “Occupy Wall Street”

Pictured at Bernie Grundman Mastering in Hollywood are (L-R) mixer Ryan Williams, Tom Morello, and mastering engineer Paul Grundman. Photo by David Goggin.

Tom Morello has mastered “We Are The 99%” at Bernie Grundman Mastering with mastering engineer Paul Grundman. Morello and Tim McIlrath of Rise Against the Machine, and Serj Tankian of System of a Down released the new song celebrating the recent one-year anniversary of Occupy Wall Street . “We Are The 99%” was produced by Tom Morello and written by Morello, Tim McIlrath and Anne Preven. It is now available for free download at

Tom Morello commented, “‘We Are The 99%’ is a song inspired by the global Occupy movement. I wanted to capture the excitement and energy of people fighting for change and make sure the song was free to anyone who wants it. Tim McIlrath and Serj Tankian lent their amazing talents to the song and we incorporated chants from the original Occupy Wall Street encampment in Zuccotti Park as well. It’s my hope that songs like this will provide a rocking soundtrack for those who have a vision of a more just planet and strengthen their resolve to fight on.”

In 2002 Tom Morello and Serj Tankian of System of A Down formed Axis of Justice. The organization’s purpose is to bring together musicians, music fans, and grassroots political organizations to fight for social justice.

“Ryan Williams was very generous with his time mixing the song at such short notice,” added Morello. “A number of my albums have been mastered here at Bernie’s in the past, and his son Paul did a great job mastering this song for a great cause. I am very appreciative of everyone who pitched in.”

“We Are The 99%”:
-Written by Tom Morello, Tim McIlrath, Anne Preven
-Performed by Tom Morello (Vocals, Guitar), Tim McIlrath (Vocals), Serj Tankian (Vocals), Occupy Wall Street (Vocals), The Freedom Fighter Orchestra: Carl Restivo (Guitar, Backing Vocals), Dave Gibbs (Bass, Backing Vocals), Eric Gardner (Drums), Anne Preven (Background Vocals)
-Produced by Tom Morello at Veritas Studios, Los Angeles, CA. Tim McIlrath vocals produced by Bill Stevenson & Jon Dunleavy.
-Engineered by Kevin Mills
-Mixed By Ryan Williams
-Mastered by Paul Grundman

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