Pop/rock band Thirty Seconds To Mars recently participated in an exclusive interview with GRAMMY.com. Ahead of the 86th Academy Awards on March 2 — for which Leto is up for Actor in a Supporting Role — the actor/frontman and his bandmates discussed the making of their latest album, Love Lust Faith + Dreams, the state of the music industry and the importance of their award-winning documentary Artifact, among other topics.
"I think Artifact should be shown at every music school [and] it should be shown at every record company," said Leto. "It's a very unique and intimate look into the relationship between art and commerce, and one band's struggle with an industry."
Thirty Seconds To Mars — comprising Jared Leto (vocals), Shannon Leto (drums) and Tomo Milicevic (guitars) — were formed by the Leto brothers in 1998 in Los Angeles. In 2002 the trio released their self-titled debut album, which topped Billboard's Heatseekers chart. Their sophomore effort, 2005's A Beautiful Lie, peaked at No. 36 on the Billboard 200 and featured the hits "The Kill (Bury Me)" and "From Yesterday."
In 2009 Thirty Seconds To Mars released their third album, This Is War. The album's title was partly inspired by the group's legal battle with record label EMI, which is documented in Artifact. Released in 2012, Artifact garnered numerous accolades, including the People's Choice Award (Documentary) at the 2012 Toronto International Film Festival. Co-produced by Jared Leto and GRAMMY-winning producer Steve Lillywhite (U2), Thirty Seconds To Mars' most recent album, 2013's Love Lust Faith + Dreams, peaked at No. 6 on the Billboard 200.
Jared Leto, who first gained fame in 1994 portraying Jordan Catalano on the TV series "My So-Called Life," is currently nominated for an Academy Award for Actor in a Supporting Role for his role in the 2013 Oscar-nominated film, Dallas Buyers Club.
On Jan. 22 Leto was a participant in GRAMMY Connect — Where Music & Tech Collide, a GRAMMY Week event highlighting the intersection of music and technology.
Thirty Seconds To Mars are currently in the midst of an international tour, with dates scheduled through July.