Everyone has a few skeletons in their closet, but my closet happens to be getting pretty full. It’s hard to try to contain the skeletons, to hold back the things I’ve done in the past, especially when there’s still interest today. If a skeleton wants to see the light of day, why not let it come out of the closet?
As the latest addition to Austin Daze, I am willing to let my skeletons find the light. No longer surpressing the past, I’ll give you, the readers, a little glimpse into some of the people I’ve interviewed and the things I’ve done, places I’ve seen. From touring the country on Ozzfest ! as a Harley Girl to interviewing people such as The Doobie Brothers and Pat Sajak (from the Wheel of Fortune), my skeletons are scratching at the door of my closet, waiting to wrech havoc once again. Like one of the many bones in my body, each hold a tiny part of my existence.
This issue, we shall start with an interview from Static-X that I did way back in 2001. These questions and information are timeless. The fact that they just released a new album only strengthens the fact that this skeleton wants to be released from my closet, for a skeleton does not necessarily imply death…
MW: Who would you say has the coolest tattoo or piercing in the band, and what is it?
WS: I think only two of us have tattoos, Tony and Ken. I like Tony’s cross! On his arm, because when he holds his arm up, it looks like an upside-down cross. I think only Ken and I have piercings. I have my nose double pierced, which is more than most people I guess. We’re not like a big body mutilation kind of band
MW: How was Tripp chosen as a replacement for Fukuda?
WS: There was no choice. It was really easy. As soon as Fukuda quit, Tripp came to mind. It just so happened that he was leaving Dope at the same time, so we didn’t need to hold any audition or anything. It worked out nice.
MW: What do you feel is the most important thing that Tripp adds to Static-X?
WS: Let’s see. The most important thing, I think, is that he spends more time on his hair than me. So, I don’t look that bad anymore. The guys in the band make fun of him as much as they do me.
MW: If you could pl ay one show with any musician or band, dead or alive, who would it be with and in what location?
WS: We’ve played with almost everyone we’ve set out to play with. The one band would be Kiss and the location would be The Gorge in the state of Washington. It is the most beautiful venue in the world.
MW: How did you “get discovered”?
WS: Well, it’s one of those things that didn’t happen over night. We were playing clubs in LA, and an intern from our now management company saw us. She brought a tape to current manager, and that was the beginning of it actually. They brought labels to us, we decided on Warner Brothers and it’s just been a slow, steady, build from there.
MW: What was your reaction when you found out that Wisconsin Death Trip went platinum?
WS: Mmmm, I thought “wow, look, now I get another plaque to hang on my wall.” It takes so long to get there that by the time you’re there, it’s like nothing. We’ve been really close to platinum for six months. We knew it was going to happen. It wasn’t like a big shock. It’s not like a huge deal. All it really does is assure us a better slot on a tour, a weapon to use in negotiating.
MW: Was there a moment when you knew that you had “made it”?
WS: Yeah. There’s been times where …uh… it’s usually on stage, whether it be one of the Ozzfest shows that’s going particularly well, or maybe an Extreme Steel’s Tour. Because we do this every night, we’re accustomed to it, used to it. Then every couple months, you’ll get up there, and it’ll hit you. “Wow. This is what I dreamed about.” You just have to take a step back and think about it.
MW: Looking back, did you see yourself as being where you are today? If not, where was it that you thought you would be?
WS: When I was very young, I saw myself being a huge rock star like Kiss. That was my inspiration to get started. After spending so many years in bands, I got more realistic about it. “Maybe some day we’ll get signed to a small label.” That was my realistic goal about three years ago. We’ve far surpassed any realistic goals I’ve ever had.
MW: Have any cartoons influenced you through the years?
WS: Beavis and Butthead has become a way of life for myself and many other young Americans. When we watch Beavis and Butthead, the whole band gets into it. We see some of ourselves in there, but at the same time; we’re influenced by it. So, it’s kinda sad in a way.
MW: What is the funniest inspiration you’ve had for a song?
WS: Um, I think you know, probably the funniest song is the infamous “Love Dump” from our first record. It’s based on a past relationship with a totally wacked out chick who wanted to see my poop and was very interested in my poop.
MW: What is your biggest influence in writing music?
WS: Mmmmm…Probably just like different beats and grooves and things like that, things that create a mood. I’ll hear a song on radio or a CD, and I’ll get something not out of lyrics or the guitars, but the groove, and I’ll want a song with that type! of feel. That’s where everything starts
MW: Did anything influence your hairstyle?
WS: Yeah. The early Goth stuff from the 80s, Robert Smith from The Cure, Sisters Of Mercy, stuff like that, and that’s when I started doing my hair like this. It was in early mid 80s. I grew it out for a while, then shaved my head in ’94 for change a pace. As it grew out, I started sticking it up.
MW: How long does it usually take to do your hair?
WS: If it takes me more than 15 minutes, then it’s time for a haircut. That’s the new rule. It got way out of hand last year and was taking me way too long.
MW: A fan out in England wanted me to ask you, how do you come up with the ideas for your videos?
WS: It usually comes out of the song. Every video is a different case, ya know? The first video for “Push It” was a collaboration between the director, Ken Jay the drummer and myself. The band is always very involved in every creative or artistic aspect, but generally we collaborate with a director.
MW: Do you have any hobbies or secret fetishes?
WS: Um, I have two hobbies; they both involve trucks. One is real trucks in the real world, specifically old American made four-by-fours from the 60s and 70s, which I own three of and like to work on. And also remote control, for when I’m on the road and I can’t bring my real trucks. I don’t have any fetishes that we can talk about in public.
MW: Under components of Static-X, it lists you as doing vocals, guitars and programming. Which do you feel is the most challenging?
WS: Vocals by far. Programming wou! ld definitely be the easiest. It just seems very easy to me. Vocally, I am never happy with any of my vocal performances in studio, ever. It’s hard to put something down and give it a rest.
MW: How did you get started in music?
WS: I just bought a cheap guitar when I was young, 7 years old, and just started playing. I took guitar lessons for a while, started getting into rock bands like Kiss and Rush. I’ve always played music, for as long as I can remember.
MW: Do you have any goals that you would like to see Static-X accomplish in the future?
WS: Um, we really don’t have any long-term goals for this band; we never have. I think you set yourself up for disappointment if you do that. We set short term, realistic goals that we are able to accomplish and do the best job we can for the task at hand before moving onto the next thing.
Marisa Williams is a freelance writer, phtographer and author; www.lulu.com/thorisaz