Interview: Hollywood Undead Talk Favorite Bands
Tue, 05 Jan 2010 10:32:37
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Hollywood Undead made an original record with Swan Songs.
That's why it's blown up the way it has and the band's got a legion of diehard fans. Making an original honest record is a simple concept, but it seems to elude most artists these days. Hollywood Undead got it right though, and they're the first new band to do so in a long time.
So what are the ingredients of a great debut album?
Well, you've got to know your shit, and J-Dog, Johnny 3 Tears, Funny Man, Charlie Scene and Da Kurlzz definitely do. You can tell a lot by a musician's playlist, and Hollywood Undead defer to the classics and some very important artists of the past few decades.
J-Dog, Johnny 3 Tears and Funny Man sat down with ARTISTdirect.com editor and Dolor author Rick Florino to discuss records that shaped them in this exclusive interview…
Pick up Swan Songs and their CD/DVD, Desperate Measures now! Like their influences listed below, Hollywood Undead won't ever let you down…
Records that Shaped Hollywood Undead:
1. Rage Against the Machine — Rage Against the Machine
J-Dog: I grew up on hip hop and rap music for my whole entire life until I was 13 and I came across Rage Against the Machine's first record. I liked every single song on that record. That's one of the albums that inspired me to start playing the bass and to do a different style of music—not just hip hop. That definitely molded me musically.
2. Wu-Tang Clan — Enter the Wu-Tang: 36 Chambers
J-Dog: Wu-Tang Clan is another one. We all grew up on 36 Chambers. Everybody loves that album. Every song on there is good. Obviously our band is somewhat similar to theirs.
Johnny 3 Tears: Wu-Tang Clan for me too! I think all of us we're fortunate because we grew up in LA, and hip hop is the music here. It's part of the lifestyle.
3. Neil Young
4. The Beatles
Johnny 3 Tears: I was lucky because my dad's an old hippie. I always just listened to rap music, but at one point, he was like, "Listen to this stuff!" He started showing me Neil Young, The Beatles and artists like that. That's what inspired me to write. I loved rap, but at the same time, I had to hear that music in order to have the realization that I wanted to be a musician. All of our dads are old hippies too, so we're fortunate in that way [Laughs].
J-Dog: We have very eccentric parents [Laughs].
5. Dr. Dre — Chronic 2001
Funny Man: Dr. Dre's Chronic 2001 was a big inspiration!
6. Led Zeppelin
J-Dog: You can listen to our music and see that we're influenced by so many different things and genres of music. I'm into more metal—the heavier stuff. I like Slayer a lot. Led Zeppelin's one of my favorite bands of all time. Some of our songs sound more metal. Whoever is writing the songs, adds his own twang to it.
7. Deftones — White Pony
Johnny 3 Tears: I'm a huge Deftones fan. For me personally, Deftones were the band. I love them. If I could write like anybody else, I'd want to write like them. You know when you hear a song and you're like, "I wish I wrote that?" Deftones have a lot of songs that I hear and I just say, "Fuck!" 50 years from now, White Pony is going to go down as one of the greatest rock records ever written. They're so solid. They're one of those bands that I envy. I'm like, "Man, you guys are the shit." Bow down…
8. Alkaline Trio — Crimson
Funny Man: I've been listening to that Alkaline Trio album, Crimson. I like it a lot.
9. Queens of the Stone Age
Funny Man: I'm a huge Queens of the Stone Age fan. They're an amazing band! I've never seen them live. I was at the Street Scene Festival in San Diego, and Wu-Tang and Queens were playing at the same time. I went after the Wu that day and missed out on Queens [Laughs]. It was so fun.
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