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    Thu, 03 Sep 2009 20:25:00

    Interview: Kottonmouth Kings - Daddy X of the Kottonmouth Kings tells us ARTISTdirect.com editor Rick Florino why the <i>Sunset Strip Music Festival</i> is the place to be...

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    The Kottonmouth Kings are about to light up the Sunset Strip.

    For over a decade, the Los Angeles hip hop punks have been blazing on the Strip with sold out crowds chanting every reefer loving rap along with them. These SoCal marauders are going to ignite the Sunset Strip Music Festival like none other, and MC Daddy X couldn't be more high on the thought of it.

    Daddy X spoke to ARTISTdirect.com in this exclusive interview about the Sunset Strip Music Festival and much more.

    You can catch Kottonmouth Kings on the Strip Saturday September 12th!

    Does the Sunset Strip hold a certain significance for you?

    Yes, it does! I think this show hold a special significance because they're shutting down Sunset Blvd. right in that area where The Whisky, The Rainbow and The Roxy are. To my knowledge, that's never been done before in that part of The Strip. It's pretty historical. The fact that no one's ever shut down Sunset, set up stages and done a street scene with a music festival makes this a very historical event. Of course there's already so much history with all of those clubs too. It's pretty awesome to be a part of it. From the beginning, we've been playing shows on the Sunset Strip. We've played every venue on The Strip—from the Palladium to the Roxy to the Key Club to the Viper Room to the Whisky. Our home base is Southern California, so we've played the Strip since the beginning of our career.

    Is it inspiring playing over there at those venues?

    Yeah, anytime you play the big cities like Los Angeles, New York or San Francisco, it's a big deal. Those are the meccas of entertainment, and there's so much history. You feel that added energy to those shows for sure.

    Were there any particularly memorable shows that you played on the Strip?

    We've done so many nights at The Key Club. The Key Club was kind of our home base for awhile just because we had a really good working relationship them. We've done so many Kottonmouth Kings and Sub Noize nights there, so they pretty much give us the run of the place. Our Key Club shows are always a big party. We've had great nights and record release parties there. It's different than just going to play for a promoter when we play there. We promote our own shows at the Key Club. We've had some great times there over the years. We've done a lot of memorable shows at The Roxy. Some of the first shows we ever played were at the Viper Room and The Whisky. I remember one of the first shows that we did was on a Monday night at The Whisky. We had a couple of homemade props that we built for that gig. We emptied out some video arcade games—don't ask me why [Laughs]. We set up the stage like an arcade with Donkey Kong and all of these old games. The bodies were empty though [Laughs]. The shows were just funny back then. At this point, we were literally just three people. This was back in 1995 probably.

    What show do you remember seeing the most?

    My first punk rock show that I ever went to made a huge impact on my life. I remember going to see Channel 3 and Agent Orange at The Whisky back in the '80s. To me, it was so intense. It was the first time I ever went to LA to get to a show. It was such an intense and overwhelming experience in my life. There's just so much history on that street. I remember some of the riots that happened on the Sunset Strip at some of the punk rock shows. They'd block down the strip and all of the police in riot gear would be there.

    The percentage of fans that come from Hollywood is probably not that high. They come from all over the valley, the Inland Empire, Orange County and the South Bay. For a lot of kids that come in, it's an exciting night to go to Hollywood and be on the Strip. When we come to town to do those shows on the weekend, we even make an event of it. We get some hotel rooms. It's definitely a party. Friends come up from all over California. People come from out of state to see our shows on the Strip, which is cool. We just came off of a tour so we're firing on all cylinders as far as the live show is concerned right now. There are a lot of great bands playing the Sunset Strip Music Festival, and we're going to bring it. It's amazing Ozzy's playing!

    —Rick Florino

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