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Exclusive: Wayne Static Talks Music, Movies and Mad Science [NSFW]

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Among the heavyweights of industrial metal in the mid to late '90s, the band Static-X was one of the most recognized, and not only because of frontman/founder Wayne Static's electro-shocked hair, hyperspeed riffs and crazed stage presence; their music has made its way into high-profile movies like Saw III, Punisher: War Zone and Queen of the Damned, and video games like Need for Speed: Underground. Although the original Static-X lineup disbanded three years ago, Wayne embarked last year on a solo project that taps heavily into the band's aggressive electro-metal roots. His new band has also joined him on the road this summer for a tour of his Static-X and solo material, which has been going over like gangbusters with fans. One of their main stops next week is the 13th annual Gathering of the Juggalos, where they'll be sharing the stage with fellow industrial metal icons like Fear Factory and Mushroomhead. 
 
We were lucky enough to snag some time with Wayne between his many tour stops, and he told us a bit more about the new lineup, his horror-flavored concept album Pighammer, and his favorite fear flicks. Read on, and check out the uncensored version of Wayne's music video “Assassins of Youth” (slightly NSFW... just sayin').
 
 
Hey Wayne, how's the tour going so far?
 
I'm having a great time. The fans have been awesome!
 
How long have you been playing with this new lineup?
 
I've known my guitarist Ashes for a few years now, and he helped me find my drummer Sean and bassist Brent. This lineup is amazing... they're the same players that did my solo tour with me in support of the Pighammer CD. 
 
Will you be writing/recording any new Static-X material in the near future, or will you stay more focused on your solo work?
 
At this time Static-X is just a touring thing. I'll decide later whether my next record will be released as "Wayne Static" or "Static-X."
 
I'm still stoked about "Pighammer." Great record. 
 
Thanks! I'm very pleased with how it turned out. I feel like it combines the best aspects of everything I've released in the past. 
 
 
There's a scary vibe that runs though it, which works with the heavier guitars and the old-school industrial sound design. 
 
It was intentional to bring back more of that industrial feel that was more prominent in early Static-X.
 
You've said the album is partially autobiographical. How did you approach that?
 
The lyrics focus on transformation. I wrote and recorded the entire thing while I was moving away from Los Angeles and trying to get off drugs.
 
 
Do the songs slip back and forth between your own life and this kind of villainous alter-ego?
 
The whole concept of the mad plastic surgeon came about while we were trying to figure out a way to personify transformation. I always like to include a dark sense of humor in everything I do, and what could be darker than a plastic surgeon transforming his wife into a pig, using a tool made from a pig foot?
 
I love the way the "victim" seems to admire her new look. Did you design the CD art? 
 
My wife Tera and I worked with photographer & body painter Nelly Recchia to come up with that concept.
 
 
I'd love to see the mad doctor in a video. Are you doing any more clips besides “Assassins of Youth?”
 
As of now, I'm done with the marketing for Pighammer and have gone back to focusing on Static-X. Music videos just don't have the same marketing value as they used to... now they just go up on YouTube and that's about it. So it's hard to justify spending a lot of money and time on them.
 
 
Your music's been tied closely to horror movies and games... have you ever been approached to write an original score?
 
I've been approached several times to do entire movie scores, but the producers ended up going with a composer with more experience. Scoring movies is tough to break into, especially in these times when movie companies are cutting back on expenses. 
 
You got that right.
 
It's still a goal of mine though.
 
Speaking of horror movies, what are your personal faves?
 
Event Horizon is probably the scariest for me. It's awesome! I also love Donnie Darko, which is less scary but more thought-provoking.
 
It's cool to see your band will be up there with other industrial-metal acts like Fear Factory and Mushroomhead for Gathering of the Juggalos.
 
I always love playing these types of shows. It's nice to see all the bands that I've toured with in the past.
 
After that gig, will you still keep Static-X on the road? 
 
Yes, we'll be touring for a while. We've been out of the spotlight for three years, so we have a lot of catching up to do!
 
 
Drop by Wayne's official site for updated tour info.
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