Richie T talked with Fieldy from KoЯn about his aversion to heat, being a band for so long, and how the band was almost called Larry. Read a brief write up below, or listen to the full audio at the bottom of the page.
Formation of the band:
It’s kind of crazy because we actually grew up together and being that, we weren’t really put together, we’re kind of like brothers. We grew up in Bakersfield California and we’re all from the same town. I’ve known all these guys since like seventh grade, so it kind of makes it a little different. I think that’s why there’s such a chemistry and a bonding.
If KoЯn didn’t exist:
KoЯn started 20 years ago and we haven’t really stopped to even have enough time to think about - what would I do? On some down time I put out a book called “Got The Life”, I did another solo band called Stillwell, I play guitar in that, I’m working on a bass album that’s almost out. So on the side I guess I’m still, I’m an artist.
His aversion to heat:
If I’m not hot it’s great, but most of the time when we’re doing our show it’s either if you’re indoors or outdoors you’re dealing with heat… I mean my heart is singing I just have to run back between songs and maybe dry heave a little bit and overheat and not feel good. It just kind of sucks you know? I don’t know how much I can put my body through. Sometimes I feel like I’m going to die but I don’t know, maybe I’m dramatic. Who knows? I just know I don’t feel good.
Having a family and being in a band:
It’s one of those things where you’ve kind of got to take it as it goes. I’ve been with my wife for 13 years and we’ve got three kids together. It’s all that she knows and I know, so it’s kind of like it is what it is, there’s nothing I can really do about it.
The Band Name:
We were sitting around trying to think of a band name back in the early days. Somebody said Korn and we thought it was really such a dumb name. We were like well what if we put the r backwards and do the squiggly writing and then went to our manager and told him “hey we came up with a band name, KoЯn”. He’s like “You can’t name your band Korn”. At the time our manager’s name was Larry and we’re like “Ok well, then we’re going to name our band Larry, you go ahead and pick whatever one you want”.
Richie T talks with Noodles from The Offspring about his nickname, favorite songs to play live, and what's still on his Bucket list of places to play. Read the brief overview below, or listen to the whole interview at the bottom of the page.
How he got his nickname:
From noodling on guitar. It was Tom Wilson, our producer for the first three records who got tired of cleaning up the takes, all the noodling on the take. Whenever I would mess up I would just kind of go off on riffing and noodling.
The first time we headlined a hometown show in the hometown show in the big local amphitheater was just amazing, just incredible.
Favorite song to play:
I love all our songs, honestly. I love playing them. You gotta understand, I don’t listen to Offspring records. I don’t know any musicians that listen to their own records. You want to be inspired by stuff, you’re too close to it. I do play along to the records, I put them on when I’m rehearsing or recording. In fact, whenever I’m just rehearsing guitar I love putting on our whole catalogue on shuffle. And whatever song pops up, just play along to it. I love it, but it’s also frustrating because I’d love to play more of these songs every night on stage, but you can’t play all the songs, not enough time.
Still on the Bucket List:
There’s still places we’ve never been, we’ve never been to Honk Kong, we’ve never been to Indonesia or Malaysia, there’s a lot of places in Asia that we haven’t been that I’d love to go to. There’s still places in Eastern Europe that we’re slowly still hitting. We did Bulgaria for the first time just a few weeks ago.
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Richie T talked with Andy Tongren of Young Rising Sons about the success of their single "High", achieving the dream of being signed to a record label, and produce inspiring songs. Check out the overview below, or the full audio at the bottom of the page.
Formation of the band:
We’ve been playing together for 4 and a half, 5 years now? The other three guys have been playing together even longer. I was going to school in New York City, and just playing acoustic down at this bar and they happened to be there looking for a new singer, and approached me afterwards and said “hey, come jam with us” and it was just instant chemistry. We became best friends first and then band mates second. We’ve been going ever since and yeah, finally put all the right pieces together and started seeing some progress so it’s been really exciting.
We’re very collaborative, usually one person will come in with an idea, melody, lyric whatever it may be and we’ll bounce it off each other so it’s something we can really stand behind and something that we’re all proud of.
“High” was the same thing, it’s about our band really. You know we’ve been playing for 4 and a half, 5 years and a lot of what we did didn’t work so it’s kind of about those lows and the lows making the way for the high, and making them that much more worth it, once you actually get there.
Being signed to Interscope:
I think growing up playing in bands our whole lives, the ultimate goal was to sign a major record deal and once it happened we were like ok, well now what do we do? We know the hard work is just starting, we’re ready to kind of get down to the bare bones and just work, and we’re really excited to do that. But signing with Interscope was very very exciting and has been nothing but wonderful.
We heard our song on the radio for the first time, I wanna say three weeks ago or so? We were driving to LAX to fly home from our first tour and we heard it on the radio. It was just such a surreal moment, and that’s what this whole thing has been, it’s just been a collection of very surreal moments. You kind of have to pinch yourself every once and a while and remind yourself that this is real life.
“King Of The World”
Steve came up with that melody while he was working at a grocery store. He was stocking produce and wrote that melody and brought it to us.
X96's Jon Smith chats up Fall Out Boy's Pete Wentz when the band was in town for the Monumentuor with Paramore and New Politics on August 13, 2014. They discuss weird Utah airport welcomes, mobile gaming and how the tour is going.
Lou Ferrigno talks to Richie T about being Michael Jackson's personal trainer, coming to this year's Salt Lake Comic Con, and much more!
Being Michael Jackson’s Personal Trainer
Well it was different because he [Michael Jackson] was so involved in music that he never really weight trained or exercised as much before. So when I was with him, I would give him a live regiment, like a routine so he could do it to retain his flexibility and stamina.
Going to Salt Lake Comic Con 2014
Well, I do a panel at the Con also, and I tell the fans to stay away from drugs, sex, and violence. That’s important because the fact that they come to a comic con that’s so positive, and you meet people, and make connections to celebrities, and there’s a Q&A. It’s always about walking away with a smile on your face instead of being depressed and doing the wrong things to yourself.
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