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”.
Ellis Ludwig-Leone, the brain behind Brooklyn band San Fermin, sat down with Richie T before their show at Salt Lake's Twilight Concert Series. He explains what San Fermin means, (how to pronounce it), and if Richie can join the band as the 9th member.
--- Classical Music Training ---
I was a music/composition student, classical music mostly…Most people in the band have the similar sort of thing going on...I think there’s a lot of different ways to write music and they’re all equally valid as long as you’re being honest. For us, there’s a lot of training, there’s a lot of intention in how we go about writing.
--- From One Man to Full Band ---
I wrote the record right when I graduated and then I took a while to record it. I just got my friends and random people to play on it. We got a record deal before ever really playing…We played one show with 15 people or something at Pianos, this tiny place in New York. Once we got that record deal suddenly it was like, “Oh, this has to become a band”…Allen and I, Allen’s the singer - the male singer, he and I have been best friends for years, since we were really young. Everyone else it was word of mouth or people maybe I went to college with or just, if you’re a musician in New York there’s a lot of through-the-grapevine sort of recommendations.
--- The Band Name ---
It’s the name of the running of the bulls festival. It’s the patron saint in Spain…I liked the idea of people putting themselves in danger for really no reason. It sort of feels like performing...["San Fermin"] was a lyric before it was a band name. So it was in the song “Torero” I think. Torero is Spanish for bullfighter as well. I was thinking about that and once I finished the record I was like, “Well, we gotta have a band name.”
--- Coordinating an 8-person Band ---
There are upsides and downsides for sure. I mean getting 8 people to Europe is a pretty costly endeavor. But when I wrote the record it was for like 20 something musicians, so I figured if you go any lower than 8, you’re starting to do a disservice to the music. Honestly, I chose the musicians as we were putting the band together such that I knew that they were good enough players that they could actually each do a number of things, in terms of the sax lines now sort of encompass sax and trombone and tuba. I’ve sort of smushed them all together into one player. It was an interesting compositional exercise to do that.
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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Who is your favorite character that you have voiced?
I had a lot of fun doing The Tick… Kronk was the first Disney movie I got to work on and that was a great experience. They’re both right up there.
How did you end up getting to do the voice of Kronk?
A lot of the time they will have a character drawn out and have a story, but they don’t know what a character sounds like until somebody comes in a shows them. Since Disney is very secretive with their scripts I was only given a few pages. I didn’t know what Kronk was. Was he an ogor, a monster, or robot. He seemed like a renissance henchmen since he cooked, so I figured he sounds like he had a little more like a sensitive guy, kind of like a transvestite.
Did you want to do voices as a kid? And if so, what did they sound like?
I was the smallest kid in High School, 95lbs and wearing coke bottle glasses, I’m blind as a bat, but I would do John Wayne. You had this 95lb kid walking around doing John Wayne impressions.
Listen to the full interview below
How they met:
Kyle: Brandon and I met at a show years ago and then randomly ended up moving in together at this crazy old flop house with nine other guys and just started playing music together there. We had no car, we had nothing but a ton of equipment.
Brandon: I'd been living in this, I mean literally like a flop house. It was the nastiest bachelor pad, the kitchen was unusable, the bathroom was completely unusable because they were so filthy. I was sitting out front having a beer one day when Kyle pulled up and I was like “what the hell is going on bro?”. We started playing music I think that first week after he moved in and immediately we just clicked and it was kind of just a done deal.
The Flop House now:
It's been condemned, they tore it down, we drove by the other day and it's gone and they're building something where human beings can live.
Star-crossed band mates:
Kyle: We both went our separate ways, Brandon became a ferrier, he shoed horses and I went and worked at a non-profit… and came back together about five years ago and started this band. Brandon: It was like three years. I went to Oklahoma, I went to horse shoeing school in Oklahoma and then came back to Northwestern, trying to set up a business.
Kyle: It's changed over this album. We had toured on a record before for about a year and a half and on the way back from one of the last tours Brandon and I looked at each other were like we've gotta do this thing our way. We built the studio ourselves and started recording this record. We quit every other day job and every other interest and basically clocked regular hours, 50 hours a week plus, and just wrote music every day. We just kind of held each other accountable that way and basically learned how to create in that environment.
Brandon: We've completely outgrown our old record, we made it really, really fast. Honestly, we didn't know what we were doing. We cranked out a collection of songs and immediately got ourselves a vehicle and got out on the road. And after about a year being out on the road and doing whatever, playing shows, we just realized this is not what we wanted to do. And Kyle and I, when we first started playing music together we spent a lot of time talking about what we wanted our sound to be. The infusion of electronic beats and really nasty synthesizers, but then with a really strong contrast of acoustic instrumentation and well thought out harmonies and melodies. We at that time, when we started, we didn't know how to execute, but after spending enough time, three or four years together, we figured out a system.
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