5 Famous Musicians On Their Biggest Influence
By Jeff Ayers — / Death Wish Coffee Blog
Everyone loves hearing about where professional musicians got their inspiration to pursue playing music. On Fueled By Death Cast, we have been very lucky to talk with some incredible musicians about just where these musical influences come from and what set them on the path to becoming rock stars. Below, see a few snippets of their conversations, and then tune into their episodes for the full conversation.
GABE CRISP - WHITECHAPEL
"Green day, basically. I can't say anything else besides Mike Dirnt is the only reason. I mean it's ... He pretty ... Like when I listen to that band, they're not only my favorite band when I was a young teenager, 5th grade laying on my back listening to CD's all day long, but he kinda made the bass cool. Three piece band. You actually hear him pretty much playing leads and stuff like that."
ACEY SLADE - THE MISFITS
"Well, I was in the church choir and it was kind of boring, but then we ended up doing a thing called the Passion Play, which is basically the reenactment of the crucifixion of Christ. And my favorite part of the whole thing was when they crucified Christ, not because I have any sort of aversion to Christianity, but they have these fake spears that spewed blood everywhere, and the crown of thorns spewed blood, and when they whip him he had fake skin. They really did a good job on it. And I was like, "This is f'in awesome!" I'm like, "Check this out!" And I think I'd just seen Dario Argento's Suspiria on late night TV around that time, too, so I was like, "This is f'in cool, man! This is way better than the whole Easter egg part of it. I dig this." 'Cause it's the whole Easter resurrection thing or whatever.
So, and then shortly after that I went to see Alice Cooper play, and he was doing the whole decapitation thing and electric chair, and I connected the two. I was like, "Wow, man, this is just like at church." So, me and my friends, we wanted to start a band after seeing Alice Cooper."
ZAKK WYLDE - OZZY OSBOURNE
"I mean, my first musical moment where I was like, the power of music and there's just like how powerful it is. Remember, probably about 1975 I saw Elton John playing "Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds" on the Sonny and Cher show. And I remember just thinking it was like the coolest thing I ever saw. And not only that, just the music, the song, and everything like that. I mean, before that ... obviously when you're kids you just like AM radio and then you just listen to what's on the radio, whatever you folks are playing. There's really ... you don't have any favorite bands or anything like that because I was eight years old."
WYCLEF JEAN - THE FUGEES
"I left Haiti when I was 10 years old, and I came to Marlboro projects in Brooklyn. And projects were very rough, and I always said my mom took a gun out of my hand and replaced it with a guitar. So for me music, it wasn't just like we're doing music, it's like survival. So when you're singing, you can't just be making up things you know? You drift off to the reality.
I had an interesting story, because my dad was a preacher. So being that he was a minister, he didn't want me listening to rap music, he called it drug dealer music. That crazy Haitian accent "I don't want you to listen to this music, this drug dealer music." And you know, you're a teenager so whatever your parents tell you don't do you're gonna do. I fell in love with hip-hop, but being that my dad was a Christian minister, I grew up in a very cool but weird environment. So that means that before I heard Run DMC I heard Petra. So then I fell in love with what was called Christian rock, and in falling in love with Christian rock, because my dad wanted me to hear that. So my brother, the first cassette tape he brought to me that wasn't Christian rock, was The Police Synchronicity."
RICHARD FORTUS - GUNS N’ ROSES
"My mother actually was into vocal music and played piano and sang with different choirs and things like that, but my father actually worked for, he was part owners of a company that made musical instruments. They made guitars and they made amplifiers. That exposed me to that world of rock n' roll. I really became obsessed with rock probably around the age of seven or eight and just fell head over heels in love with it and really obsessed over it for, yeah. It's funny, I really spent every waking hour, it seemed, immersing myself in music and rock and rock n' roll history. Classical as well."
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