Music Incider interviews Brad “Daddy” X from the Kottonmouth Kings –
Music Incider Magazine
Meet Brad “Daddy” X , vocalist, from the Kottonmouth Kings. He is behind some monster music that sounds a little fucking bit like rap that definitely DOES NOT SUCK.
I really like this one, I think I am going to keep him
MI: What is your birthday?
Brad: February 20th.
MI: Tell us how Kottonmouth Kings got together.
Brad: I used to play in punk bands and I came across D-Loc and Richard because we lived in the same town and they were always rapping so I asked if they wanted to start a band. So we started writing songs and we put them together in my home studio and started playing shows, then one thing lead to another and all of the sudden we found ourselves in a position where all these labels were coming at us. We’ve been doing it for 10 years now.
MI: Describe your music to us.
Brad: We call it rip-hop. It’s hip-hop with the attitude of punk rock but there are also a lot of other elements that go into making our records. It’s rooted in hip-hop but there are elements of punk rock and real stony vibrations like stone and classic rock. There’s also reggae flavor.
MI: Have you ever inhaled?
Brian: Absolutely, everyday.
MI: If a nuclear bomb was to wipe out everyone except you and three people, who would they be?
Brad: Definitely my wife and my child.
MI: Do you believe in psychics?
Brad: Yes, I believe there is a spirit world right outside of our conscious reality that certain people have the ability to tap into.
MI: Do you believe in reincarnation?
Brad: I believe that we’re all interconnected and that we all contribute to the universe. I believe in karma so I think that if you put out good energy that the universe will give it back in the next life.
MI: If you could play anywhere in the world, where would it be?
Brad: We’ve played so many places; I can’t really pinpoint one that I like most,
MI: What was the worst job you’ve ever had?
Brad: Delivering for Domino’s Pizza.
MI: What made you decide to become a musician?
Brad: I love punk rock music so I and a couple friends started an after school band in my garage and it was a lot of fun so I decided to pursue it.
MI: What is the greatest thing to ever happen to you?
Brad: The greatest thing to happen to me was the creation of my daughter.
MI: Who was your hero growing up?
Brad: I always loved Bob Marley.
MI: If you could open for anyone, who would it be?
Brad: I’d like to open for the Beastie Boys one day.
MI: What pisses you off the most in the world today and what would you do to change it?
Brian: Taxes. I would just do a flat tax. 10%. Also I’d like to see a box you can check to tell how you’d like to see that money spent.
MI: Who would you compare yourselves too musically?
Brad: It’s probably a standard answer, but I really don’t think you can compare us to anyone.
MI: Where do you see the band 5 years from now?
Brad: We’ve been together for 10 years and are working on our 8th studio album. We tour consistently and continue to let this underground following grow. Hopefully bands like ours will legally be allowed to play in the USA in the future.
MI: If you could have lunch with anyone, living or dead, who would it be?
Brad: I’d say John Lennon.
MI: If a genie granted you three wishes, what would they be?
Brad: Peace on Earth, legalization of marijuana, and health and happiness.
MI: Do you think the country is ever going to legalize marijuana?
Brad: With Bush and his guys in office it’s not going to happen.
MI: What are your opinions on Bush?
Brad: As a person I don’t know him, as far as agreeing with some of his policies – absolutely not.
MI: What do you think about this war that’s going on?
Brad: War is a terrible thing and I think war should be used as a last resort. I think a lot of innocent people got killed. Hopefully it’s not going to keep compounding itself and keep getting worse.
MI: What inspires your lyrics?
Brad: Life experiences.
MI: As far as American liberations go, do you feel America will invade Iran next?
Brad: I think there is a definite possibility. Russia signed a contract with Iran to supply Iran with nuclear weapons and I think it will only take one person to cross that line before the bombs start dropping.
MI: If you had to name the dictator of the music industry, who would it be?
Brad: I would say it’s the huge corporations that monopolize the whole industry from radio to TV to every part of it.
MI: What do you think the differences between the old MTV and the new MTV are?
Brad: I like MTV2. MTV stands for Music Television and now all they show is half an hour shows.
MI: What do you think of the Osbournes?
Brad: I don’t like any reality TV show, so I’ve never watched a complete episode of it. I like Cops though.
MI: What music do you listen to in the car?
Brad: Our studio is two hours away so my time in the car is valuable time. I find myself writing and listening to material
MI: What would you warn any young band about just going into the industry?
Brad: I would just encourage them to be themselves and to write songs from the heart.
MI: If you could design a museum exhibit for Kottonmouth in the Smithsonian, what would it be?
Brad: I’d have our instruments, outfits, and some of our clothes from our clothing line. I’d also have some classic bongs we’ve used and posters and CD covers.
MI: Give me your favorite recipe to cook.
Brad: I like really organic foods. I find myself eating simple organic foods these days like rice and smoothies.
MI: When you’re not on the road and you’re at home how do you spend your time?
Brian: We home school our daughter so I help her out with her school work. I get her out every day and take her to the park and teach her some things.
MI: If there was a movie made of your life who would you want to play you and what would you like the theme song to be?
Brad: The song would be a song off our new album called Living Free and the actor would be Jim Carey.
MI: Who is your favorite poet?
Brad: Pat Wong.
MI: What is your favorite movie?
Brad: I like the movie Heaven and Earth. It’s an Oliver Stone movie.
MI: If you could get anything for Christmas, what would it be?
Brad: A pound of weed.
MI: Would you say you’re a dog person or a cat person?
Brad: Definitely a dog person. We have a dog named Brownie right now.
MI: What did your parents think of your career growing up?
Brad: They weren’t very fond of it. My dad was a military man so I’ve heard all the talks.
MI: If you had a million dollars to give to any charity, which would it be?
Brad: I would give it to CHOC. Children’s Healthcare of Orange County.
MI: If you could do one thing for your fans what would it be?
Brad: I’d like to do an entire tour where every show is free.
MI: What is your favorite quote of all time?
Brad: Learn while you live.
MI: Do you have a message for your fans?
Brad: Seek truth. Observe nature, and educate yourself.
MI: What’s the band’s website?