Celebrating 20 Years
of DaBelly! - This article first appeared in our 127th issue of
DaBelly in November, 2010.
15 minutes with Rob Zombie
By Naughty Mickie
Rob Zombie is a musician, film
director, screen writer and producer and an artist. His music career
began with White Zombie in 1985, he went solo in 1998 and has remained
successful. His most ventures include "Hellbilly Deluxe 2" (Roadrunner
Records/Loud & Proud Records), which features three new songs, a music
video, a DVD tour documentary and more, and being named director of
"The Lords of Salem" (Haunted Movies) a movie about the return of a
300 year old coven of witches. He's also hit the road with his band,
guitarist John 5, bassist Piggy D and drummer Joey Jordison, on a
series of dates with Alice Cooper.
Zombie sounded tired on the phone, but
who wouldn't be, squeezing interview after interview in between
business meetings and rehearsals. With only 15 minutes allowed for our
chat, I tried to cover as much ground as possible.
DB: What is your writing process?
RZ: I don't know
what the process is after all these years. Basically, it always
fluctuates when I'm working with different people. At this point, me
and my guitar player, John 5, we write everything together more or
less. We just get together and start knocking around musical ideas and
once some thing's start to be laid down, I put lyrics to it. I usually
do lyrics last for the most part. The songs will usually sound like
something to me, that will inspire it.
DB: As busy as you are, how do you
balance your life.
RZ: I don't.
(Zombie laughs). It's madness all the time essentially.
DB: What do you think is the secret to
RZ: Being slightly insane probably. I never stop working, I just keep
at it and I always want things to be as great as I can make it. I'm
very paranoid in that way. I never relax.
DB: Did you know what you wanted to do
for a career when you were a child?
RZ: I just knew
that they were things I liked to do. I loved art, music, movies, TV
and everything like that and I knew I wanted to be involved in that in
some fashion, but I didn't think it was realistic necessarily, as a
kid you just don't know. But I also knew I didn't want to waste my
life doing some job I hated. If I'm bored with something I can't put
10 minutes of thought into it, but if it's something I'm excited about
I'll just kill myself working on it.
how I've always been. The first thing I ever did as a kid was art,
painting and drawing and things like that. I think that's what every
little kid does for the most part.
DB: Did you go to college?
RZ: I went to
art college (Parsons the New School for Design in New York) for a
little while, but then I got bored with that.I don't like school
period, even if it's something like that, so I went for about two
years and then I dropped out.
DB: Do you have any hobbies? I heard
you like L.A. Kings hockey.
RZ: I would go
to hockey a lot, I haven't gone in a couple years. We had season
tickets and would go to every game, I think I burned myself out on it.
What I do for a living is what I like to do so I'm not ever really
looking to get a break from that.
DB: What can fans expect at your
RZ: It's a huge
show. Obviously the new show is both me and Alice Cooper together and
both of us are doing full headlining shows, so it's gigantic. As I say
to people, it's the greatest you'll ever see bar none, so don't miss
DB: Are any of your film elements
incorporated into the performance?
RZ: To a certain
extent because there are songs that we play that have been part of the
movies so all of the video screens will be up and used with scenes
from certain movies. There's always a film element to everything I do.
DB: Tell me about your next film.
RZ: I have a new
movie that's just been announced called "The Lords of Salem." I won't
start that until probably March 2011 because until then I'll be
touring. I'm very excited about that because the deal I struck with
the producers of the film, who are the people who did "Paranormal
Activity," is they've given me complete control over everything, which
is what you always want. You fight for complete control, but no one
usually gives it to you without a battle, but with these guys it was
part of the deal right off the top. This should be one of the best
experiences I've had yet making a movie.
DB: Is it a horror film or what genre.
probably falls in dark thriller/horror movie. One day I would like to
make a western, but this really is not.
RZ: It's just
the type of movie I've always loved. It probably would not be
horror-bent, but I would want to modernize it in some sense because I
think that younger audiences think of westerns as being boring, so
you'd want to find a new twist on it keeping true to what a western
would be, but finding a way to get people who might not normally be
excited about it excited about it.