Before I even rattle off these questions I had to sit back, chop up and get into the right mind state…10 minutes later I return red eyed and ready. We’ve been blasting the Kottonmouth King’s music for years now! Their music was the soundtrack to a large section of our life, so to have an opportunity to interview them in 2008 is so rad. We caught them as they toured through Australia early this year and now 8 months later it’s time to check back in with the Kings themselves.
Shock Mansion: G’day boys, how’s it going?
Kottonmouth Kings: Everything is well the economy is crashing, the planet is melting, we are in trillions of dollars in debt, but we are stoned and happy!
Shock Mansion: Let’s get stuck straight into it for all the Aussie’s out there, what can fans expect from your new album?
Kottonmouth Kings: The new album is “THE GREEN ALBUM’ 20 songs of peace and freedom…there is lots of twists and turns along the way, some hip hop, some acoustic mellow vibes, a dash of punk, I think people will really enjoy it.
Shock Mansion: It’s been thirteen years of hard work and ten albums to reach the latest installment The Green Album. It’s a major accomplishment considering many artists don’t have that kind of staying power, is there anything that you haven’t accomplished yet that you still want to?
Kottonmouth Kings: It has been an amazing journey, this group has taken us all over the planet, we’ve played in front of millions of people, sold boatload of records, and it somehow feels that we have so much work ahead of us. I think that we are writing the story of KMK, I don’t know what the next chapter holds but I know it will be intense, the stakes are high and so are we!
Shock Mansion: Dude we heard you guys are donating a percentage of
“The Green Album” to some really rad causes, can you tell us a bit about that?
Kottonmouth Kings: We felt we wanted the green album to make a
statement, we wanted to give back so we chose the ‘Surfrider Foundation’ which dedicates itself to protecting our ocean. Another organization is ‘Life Rolls On’ an organization dedicated to spinal cord injuries. It was stared by Jessie Billoure, a friend who was paralyzed in a surfing accident, we also are donating a percentage of profits to Ward 57 to help wounded soldiers…its just a small gesture.
Shock Mansion: Tell us about the process of making a music video. Is this viewed more as work or pleasure for you guys?
Kottonmouth Kings: Videos tend to be long days, however they are great adventures and a chance to bring a song to life, it is usually a lot of hurry up and then wait.
Shock Mansion: What other music are you listening to at the moment, besides your own?
Kottonmouth Kings: We love the classics, hip hop, rock, punk…we are consumed with new music that we are making for KMK or other Subnoize acts.
Shock Mansion: What is life like living on a tour bus for months on end?
Kottonmouth Kings: It is like living on a submarine, we sleep in coffin like bunks, we are like vampires, up all night and sleep all day…we get a lot of creature comforts, satellite TV, kitchen and bathroom etc…it is total insanity!
Shock Mansion: Dead or alive, who would be your ultimate collaboration?
Kottonmouth Kings: Bob Marley…hands down.
Shock Mansion: What are your thoughts on all the weed themed movies that have been coming out lately? Any chance of a stoner movie directed or starred in by you guys?
Kottonmouth Kings: I have written a few scripts, I hope we can evolve
into that, I think it is the next step, my thoughts on the ones coming out are anybody pushing the weed issue is a step in the right direction.
Shock Mansion: When you’re not riding in the tour bus, what is your favourite choice of transportation? What rides do you guys have stashed in the garage?
Kottonmouth Kings: Richter has a 73 crip blue VW Bus, the band was actually was formed getting stoned in it, Bobby B has a monster show truck…its a sick Chevy and everything is custom…D Loc has a slammed VW Bug…Pak drives a Dodge Charger and I have a drop top 62 Caddy…we love our whips!
Shock Mansion: So you’ve travelled to some pretty amazing places, where would you recommend we should travel to next?
Kottonmouth Kings: I would say Hawaii, we played there last year after Australia, it’s a powerful place.
Shock Mansion: We are all hanging at the bar after a show, it’s our shout, what do you feel like?
Kottonmouth Kings: Jack n Coke, make it a double.
Shock Mansion: Mate it’s the next day and we are ruined, do you have a secret hangover cure for us?
Kottonmouth Kings: A hippie speedball coffee and weed.
Shock Mansion: Do you hope you will be making music in another 10 years, or would you like to be involved in a different industry?
Kottonmouth Kings: I think I will be involved in making music the rest of my life, it is good therapy.
Shock Mansion: Some of you guys are heavily covered in tattoos, what got you started?
Kottonmouth Kings: The chicks dig it!
Shock Mansion: What are some of your favourite tattoos?
Kottonmouth Kings: The Kottonmouth Kings logo, we all have one, also the endless hiway road dog tattoo.
Shock Mansion: Where can people find out about your current tour and all other things Kottonmouth Kings?
Shock Mansion: Cheers dudes, thanks for setting the time aside for us, we hope to see you in Australia again some time soon, all the best!
Kottonmouth Kings: We are trying to get back down under, the economy is just so fucked up right now, promoters are gun shy, respect daddy x.
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