Interview w/ Former Korn Guitarist Brian “Head” Welch
I conducted an interview with Brian “Head Welch shortly following his performance on 10/21 at Eleanor Rigby‘s in Jermyn PA. Check it out……
RN: How is the tour going?
B.H.W. Good. It’s been big and small places. Every show has been great.
RN: Tell me about your new single “Paralyzed”. It sounds a lot like Korn.
B.H.W. I think the band was going in a different direction when I was leaving. They wanted to try more stuff like the “See You On The Other Side” record. I liked more of the old school sound and they like to reinvent them selves. I think that’s the main reason.
RN: How different is your new CD going to be from your last CD “Save Me From Myself”?
B.H.W. It’s going to be more mainstream. My first solo record was more experimental. The songs were long. It had some tripped out sounds and stuff like that. This one is going to be more like a mainstream record. I’m getting back into playing heavy riffs. The first one didn’t have a lot of that.
RN: You recently put out a video for “Paralyzed“. Looking back on making the video what are your thoughts on it?
B.H.W. That was a fun video to shoot. What was cool, a lot of directors do take after take after take. This guy only did four takes of the big room with the whole band. And three takes each of the band members and that was it. It was a wrap.
RN: Since you found God how has the your fan acceptance been?
B.H.W. It’s getting better. I think the first solo record was ok. It had some decent moments. Some people dug it. I don’t think a lot of people jumped on it. But the last couple weeks paralyzed got 40,000 views on Youtube for so I think that’s speaking for itself. More people are opening up to it. So we will see how it goes.
RN: Is your band considered a Christian rock band.
B.H.W. I am a Christine guy. But I would prefer not to be labeled that. I’m a Christian guy playing the same metal music I have always played. Singing about pain and things we all go through. People are going to say what they are going to say. Some people shut their doors on things that are labeled Christine. Don’t be so uptight everybody. We are all the same.
RN: I noticed you have speaking events booked. I have also watched one on youtube that you did not to long ago. Do you do these often?
B.H.W. Whenever I’m not touring I go out and speak. It’s fun for me to do. I love it. And I have this gift; I attract people that are really hurting in life. And I look at them and I tell them I was hurting too and I got out of it. You can see hope and positive things happening in their eyes. And people tell me “man you make me feel like I can do this” and for me there is nothing better than that. It’s really cool and I love it.
RN: How do you separate your live performance from your speaking engagements?
B.H.W. It is just who I am inside. If I’m on stage or not. I want to connect with people however I can. My music is hard and powerful but at the same time I just want to tell the truth about the whole rock star thing. It can be a trap if you are not careful. Drugs and alcohol can really ruin lives. I have seen it ruin a lot of people and it almost ruined my life.
RN: After this tour what are your plans. As far as getting the new album finished and touring?
B.H.W. We are hitting the studio November 7th. And we will be in the studio until the album is done. We are going to be focused. Nothing until April of next year as far as traveling goes. So we will see.
RN: Brian thank you for your time.
B.H.W. No problem Dante, Thank you for yours.
CHECK OUT THE VIDEO FOR ”PARALYZED” HERE
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