Wayne Static of Static-X fame had a chat with Ultimate-guitar.com that ran the gamut of his career, providing insight to the various highs and lows he and the band experienced. Along with a revealing look at various periods and incarnations of the band, there’s also some shots thrown at past members of the outfit—not surprising given legal mess involving the Static-X name. Some excerpts from the lengthy chat can be found below.
On writing the follow-up to the platinum selling “Wisconsin Death Trip“:
“I spent that whole two years [touring] writing “Machine” in the back lounge of the bus. ‘Cause my whole mindset was, “Holy shit. We’ve got a platinum record and we’re gonna go home after this and we gotta get in the studio and people are gonna expect another platinum record.” So while everybody else was out partying and having a good time, I was sittin’ in the back of the bus writing “Machine.” Which I wrote 100 percent by myself. That caused a lot of [problems] and that was when everything just went to shit with the band.
“The band got really pissed off because we had split “Wisconsin Death Trip” four ways ’cause we were all broke and we had all worked our asses off and everything. Then the time came to record “Machine” and I’m like, “Fuck you guys. I’m not splittin’ this four ways. You guys fuckin’ partied for two years while I sat and wrote this record by myself. This is gonna be my first solo record.”
“That’s what I told them. I’m like, “Fuck you, guys. This is my first solo record.” Finally we came to an agreement where I got 2/3 of the record and then the rest of the band split the other 1/3 of the record, which was still being very generous. ”
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