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Papa Roach’s Jacoby Shaddix On His Faith: “I Follow A Man Named Jesus And I Think He’s Awesome”


Papa Roach vocalist Jacoby Shaddix discusses his band’s longevity, his turbulent upbringing and the creative fulfilment he finds in Papa Roach in an interview newly published online over at Kerrang!. One of the many other topics discussed was Papa Roach‘s decision to temporarily retire the rap-rock style that gained them explosive fame initially in the early 2000s. Speaking on that, he stated:

“At the time, I wasn’t feeling the hip-hop that was coming out. People like Ja Rule made me go, ‘Meh’. It felt so watered down and it didn’t speak to me. After we released ‘Infest‘, lots of people were saying, ‘These guys are just one-trick ponies and are going to die doing rap-rock,’ but I knew there were other sides to us. I wanted to prove myself as a valid rock singer, and at the same time I was getting interested in bands like My Chemical Romance, who melded rock and punk together, which inspired me.”

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The band have of course since reintroduced elements of rap back into their music on recent albums. Later in the discussion, he spoke on his battle with kicking substance abuse (he is currently seven years sober,) he stated of that:

“The struggle with alcohol has been in my family for generations, continually destroying lives and relationships. I remember my mom telling me when I was a kid that I had to be careful, as alcoholism runs deep in both sides of the family. I should have heeded the warnings, but when you’re young and restless you don’t give a fuck, so I went for it.

And lo and behold, it started damaging relationships, and my health and drive. I tried for a long time to put the bottle down. I got kicked out of the house and it looked like my wife and I were going to split up. There came a point when I realised enough was enough, and now I haven’t picked up the bottle in seven years. It’s dramatically affected my life in so many positive ways, giving me the opportunity to be a good husband and father, as well as a kickass frontman.

I watch all the fucking VH1 documentaries about musicians dying, and having friends die from this shit, I’m lucky that I got out alive. I can’t say I’ve been perfect – I’ve slipped up and smoked weed a few times, but haven’t had any alcohol, cocaine, pills or anything else.”

Shaddix went on to cite his faith as a pillar of strength during the more difficult times in his life, stating:

“It’s been key for me. I follow a man named Jesus and I think he’s awesome. Unfortunately there are a lot of terrible fucking Christians out there, but when living in a relationship with my higher power, I feel like I’m clicked in to the ultimate power in the fucking universe. Don’t get it twisted, I’ve certainly had my struggles and failures in my spiritual life, but my walk with God has been one that’s evolved over the years.”

You can take in the full feature online over at Kerrang!. Papa Roach will be out on the road with Shinedown, Asking Alexandria and more on this fall tour.