Tony Campos Speaks On Static-X Being Lumped Into Nü-Metal: “We Were Trying To Rip Off Ministry And Prong”


Platinum-selling industrial metal outift Static-X‘s ascent to mainstream success found them often being associated with the nü-metal movement that was reaching its peak amid the band’s heydays. While Static-X undoubtedly exhibited some of the characteristics of that scene, they were also equally as immersed in the industrial movement.

But as evidenced by the band’s own embracing of the ‘evil disco’ tag to describe their music at the time, simply being labeled ‘nü-metal’ was something the group seemingly tried to avoid. In a newly published interview with Sense Music Media, the band’s bassist/vocalist Tony Campos was asked if and his bandmates were comfortable with being lumped into that genre. Campos replied:

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“Yeah, we did emerge in that scene. But to me, that ‘nu metal’ label, for better or for worse, for me, it was always associated with that rap-rock kind of thing, with the hip-hop influence. And none of us were big hip-hop fans, and that didn’t really make it into the Static-X sound. So for us, it was kind of, like, we got lumped into that category but I don’t know that we were necessarily in that category.

We were trying to rip off Ministry and Prong [laughs]; we just wanted to be more industrial era. The other thing that really influenced us was that whole electronica movement that was happening at that time — Chemical Brothers, Prodigy, those kind of acts were big influences on us too, particularly the ‘Spawn‘ soundtrack that had those collaborations with electronica artists and metal acts and rock acts. That was a big influence on us too.”


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