Questions answered by:
Christian Olde Wolbers (Bass)
Interviewed by Brian Webb
PRP: It seems that "Digimortal" is a combination of old FF with the newer sounds?
"Demanufacture" combined with "Obsolete" if you like.
What are your thoughts on "Digimortal" and the evolution of Fear Factory
Christian: I think the new record is definitely the
most mature. We went back and looked at the other records and took the best
parts of Fear Factory in the past. Songs like "Scapegoat",
"Replica" and "Edgecrusher".
Those are definitely songs that stood out and especially when played live. We
looked back and one thing we noticed is that they were very simplified. So what
we tried to do on this record is be more direct. You can tell that we've grown a
little bit. The melodic parts are more melodic, the crunchy parts are still
heavy, the dynamics of the album, we play clean guitar and bass and that's
really coming forth.
PRP: It's been said that the band ran into some stumbling blocks while working on this album....
Christian: No, not really. It wasn't too bad.
PRP: Well you took more time than usual to make it, how
was the writing process for the record?
Christian: Well every record gets harder and harder
to make sure you're not repeating yourself and trying something a little new. It
took us a while to get the songs tight and perfect together. The thing that was
a stumbling block maybe was the fact we were trying to find different
PRP: With "Obsolete" having recently gone gold in the states,
has there any added pressure or expectations placed upon the new record?
Christian: No not really. I always pressure myself
anyhow. That record went gold after two and a half years of hard work and
touring. Not because of the radio.
PRP: Many are expecting this effort to be the album that breaks the band through to the mainstream, do you have any
expectations or cares in this regard?
Christian: Well I'd love to be touring bigger
venues and be a larger band and go on to do more and better things, but we don't
really write for radio or MTV, we aren't a commercial band and we aren't sitting
around hoping for that success but if that happens that's just a plus. We will
always be heavy and still with the underground vibe.
PRP: Do you fear a negative reactions from the fans who might consider this as you guys stepping into a sort of rapcore direction?
Christian: I'll tell you something. Rap rock, all
that shit, they don't really have real M.C's. Not Limp Bizkit, not Papa
not Korn. To me, real rap rock is Run DMC and Beastie Boys, they are real M.C's.
This whole generation of rap metal that they call it doesn't exist to me. B-Real
is a real hip-hop icon. If it weren't for him their probably wouldn't be no Limp
Bizkit or Korn because all these bands got inspired by him 10 years ago, just
like myself. Considering Fear Factory is a real metal band and we joined with
B-Real because he is pretty much family to the band now, we made it real rap
metal and I'm proud with it, but that's only one song. Its not like the whole
record and that's what we are now. We still put it in a very industrial vibe and
which rap metal songs have you heard with double bass that go 200 miles per
PRP: Having played a few new songs on the recent Sno-Core
tour, how was the reaction?
Christian: We had a very good reaction. It was just
a teaser to warm up the crowd and people are starting to realize we have a new
record coming out and that's the thing. We will do the same in Europe with
a few teaser songs, 4 or 5 songs from the new record. It gets people a
little more excited because in the past we would just show up and play the whole
record. Now it's like a trailer.
PRP: Having a career that has spanned 10 years, what have been some of the highs and lows of that period?
Christian: One of the highs was that golden record
last month. The lows, there were some poor management decisions that kind of
hurt us. We had bad management, we never really got tours. They didn't do a lot
for us, they were more feeding off a band like Fear Factory to get them
other work because of our name and what we've done. Right now though we have a
great management and they do a lot of huge acts and I cant believe they were
willing to take an act like Fear Factory because they have acts to sell of about
5 to 15 million records in the states and they're willing to work with Fear Factory and take us to a different world and how it really should be done. Its
definitely a lot smoother.
PRP: You must have a lot of video footage for a potential home video. Any chance of one appearing?
Christian: We have a bunch of stuff and we are
doing a home DVD hopefully beginning of next year.
PRP: What can we expect from the upcoming "Linchpin" video?
Christian: It's a very simplistic video, not really
a story. Its us performing live and all this digital imagery and machinery and
industrial looking footage just moving onto the screen and it kind of just passes
us by as we play in the background.
PRP: Rumors of your summer touring plans as of late are
Tattoo The Earth or the Pantera/Slayer tour, have you guys set anything yet?
Christian: Its all in the works. All those booking
agents are working that out, I heard those rumors as well. I'm just waiting for
the call. They know we have a record out.
PRP: B-Real of Cypress Hill fame guests on the track
"Back The Fuck Up", is this a partnership that spawned from the
Kush side project and could you inform us of the status of Kush at this point?
Christian: It's more born from me and Dino working
on the Cypress Hill album. After that Muggs would call me up and ask me to do
little things for a rock band he wanted to produce so he'd get me in to help
produce the songs. Me and B-Real had been talking about a side project and me
and Stef (Deftones) had been talking about it forever too, and within a couple of days we
all put it together and a week after that we'd already written 9 songs and now
we have 17 recorded and we hope to put it out next year sometime.
PRP: So Kush came about from being friends?
Christian: Me and Stef met in Houston in 95 and we
became very good friends and always talked of playing together. I overheard
B-Real saying he's doing a solo thing and when I was wondering what he goes
"well I'm thinking about doing a solo thing" so I said what about being
in a new band I'm working on? and he was like "Fuck yeah!" Raymond, that was just
easy he was like "let me know when and I'll be there". He's just easy
to work with and that's why I got him in on the band. It's a mixture of all our
bands in one which is pretty amazing.
PRP: Is "Back The Fuck Up" any kind of
indication as to what Kush may sound like?
Christian: No, not at all. Kush is very
unpolished and raw, very more organic and groovy sounding. More like how "Roots"
was sounding. Raymond is playing natural drums with no triggers and electronics
that Fear Factory are using. A lot of people don't realize its Raymond playing,
he sounds very different and with B-Real spitting and doing things he hasn't
done before and people are like "THAT'S B-REAL? - FUCK THAT'S GREAT!", "Back The Fuck Up", that loop at the beginning of the song was
something I was producing in the past for all the hip-hop stuff I was working
on. Dino had this riff and I knew it was fitting this beat and we started
building it from there and at the end of the sessions it was the only song that Burton
had no lyrics for or had worked on yet. B-Real was sitting right there
and they both hit the pen and paper and got inspired by each other and really
collaborated together. Its probably my favorite song on the record.
PRP: Rumors have suggested that the band will be involved in the upcoming
Faith No More tribute, is there any truth to this and if so what track are you guys eyeing?
Christian: I would love to. We heard something
about it but I don't know what happened. FNM are a great band.
PRP: How do you feel
about the music scene of late? - Since you released "Obsolete" the musical
climate had changed considerably.
Christian: Yeah its changed a lot huh...I think its
very poor lately. I put the radio on in the car and they had bands like Mudvayne
and all these other bands and they all sound all the same. There's a couple
of good bands. I really liked Refused but they broke up already. There's
not too much nu-metal I can get inspired by.
PRP: You're soon to be playing shows with Papa Roach
and the drummer often wears a Fear Factory t-shirt....
Christian: Musically I'm not into it but I respect
them for pushing us like that and not being afraid to take a band like us on
tour. A lot of bands would probably be scared as we get the crowd going but they
weren't scared at all, they were like "We don't care, blow us off stage,
that's good. It makes us play harder." Dino's brother works for the the
Papa Roach drummer and that's why he's always wearing the shirts and stuff. I have a lot of
respect for them.
PRP: What kind of
contemporary music are you listening to right now?
Christian: I'm more
into the production side of things, lately when I listen to music I always
listen to the production as that's where my heart has been at for the last two
years. I'm trying to become more of a producer. I did a couple of producing
jobs, I did one with B-Real for this movie for Roadrunner. Its a
movie that's coming out called "Bully" by the same guy that did
"Kids" and "Gummo" - ?? Clark (Larry Clark). One kid bully's
the other one and in the end they decide to kill him. It's a true story, it
happened a few years ago and the kid is on death-row right now for the electric
chair. The soundtrack has like Dre, Eminem, Ghost Face
Killa and a few roadrunner bands on it. This new project I've started with B-Real
as well, its called Audio Hustlers which is a new production company
and I did the song for that for the movie
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