Brian “Head” Welch

Written by on November 17, 2011 in Interviews, November 17, 2011 - 1 Comment

Brian WelchOn October 24th, I had the pleasure of sitting down with Brian Welch to ask a few questions before his show at The Norva on 10/24. Such a great guy, very personable, makes you feel like you’re talking to a friend and his story is amazing to me, to go from the lead singer of a successful band like “Korn” to basically starting over after giving his life over to Jesus.

All Access Magazine (AAM): I know the new album is coming out in 2012. What can the fans expect from it?

BW: Better music quality, better melodies, and better guitar riffs. It’s like a makeover, being in a different place.

AAM: How would you describe your music to someone who has never heard it before?

BW: Heavy and positive. I do but don’t want to always play the old hits. I want to share some of my trials through the music. It’s like a fire burning inside and it had to come out.

AAM: When you were a kid, did you want to be a musician when you grew up?

BW: Oh yeah, I always did. I wanted to be like Ozzy, Ratt, Motley Crue, Metallica, I would tear the covers off of magazines and put them all over my walls with their other posters.

AAM: What is your favorite song to perform live?

BW: My favorite is “Paralyzed” because of the energy from the band and the crowd. Also some of the Korn songs because of the energy as well.

AAM: How do you stay motivated day in and day out to do your concerts?

BW: The human body is not meant to be constantly moving. There is tension on the road at times with myself and the guys but you need to deal with it, fight your mind and you will come through it.

AAM: How do you prepare yourself mentally before each concert?

BW: There is always a certain amount of tension. You have to tell yourself “This is my job, it’s what I do”. It’s 50% fun because of the music. This time has been less stressful because of my daughter being with me but then we do butt heads like fathers and daughters do.

AAM: How did you get involved with the charities that you are with?

BW: Through an acquaintance that went to India. Mochaclub.com is basically saying that for the price of 2 mochas, you can help save people from prostitution and sexual slavery in Ethiopia. Usually about 3 out of every 300 people sign up and you know more people can spare that but I don’t know they just don’t do it.

AAM: What has been your biggest adjustment?

BW: Being the front guy, the crowds are so much smaller sometimes you have less than 1000 people and you go out there and think “Really?”, But then there is always the chance that there is one person out there that you can reach and it makes it all worth it. But it makes you question Why? Is it the Christian thing that turns them off because that’s not what I want to do. Plus I have a sailors mouth.

AAM: Is there anything else you would like to say to your fans and the readers of All Access Magazine?

BW: The video for Paralyzed is coming out in 2 weeks. Thanks for the supports. It’s a new season, we are in a better place and it’s time to blow it open.

I would like to thank Brian for taking the time to sit down with me and answering my questions.