We here at Faygoluvers.net know Twiztid fans are usually super happy to read/view new interviews regarding them. Shortly before Twiztid was to meet and greet the fans who had paid for the Majik Ninja Entertainment’s VIP experience at the X-Ray Arcade in Cudahy, Wisconsin, Far Out Magazines’s Mike Milenko had a quick chat with one half of ‘The Demented Duo,’ Jamie Madrox of Twiztid. Mike caught up with Madrox, as he was still energized from the fans’ ecstatic reception to the Generation Nightmare tour; another addition to the MNE trophy cabinet.
Here’s a snippet of Far Out Magazine’s new interview with Jamie Madrox:
Mike: You’ve just finished performing for The Vans Warped 25th Anniversary Tour, that must have been amazing?
Jamie: Yeah it was. The last show Twiztid performed at was in San Francisco, California on 21st July. It was awesome to be invited back. The first time we went on the cross country tour earlier this year, it was amazing and we felt like we became part of the Vans Warped Tour family, so when they actually invited us back one more time to celebrate the end of it, man, we felt honoured, it was just an amazing feeling.
M: With your new album ‘Generation Nightmare, we see you’re constantly evolving your music with new flows, new styles and different face paint, what direction are you headed and what is next for Twiztid?
J: I don’t know, the only thing I can say for certain is that the evolution will continue. I think that one thing we are blessed to be able to do is to be ever evolving and ever changing because Paul and I are not very complacent, we like to grow and we’re firm believers that it’s not fair to give your listeners the same record with a different cover and a different title. I’ve seen a lot of people in the industry do that and it’s disheartening to me because as a fan of some of those people, I look for them to grow as well, you know, I wanna grow with them. I know that a lot of people are afraid to take those valiant efforts and those changes and put them into play because, you know, that kinda shit can kill a career, but kudos to those who actually take a chance and evolve.
M: Twiztid have a huge following in the UK and Majik Ninja Entertainment artist Lex ‘The Hex’ Master performed over here at Sarah Clark’s Manjester Juggalo Gathering recently. Have Twiztid any plans to tour the UK?
J: I never say never, we are actually trying to line up some stuff right now, it’s been forever since we’ve been to the UK so getting promoters and venues to just say ‘oh yeah, perfect, we’re down’ is a little bit harder than you would expect because a lot of that behind the scenes shit is all about, you know, how many tickets do you sell, when was the last time you were over here, that kind of thing. So it all goes into play and down to business, but nevertheless, as we speak the behind the scenes guys are out there crunching numbers and trying to make it happen, so yeah, I’m excited, I’d love to return. One of my favourite memories back in the day was while performing in London, we were literally unknown and just the love we got and the response to us was like a great vibe, it just let me know that there are no boundaries on our sound.
M: Twiztid have always performed as a duo but recently you’ve been joined by a third member, a drummer; Drayven, is he an official third member?
J: He’s officially in the band, like when we do the live performances we’ve been trying to integrate him into the band more. Twiztid will always be me and Paul; Madrox and Monoxide, but when we go out and play those shows, those festivals he adds an extra energy to us and I feel he brings out a lot more in us, we go harder because we can hear him beating the shit out of the drums and the rock takes over. It’s part of the evolution too, it’s part of growing and picking up things and evolving. Drayven was another evolution of the band. When we first hooked up with him and started finding out that he’s a lot like us and then not too long after that he started playing drums on a few tracks, you can totally hear his production and some of the things he actually brought to the table for Generation Nightmare. He definitely earns his keep, let’s just say that.
M: To a person who has just discovered Twiztid’s music for the first time, where would you suggest they start?
J: Oh, erm, to be blatantly honest, I think that this is gonna be a fucked up scenario, but I consider your first listen to anything like that, such as your first kiss or first piece of ass, it’s like I don’t wanna say which one you should do, you won’t find it, our music will find you. You may be in a restaurant and all of a sudden you hear Magic Spellz on the speakers and you’re like what the fuck is this and you Shazam it on your phone and you’re like ‘Twiztid?, I gotta Google them, holy fuck, they have a discography of music, a cavalcade of shit I’ve never heard in my life’ or you’re somewhere and hear somebody playing (our album) Mutant, Mutant is 14 years old as of two days ago but you might just stumble on it tomorrow and be like ‘oh my God, where the hell has this record been my whole life?’ And because of that record you dive into Freek Show or (go) backwards or forwards, it all depends on what part of us finds you.
M: Majik Ninja Entertainment has one of the best line ups since the glory days of Insane Clown Posse’s Psychopathic Records, have you got any new signings lined up?
J: I think we are gonna concentrate on who we have for the moment. When we first started we may or may not have been a little overzealous. We started grabbing talent left and right and much like anything, once you sit with it and see what the people enjoy and more importantly, how the artist reacts to the people, to the listeners; like how do they embrace their fans, do they have a relationship with them, do they care? You know, all of those things factor into it in my opinion, what will make a star? – It’s more than just grabbing your nuts and rapping, there’s more than that, there’s a social media presence, you actually have to go out and meet the people and be respectful, and always be humble, not just full of hot air, you know? It makes for the longevity of an artist or band or whatever the case may be, because nobody wants to meet their hero and have them be a douchebag, you know?