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Rob Zombie15 minutes with Rob Zombie
By Naughty Mickie  notymickie@earthlink.ent

Rob Zombie is a musician, film director, screen writer and producer and an artist. His music career began with White Zombie in 1985, he went solo in 1998 and has remained successful. His most ventures include "Hellbilly Deluxe 2" (Roadrunner Records/Loud & Proud Records), which features three new songs, a music video, a DVD tour documentary and more, and being named director of "The Lords of Salem" (Haunted Movies) a movie about the return of a 300 year old coven of witches. He's also hit the road with his band, guitarist John 5, bassist Piggy D and drummer Joey Jordison, on a series of dates with Alice Cooper.

Zombie sounded tired on the phone, but who wouldn't be, squeezing interview after interview in between business meetings and rehearsals. With only 15 minutes allowed for our chat, I tried to cover as much ground as possible.

 DB: What is your writing process?

 RZ: I don't know what the process is after all these years. Basically, it always fluctuates when I'm working with different people. At this point, me and my guitar player, John 5, we write everything together more or less. We just get together and start knocking around musical ideas and once some thing's start to be laid down, I put lyrics to it. I usually do lyrics last for the most part. The songs will usually sound like something to me, that will inspire it.

 DB: As busy as you are, how do you balance your life.

 RZ: I don't. (Zombie laughs). It's madness all the time essentially.

 DB: What do you think is the secret to your success?
RZ: Being slightly insane probably. I never stop working, I just keep at it and I always want things to be as great as I can make it. I'm very paranoid in that way. I never relax.

 DB: Did you know what you wanted to do for a career when you were a child?

 RZ: I just knew that they were things I liked to do. I loved art, music, movies, TV and everything like that and I knew I wanted to be involved in that in some fashion, but I didn't think it was realistic necessarily, as a kid you just don't know. But I also knew I didn't want to waste my life doing some job I hated. If I'm bored with something I can't put 10 minutes of thought into it, but if it's something I'm excited about I'll just kill myself working on it. That's how I've always been. The first thing I ever did as a kid was art, painting and drawing and things like that. I think that's what every little kid does for the most part.

 DB: Did you go to college?

 RZ: I went to art college (Parsons the New School for Design in New York) for a little while, but then I got bored with that.I don't like school period, even if it's something like that, so I went for about two years and then I dropped out.

 DB: Do you have any hobbies? I heard you like L.A. Kings hockey.Rob Zombie

 RZ: I would go to hockey a lot, I haven't gone in a couple years. We had season tickets and would go to every game, I think I burned myself out on it. What I do for a living is what I like to do so I'm not ever really looking to get a break from that.

 DB: What can fans expect at your concerts?

 RZ: It's a huge show. Obviously the new show is both me and Alice Cooper together and both of us are doing full headlining shows, so it's gigantic. As I say to people, it's the greatest you'll ever see bar none, so don't miss it.

 DB: Are any of your film elements incorporated into the performance?

RZ: To a certain extent because there are songs that we play that have been part of the movies so all of the video screens will be up and used with scenes from certain movies. There's always a film element to everything I do.

DB: Tell me about your next film.

RZ: I have a new movie that's just been announced called "The Lords of Salem." I won't start that until probably March 2011 because until then I'll be touring. I'm very excited about that because the deal I struck with the producers of the film, who are the people who did "Paranormal Activity," is they've given me complete control over everything, which is what you always want. You fight for complete control, but no one usually gives it to you without a battle, but with these guys it was part of the deal right off the top. This should be one of the best experiences I've had yet making a movie.

 DB: Is it a horror film or what genre.

 RZ: This probably falls in dark thriller/horror movie. One day I would like to make a western, but this really is not.

 DB: Why a western?

 RZ: It's just the type of movie I've always loved. It probably would not be horror-bent, but I would want to modernize it in some sense because I think that younger audiences think of westerns as being boring, so you'd want to find a new twist on it keeping true to what a western would be, but finding a way to get people who might not normally be excited about it excited about it.

Time was up for us, but you can get more Rob Zombie at www.robzombie.com

 Also visit my blogs at http://mickieszoo.blogspot.com and www.insidesocal.com/doodah

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