Franck Védrines of TV Rock Live recently conducted an interview with former W.A.S.P. guitarist Chris Holmes. You can now watch the chat below.
Speaking about how the music industry has changed in the last three decades, Holmes said: “Well, it’s digital recording. In the ’80s… you know, when you recorded at home, you had a cassette deck with two tracks, and just to get a multi recording, you had to go into a multi-track studio [and record using] two-inch tape recorders [with] 24 tracks. So you had to work out all the songs, go and do the drums first, then record the music on after. But nowadays it’s digital. You don’t even need… You can do songs any which way if you decide to do ’em, you know, on a computer. It’s way better now. You don’t need all the jerks sucking your money out of your pocket from the record labels and all that crap.”
Holmes also talked about the differences between performing live and recording in the studio. He said: “Live and recording are two different things. A lot of people use their sounds recording on stage, but you have to link it up to the drums — sampling and stuff. I’ll never do that. I like to play live, like the old rock and roll guys. When I first saw DEEP PURPLE in ’72 play. W.A.S.P. used a click track for sampling and stuff. To me, that’s really not music. Playing live… Live and recording are two different things. I still use the same live sound I used in ’82 — still today. I like it. I’m not gonna change nothing.”
Holmes‘s latest album, “Shitting Bricks”, was released earlier in the year via M & O Music.
Holmes joined W.A.S.P. in 1982 and remained with the group until 1990. In 1996, Holmes rejoined W.A.S.P. and stayed with the band until 2001. Holmes has not played with W.A.S.P. since.