Chris Holmes Interview – In this interview we talk about the latest Let It Roar music video which has gone viral, guitars and tones. Chris Holmes former guitarist for heavy metal band W.A.S.P.
In this interview…
- The video Let It Roar has gotten more then 100k views in 2 weeks.
- Creating a unique music video with time and imagination. The inspiration to create this type of video.
- How important the music videos in the industry today. How do they compare to videos from 20 years ago.
- Talks about his coolest guitars and collection now as well as his favorite.
- The goals as a musician Chris has yet to achieve.
- Creating the guitar tone from the beginning to now.
- How important he considers album artwork to be now that music is mostly downloaded.
- The process of songwriting in his eyes.
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Chris Holmes Biography
Chris Holmes is a heavy metal guitarist and songwriter who grew up in La Canada, California. Holmes started his musical career in the Pasadena, California area in the late 1970s and early 1980s. He is best known as the lead guitarist of heavy-metal band W.A.S.P. Together with Blackie Lawless and Randy Piper, he was one of the founding members of the band. Holmes was a member of W.A.S.P. first from 1982 to 1990, and again from 1996 to 2001.
In 2010, he joined Where Angels Suffer with Randy Piper (W.A.S.P.) on guitar, Steve Unger (Metal Church) on bass, Rich Lewis (Animal), on vocals, and Stet Howland on drums (Blackfoot, Lita Ford, Killing Machine, Belladonna, Impellitteri, Sister and W.A.S.P.).
Chris Holmes joined W.A.S.P in 1983, and remained with the group until 1990. In 1996 Holmes rejoined W.A.S.P and remained lead guitarist until 2001. Holmes has not played with W.A.S.P since.
Holmes’ contribution to the 1988 documentary is perhaps the most memorable, as he was interviewed while floating in a swimming pool, fully clothed and visibly quite intoxicated while his mother sat poolside. The interview stood out in stark contrast to the more light-hearted and humorous interviews conducted by director Penelope Spheeris, which mostly portrayed rockers as good-natured, though often dimwitted or deluded, party animals. During the interview, Chris Holmes smiled drunkenly at the camera, deeming himself “a full-blown alcoholic” and “a piece of crap” despite his band’s success, and punctuated his remarks by guzzling from three bottles of vodka. At the end of the interview, Holmes upends a full bottle of Smirnoff over his head as he rolls out of his inflatable chair and into the water.
On November 26, 2012, Chris released his first album solo Nothing To Lose and decided to produce, manage and distribute it himself along with his wife. After the success of his first Album, Chris started recording his second solo album, Shitting Bricks. The Release date is yet to be confirmed. Chris and his current wife, Catherine Sarah Holmes, currently reside near Los Angeles, CA.
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