The music business has changed quite a bit since Wayne Static and his fellow band mates first entered the scene back in '94. They're more than aware of that.
"Everything is internet-based now," says Static. "Before it was this huge deal to get signed to a major label. It's not like that anymore."
And though many groups have decided to change their style or tweak their music to fit in with what's hip today, you won't find the men of Static X transforming into anything but a better version of themselves. If their front man's commitment to still rocking that Bart Simpson-esqe quaff isn't enough evidence of that, their music certainly is.
Their brand of what they refer to as "evil disco," hasn't found itself at the forefront of public taste is what seems like quite some time, but one look at their discography and you'll notice that hasn't stopped them from continuing to make successful records or taking their music on the road.
Hitting the road once again this year, Static is as excited to be making his away across the country and performing in front of devoted fans as he was when the band first got together almost two decades ago.
"The tour is badass," says Static. "It is a great show. Come on out."
For the circut they're currently embarked on this summer, Static says he's sticking to familiar favorites and songs the group hasn't played in years.
"We're playing a lot of really old stuff, stuff for the hardcore fans," says Static.
According to the frontman, those hardcore fans include a wider range of ages than you might assume. "We get everyone from ten-year-old kids to people in their 50s," he says. And when we annunciated our atonishment that folks who've survived half a century would be nu metal superfans, Static was quick to remind us, that's really not that old.
Almost 50 himself, Static clearly isn't letting a number get him down. Not only does he spend a majority of his time on tour, but he's also keeping up with his band when they're not on the road as well as another endeavor he holds particualarly close.
After releaseing Pighammer, his first solo album, Static is clearly back on board with the band, writing new music and preparing to record a new album. "We have all kinds of new music," he says.
So is that the last we'll hear of solo Static? We wouldn't count on it, especially considering he sounds like a man who likes his creative freedom.
"Not having to compromise or argue or add parts that the other guys wanted was really nice," he says. "I might do another solo record, we'll see."
At 46, one might wonder when Static will decide to call it quits and move to Boca Raton, but it doesn't sound like he's thinking of retirement anytime soon.
"I don't think I would know what to do with myself if I quit touring," he says. "I like it half and half. I like my time and home and my time on tour." | RDW
Static-X • 8/18, 5 p.m. • Harpo's • 14238 Harper Avenue, Detroit • 313.824.1700 • harposconcertheatre.com • $17