Twiztid's Monoxide talks Juggalos, movies, and running for president
Guess what? The Juggalos are coming back.
Once known as the protégés of the Insane Clown Posse, horror-rap duo Twiztid has spent over a decade carving out their place in the underground music scene. This week, Jamie Madrox and Monoxide bring their "Slaughterhouse Tour" through the Twin Cities with a stop at First Avenue on Thurs., April 1. We caught up with one half of Twiztid, Monoxide, over the phone this week where he gave us the lowdown on all things Juggalo.
So how's the tour so far?
Monoxide: Unbelievable. This tour has been even bigger than our last tour, and that one was right after our album came out. It's cool because we're selling out new places that we never did before; getting more Juggalos out than we've ever had.
What are your plans for the summer once this tour is over?
Monoxide: We're going back into the studio to finish our next record. This summer we've got the Gathering of the Juggalos and then we're working on getting the new album out hopefully in September.
Juggalos are getting a lot of ugly press these days with people comparing them to gangs. What do you thinks when you hear that?
Monoxide: Man, we're not a gang. The thing is, Juggalos have been around for years, but nobody in the mainstream was paying attention to us. Now, you get a couple of fucking idiots doing some stupid shit, and suddenly everybody wants to talk about how dangerous Juggalos are. I'm just saying; don't judge an entire group of people because of a couple of idiots' behavior.
You mentioned that you're getting more Juggalos to your shows than ever. Why do you think that is?
Monoxide: Right now, mainstream music is in shambles. Everyone and everything in the mainstream completely sucks and people are looking for something new, something different. Then you've got us, making music that's different than what's going on out there. Our stuff is terrifying! It's mayhem! It's murderous! (laughs) The fan base is growing because our music and the whole idea of being a Juggalo has grown. When ICP first start saying it, Juggalo was just a word. We helped make it a way of life.
A way of life?
Monoxide: Being a Juggalo is about feeling accepted. People want to listen to music and be a part of something where they aren't being judged and they feel like they're free to be themselves. That's all anyone wants.
Do you think your "average" Juggalo fan base has changed at all over the years?
Monoxide: Yeah, definitely. I look out in the crowd now and I see 55-year-old black Juggalos and I see nine-year-old Juggalos with their parents. We were in one town - I'm not going to mention which one - and I was sitting in my dressing room after a show. All of a sudden, I see seven cops coming towards me. Obviously, I start looking to make an exit, thinking I'm about to get arrested or something, but it turns out they were all Juggalos. They just wanted to say what's up and tell me they liked the show. That's the thing about us and Juggalos; we're for everyone. And for some people, we're like a guilty pleasure. We're like bad reality TV.
Are you ever worried that people - even your fans - aren't paying as much attention to your music as they are to your face paint and image?
Monoxide: The reason we wear the makeup is because we feel crappy about the idea of charging somebody 25 bucks to come to a show, and just getting up on stage in jeans and a t-shirt and rapping over a backing track. We're theatrical. When you come to one of our shows, we're giving you a whole experience on stage. We're rappers. We're actors. We put on a show. It's like being in a world inside of a world. The bottom line is that there's not another band besides ICP who can do what we do. From selling albums, tickets, merchandise and whatever else, no one can reach the level we've reached on a completely independent basis with absolutely no mainstream help.
So back to the tour for a second, what makes this one different than all the others?
Monoxide: What's unique about this tour is the setlist. The setlist is unbelievable. We play all of the favorites. Other than that, people who come to a Twiztid show know what to expect. They come to our show for the anger.
What does "the anger" mean?
Monoxide: It means you come to our show to get some aggression out. We're a different kind of show than anyone else out there; different than an ICP show. You don't come to our shows and expect to see pop flying all over the stage and shit. People who come to our show know that we're going to go out there, bust their fucking skulls open and leave.
So what are Twiztid's plans for the future? Are you guys just going to keep putting out new music or is there anything else you want to do?
Monoxide: Right now, we're looking at making movies and cartoons. The goal for us is to eventually make the transition from music into movies. I don't want to be a 50-year-old rapper, but I'll be Denzel Washington all up in this bitch!
Monoxide: Yeah, for sure. We want to start our own film company later this year, and we're hoping to actually start filming our first movie this winter. We also want to have our own animation studio. There's just so much shit we want to do. We've talked about going out on the road and doing like a stand-up comedy show, kind of like what we do during our seminars at the Gathering every year. In our eyes, music is just the first foot on that closed door of everything we want to do, and our music makes it possible to push that door open. Shit, maybe I'll run for President after I'm done with all of this! Me and Jamie running the country. That's what I'm gonna do when I'm 50!
I'm sure the country is looking forward to that day. Anything else you want to tell the Juggalos in Minneapolis about the show Thursday?
Monoxide: I love playing in Minneapolis. I just want to know who I need to talk to about getting our name on one of those silver stars on the outside of First Avenue? That would be fresh.
TWIZTID play with Potluck and Kung Fu Vampire TONIGHT, APRIL 1, at FIRST AVENUE. All ages. $22.50. 5 p.m.
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