KK: That’s when I
met my wife, that’s how actually I fell in love with my wife because
we--she loved to record stuff. She went to Mexico, and like I met her
when I was twenty two, and like she played me all these recordings that
she did on this little tape recorder of like little Mexican kids singing,
it was really beautiful. I was like shit you know, that’s the
only way you should record, one or two mics. And she loved Elvis and
all this crap and I kinda brought black rock & roll into her life,
she’s a German and I love her like crazy. We’ve been married
for seven years and it’s been fucking amazing. She’s the
greatest woman I have ever met and I’m very happy that I met her.
Any ways Moon Studios started when me and Lil Mama, Lil Mama Khan, God
bless her soul, and we started recording stuff in our living room. I
would be recording and doing like the engineering kind of shit and she
would be cooking the best food ever, and that’s why the Black
Lips did their last record at my house because they were unsatisfied
with the recording they did in California and then Moon Studios saved
their asses. And that’s kinda like what stated the Death Cult
and everything, it all spiraled from like just the spirit of making
rock & roll really good and saving rock & roll from the pathetic
piece of shit that it had become. In 90’s I think the Devil Dogs
put all the jocks back in their fuckin’ place.
started Moon Studios in Berlin, Germany in 1999, link: myspace.com/moonstudiosberlin)
FB: What bands are part of the Death Cult? I have heard you
mention the Spits, the Black Lips, yourselves....
KK: The newest band that joined the Death Cult is Live Fast Die, those
guys are in the Death Cult. Demon’s Claws have always been a Death
Cult (band), Spits, Black Lips, us, Gris Gris, my Shrines, and I guess
that’s pretty much it for now. You know what I never wanted this
Death Cult to like go out of proportion and be like, “Oh, Death
Cult fanzine”, and all this bullshit. It’s basically the
idea of a Death Cult is that like you know I was really saved by rock
& roll like two or three years ago when I heard the Black Lips and
Gris Gris, and all these bands, Spits, and all that shit, like I was
living lonely in fucking Germany and I missed all my friends so much.
You know I moved over when I was 22, that’s when I had my first
baby, and I was like really missing all my brothers and when I heard
these records of these bands I was like, “Fuck, you know rock
& roll is alive again”, I was so proud and happy. When we
came to America and we toured with the Black Lips I was telling them
I want these people in the Death Cult and like we had all these little
magical rituals that we started, and they really work. I won’t
divulge any information because that would be unsacred. But every one
that I wanted in the Death Cult is now in the Death Cult and we are
the ultimate people to decide who is in the Death Cult. And I think
that by joining these people--and In The Red Records also, well Larry
tells me he wants to sign every Death Cult band. So I have a little
bit of control now and I think the Death Cult is gonna change the fuckin’
FB: Did you do both the King Khan & BBQ albums at Moon?
KK: No, the first one was recorded at--DM Bob, our friend in Hamburg,
he’s like a New Orleans expatriate, actually no he’s from
Baton Rouge. He’s got the got the greatest record collection ever
man, like he’s got all the soul shit that you could ever imagine
from Louisiana, like he’s just got everything religiously packed
away in his walls. He’s a great person and we record the first
album, we did six songs the first session, the first album was done
in two years, like in two separate sessions, six songs, six songs. Actually
we did more than that, we’re gonna re-release it on an official
release on In The Red in a couple of months, like of the first album
with all the out takes and shit and a DVD also. That shit is like, it
was really funny because me and Mark, actually after we recorded the
first six songs, we got into a huge fight and like we didn’t want
to talk to each other any more and I was like “Fuck you”,
and he was like, “Fuck you”, and we split because he lived
with me for two months and my family and everything, and it got really
sour and shit. And then my wife was listening to these six songs that
we had recorded and she was like, “Shit, that’s the best
shit you have ever done. You should keep doing that. Make up with Mark
and like fix all that shit.”. So in a lot of ways my wife actually
saved the King Khan & BBQ Show, and that’s why I love her
FB: What can we expect on the DVD?
KK: A lot of fucking crazy shit. Unfortunately I lost all the footage
that I had from like the first Death Cult tour. I have a lot of pictures
actually that you’ll see on that from the Death Cult tour, like
in New Orleans and shit, before Katrina and stuff. But basically the
DVD is to show you that America is a fuckin’ beautiful, beautiful,
beautiful wasteland of like wonderful people and we are one percent
of the like the chosen ones, and the chosen ones will always dominate
over the fucking idiot, and wear a dress and teabag jocks.
When are the Shrines going to record again? Your last LP was 2004?
KK: Yeah, yeah, we got a new album coming out. Actually Greg Ashley
from the Gris Gris is gonna produce the next one and In The Red is gonna
put it out like some time next year. But I wanna take my time with this
one, you know? The second one that we recorded we did it really way
too fast and it was for like--because of business reasons. You should
never try to make an album for a tour, ‘cause that’s fucking
bullshit, you should just make an album because it’s an album
and not like because your in stress. So this next album with the Shrines
is gonna be more garage and more punk and more psychedelic and less
funk I guess and more just soul, it’s gonna be good.
FB: Any chance that your stuff will come out in the U.S. and
be more accessible?
KK: Yeah, In The Red’s gonna put out the next Shrines record for
sure but we’re just gonna take our time to record it and I really
want to get Greg Ashley to record it because I think he’s got
one of the best ears in rock & roll right now, and he does everything
real simple. My little sister used to always say, “Keep it simple,
stupid”, that’s like the most important thing in rock &
roll. So K.I.S.S., keep it simple stupid, although I never kiss my sister,
but I did kiss Mark’s Mother.
FB: Any more Mind Controls stuff coming out?
BBQ: I was supposed to record with them a few weeks ago but I broke
this wrist and it’s just healing now.
KK: Mind Controls are fucking awesome, and there’s a live on the
radio thing that’s amazing that will hopefully come out.
FB: Any more solo BBQ stuff coming out?
BBQ: Yeah, I’ve got a new Mark Sultan thing.
KK: He’s gonna do an album with Barry Manilow, it’s called
MANilow, MAN capital letters.
BBQ: No, I’ve got an album on In The Red called the Sultanic Versus
coming out in....
You did an album for Rip Off, a band called the Black Jaspers...
KK: Oh, you heard that? How’d you get it?
FB: I never heard it, but I have heard of it though.
KK: No way, that’s awesome. Actually Larry really loved it, from
In The Red. You know what I’m a fuckin’ lazy motherfucker
and I don’t send that shit out to any one, I sent that out to
one person and he’s like a rock-a-billy motherfucker, and I love
him but like he’s not into punk shit. Actually Rip Off was supposed
to put it out at first and he was all over it and then he was like,
“I don’t have any money, I have to put out the ughh...”,
then he got plastic surgery and fuckin’ ruined his reputation.
(Laughter) So fuck that motherfucker. That’s gonna come out because
In The Red’s gonna do a compilation, a three record compilation
it’s called The Best Of Moon Studios, and there’s gonna
be some Black Lips on it, hopefully some Spits, Demon’s Claws,
and like a bunch of bands. I’m gonna record it--I’ve recorded
already about like half of it, but I’ve got to record the next
in the next year and that’s gonna come out in a three record box
set. It’s for the Death Cult.
What can we expect for future releases and tours?
KK: You know what I think the next album is gonna be way better than
even the new album that we did. I love the new album that we did but
unfortunately, because of the circumstances, like we didn’t get
to jam as much as we did. Like the first album was really you know two
years of work that we used to jam in this Nazi bunker all the time and
drink tons of beer together and write songs like "Fish Fight"
and like, there was a lot of collaboration. I think the best songs that
we do are collaborations, you know? The second record is a lot more
like I do more of the punky kind of stuff and then BBQ does the great
ballads, "Why Aren’t You Lying" (Why Don't You Lie?
--ed) is like a collaboration. We want to have more time and just like,
like the last album was basically like we worked maybe three or four
weeks on it rather than like two years. So we’ll take more time
and make it more psychedelic and more beautiful and more doo wop, and
anything that will piss off all the internet geeks that are complaining
about the album.
coming back next year to tour the States?
KK: Hell yeah, you know what actually it’s kind of a secret but
like The Cramps actually like really love What’s For Dinner and
like so they called Larry up and said they listened to it over and over
again so they want, well hopefully they’re gonna want us to tour
with them on the next tour, and the next tour is gonna be awesome because
the Cramps got like the girl from White Zombie is gonna play guitar
with them. They’re actually releasing rare stuff from like the
Gravest Hits, like the old Cramps shit like Alex Chilton recordings
that have never been released, so the next tour they’re gonna
do is like strictly old songs from the like the first few records and
so we’re hopefully gonna be lucky enough to support that. If that
happens then fuck, I’m gonna be the happiest motherfucker ever,
I’m gonna wear Poison Ivy stalkings.
KING KHAN &
BBQ SHOW LINKS:
Khan & BBQ Show Myspace
Khan & The Shrines Myspace
interview on FB