Q&A With the Kottonmouth Kings
By Peter Amirato, SRH Productions
We hear Hopper used to be your road manager; he now writes a monthly column as the Chronisseur for NUG, any interesting stories you care to share about our boy Hopper being on the road with you guys?
Brad X: Hopper was the tour manager, so that meant he was in charge. He was the guy that was supposed to keep us in line. He partied harder than anybody I had ever met. He could get weed in any city or country we were in. The party never stopped and he always got our money, unless we were in Vegas or Reno where we would gamble our guarantees. We love Hopper, he has a heart of gold; but if we kept going at the pace we were going, someone would have died.
Dirtball: I wasnâ€™t in the group at the time, but Iâ€™ve always had a great time with Hopper! Super good dude, suuuuper good weed!!
What were some of your favorite festivals over the summer and were any of them cannabis friendly?
Brad X: I always love the outdoor hippie weed festivals. We kind of stick out like a sore thumb; sometimes we are tripping as hard on the audience as they are on us. The gathering of the Juggalos is a fucking free-for-all and amazing, unlike anything Iâ€™ve ever experienced. There was a wild festival up in Humboldt County deep in the mountains that was memorable.
Dirtball: Iâ€™d have to say the Hookah Fest we played in Ohio! It was on some old Indian burial grounds in this dope valley! Â The Grateful Dead played there a few times and, by the killer layout, I see why! Â Tons of bud, mushrooms, and whatever earthbound hallucinogens you could find! I would go back anytime! Â But, the dopest festival every year is the Gathering of the Juggalos. Â I canâ€™t explain it, just Google it and watch! Â True dedication to the underground! Â A filthy blast!
Indica, sativa, or hybrid? Any favorite strains?
Brad X: Kush, Blackberry Dream, Kings Blendâ€¦We have a grower in Cali that grew a strain named after each member of the Kings. That was pretty special.
Dirtball: Iâ€™m a sativa fan.Â I like a nice mellow buzz in the morning and a solid comatose in the evening. Â I like all varieties that are super chronic! Â Iâ€™m a big fan of purple crack or the Jack â€“ anything crip.
Do you guys read NUG often?
Brad X: READ & SMOKE â€˜EM EVERY CHANCE WE GET!
Dirtball: Iâ€™ve read it a few times, which says a lot coming from a small town in Oregon.
Pakileka was at the SD Medical Cup a few months ago, is this something you guys are interested in being a part of, especially with the cannabis movement in California?
Brad X: Lou Dog is the Assistant Director of NORML. We have made different contributions to the movement, but I would like to think the biggest is our music and message: â€œlegalize freedom!â€
What are your thoughts on Prop. 19 failing?
Brad X: We came close. Itâ€™s just a matter of time before the walls come crashing down. Itâ€™s time to end prohibition. Iâ€™m proud of how far the movement has come in the last ten years.
Dirtball: Again, being from Oregon, it doesnâ€™t surprise me. If it didnâ€™t pass in California, then it wonâ€™t be passing in Oregon anytime soon. Iâ€™m a supporter of it and down for the cause, but I manage to get by just fine with the way things are right now. Â Personally, I think I will always love the illegal part of smoking anyway, so it wonâ€™t affect me either way.
Where do you see the cannabis movement in 4 years?
Brad X: We can only push things forwardâ€¦I thought the world was ending in 2012?
Dirtball: I see it about the same way it is now, just on the cusp of becoming legal, but the government stopping the process. Â I hope things will progress. I will continue to do my part in pushing for it, but it seems the reality is a tough road ahead. Up here in the Northwest, marijuana has always been a very laidback thing. So, sometimes the fight for legalization seems like a smaller effort than that of California. But, I think itâ€™s just not hard to get, and police are so used to it being around that it makes it unimportant to a lot of us smokers to have it be legal. Â Of course we want it that way, but again, Iâ€™m just fine sketchinâ€™ out a little. Good for the soul. Stay on your toes.
How have your lifestyle and your fans evolved from the start to now?
Brad X: People are people; the more things change, the more they stay the same. Life is a cycle of experiences. I want to musically expand and get better with time. It has been a long strange trip the last 15 years; it feels like revolution is in the air. Itâ€™s time for some radical changes. People are not always comfortable with change. We thrive in uncomfortable environments.
Dirtball: I have always maintained the same lifestyle and the same mindset. The more fans you gain, the more capability you have for delivering a message and being heard! That is what is so cool about a lot of the social networks now-a-days. You can track the number of followers or friends and really pinpoint what info you want to deliver and to whom. This takes the word â€˜fansâ€™ to a whole new evolution. Basically, technology has enhanced my lifestyle and the evolution of fandom, which is a positive!
What does SRH mean to you?
Brad X: Hard work, years of dedicationâ€¦Still wreaking havoc.
Dirtball: SRH has been a big part of my life since around 1996.Â It has represented a way of living and a way of being to me. Iâ€™m an outdoorsman, sport enthusiast, and a hardcore stoner. Been that way my whole life, so SRH and the ideas behind it fit me. It is the same way I feel about Suburban Noize Records. Â It is a mindset, a culture, and an independent model of success!