Klayton has been the most searched “term” on my blog, before I ever posted about him. *raises eyebrows* I figured who better to have over here then the most searched man on WLP. He’s been a good sport, answering my questions whilst flying around on a plane somewhere in the sky. He’s almost as snarky as I am, which amazed me. Who knew?!
For those of you not in the know, Klayton is the man behind Celldweller. Long before Celldweller there was Circle of Dust, Argyle Park and Angeldust (along with his friend Criss Angel). Klayton’s music has appeared on all sorts of movies, TV shows (Vampire Diaries & UFC), trailers and video games. Klayton also has an independent record label, FiXT Music.
There’s the spiel, you now know a brief history of the man (for more info hit his bio here) But does he read?
What books influenced you as a child?
Maurice Sendak’s “Pierre: A cautionary tale in 5 chapters and a prologue.” I hunted down the vinyl for the song that accompanied the book recently on eBay. I WILL cover that song someday. I could sing it for you right now, but you won’t hear me through the screen and they’ll certainly kick me off this plane if I try. I guess I’ll just have to cover it proper.
Hemingway’s “The old man and the sea.” Absolute classic. I found myself identifying with the tragedy of the story even at a young age even though the most fishing i could do in New York was scooping a dead goldfish out of a bowl and flushing it down the toilet.
The Holy Bible. My mom would give me candy if i memorized Bible Verses. This is all the motivation an 8 year old needs to commit “begats” to memory.
Reader’s Digest. I would stick them down the back of my pants, hoping my parent’s wouldn’t notice it when they smacked my ass for being an insolent child. It was a very handy publication when it worked (which was almost never.The square ass kinda gave it away.)
Do you read a certain genre? Have a favorite author?
Can i just answer these both “Yes” or do i have to elaborate?
Oh… Ok. I don’t only read one genre but i certainly gravitate towards Sci-Fi and fantasy. I was a big fan of Frank Herbert’s “Dune” series. The obligatory Anne Rice Vampire Chronicles and the more futuristic works of Phillip K Dick. I grew up in a strict Christian home and wasn’t allowed to read anything other than the stuff my mom mandated as “safe.” So she would buy me these books about drug addicts, hookers and con artists who turned their lives around. What she didn’t understand was that i was learning about the world through these people’s stories. I loved the “before” parts of the story and as soon as they were getting ready to turn their lives around, i’d dump the book and move onto the next one.
(P.S. Don’t tell my mom.)
What are you reading now or the last book you read?
Right now I’m reading this email interview and it’s very fascinating. The most recent book was Phillip K Dick’s “The Three Stigmatas of Palmer Eldritch.” There was an example of a book written by an author i like, but a story I didn’t. This was too much in the ‘acid-trip’ world for me. I’d rather read about Replicants than navigate my way around a heady drug trip.
Name some authors you would like to sit down and have dinner with? (living or dead)
Did Dom Delouise write a book? if so, him. I think someone like Tolkien or CS Lewis would make my mind explode. Moses would be pretty sweet too. I can finally ask him “Were you like “no way dude!!” when the Red Sea parted??”
Can you tell us a little about the idea behind the Cellmate Mass Choir?
The “Cellmate Mass Choir” was just an idea i had to get people involved in my new album, specifically the song “The Lucky One.” I had envisioned these huge gang vocals for the “I Am” section of the chorus and the thought struck me one sleepless night to just ask everyone in the world to participate. Technology makes this so easy. So i released a clip of “The Lucky One” before it was finished, complete with an example of what I wanted and consequently hundreds of people from all over the world submitted their voices to the track. I used every single one we received. Hooray for us, we’re the lucky ones!
I’ve taken the next step in this thought process – I am currently accepting open VIDEO submissions for my live show. You can record yourself lip syncing the “I AM!!” part of the song and it will be considered to be included in the live projection during the Celldweller live show. Details here
Whats next for Celldweller?
With complete certainty I can assertively say I have no idea. I have so many ideas it’s more about having the self control to not let myself chase rabbit trails and fail to get important things done. Completing “Wish Upon a Blackstar” is a big priority as is improving and perfecting the upcoming Celldweller live show. ( This will be the first time I have toured in over 5 years. ) I also want to find time to read a good book. Send me some suggestions.
Thanks again for answering my questions Klayton (no you didn’t embarrass yourself) but you could have sang loud enough for me to hear. Hmph. You can find Klayton on Twitter here.
Catch Celldweller on tour starting Sept 3rd in Brooklyn, NY. I’ll be seeing him October 9th here in Toronto, where I will try not to embarrass myself.
Have any suggestions for Klayton’s next read? Leave them in the comments & I’ll be sure to let him know. (No Fabio either)