If you’re ever looking for Orlando Welsh, just look for his easy-to-spot hair—and, yes, it’s real. I’ve personally been able to find him in crowds at events from Coachella to the Vans Warped Tour, where he’s been in attendance as a professional photographer. Welsh is also a local musician, and has been in Metroid, Mingtran and Break Dance Vietnam. He now has a project with Metroid bandmate Ryan Jovian called High Fantasy (sometimes stylized as HGH FNTSY); they have put up some tracks on music sources including Spotify and Apple Music. For more information, visit www.hghfntsy.com. Welsh was kind enough to answer the Lucky 13; here are his answers.
What was the first concert you attended?
When I was super-young, my parents took our family to see the Pointer Sisters. I wouldn’t really consider it a concert, but they had a nice stage. It was at some county fair in Kentucky. But I actually consider Lollapalooza to be my first concert. It was the year Green Day and Smashing Pumpkins headlined; The Pharcyde played too—oh, and the Beastie Boys. Damn! That was so epic, and it was the first time I saw a full-blown mosh pit. Unfortunately, I was caught up in the middle of it. I didn’t know what to do, so I got wrecked, but it was so much fun.
What was the first album you owned?
The Jacksons’ Destiny album. It had such an epic cover, and we used to play that on repeat on my dad’s record player.
What bands are you listening to right now?
Goldfinger, nothing,nowhere, Tame Impala, Dreamcar, Tidal Babes, Skepta, Das EFX, The Cure, and HGH FNTSY.
What artist, genre or musical trend does everyone love, but you don’t get?
Corny-ass country music where the lyrics are just really silly. I am sorry if I offend anyone, but the super-corny stuff makes me laugh—but not all country music is corny, though. There’s some awesome stuff like that one Lady Antebellum song where the dude says, “Another shot of whiskey.” I like that song, and I can relate to them on that song. I love Stagecoach, but not as much as Coachella.
What musical act, current or defunct, would you most like to see perform live?
Nirvana! I wish I had gone to one of their concerts when I was kid. I think Kurt Cobain is the truth.
What’s your favorite musical guilty pleasure?
Old Mariah Carey songs and music videos, especially that collaboration she did with Ol’ Dirty Bastard. I’m constantly playing her old music videos on YouTube, and if you come to my house, you have been warned: You will probably watch some Mariah videos.
What’s your favorite music venue?
The Glass House in Pomona. I love that place so much, and the people who run it are so nice.
What’s the one song lyric you can’t get out of your head?
“Daylight licked me into shape, I must have been asleep for days. And moving lips to breathe her name, I opened up my eyes. And found myself alone, alone, alone above a raging sea. That stole the only girl I loved and drowned her deep inside of me,” The Cure, “Just Like Heaven.”
What band or artist changed your life? How?
Michael Jackson. After I saw the “Thriller” video, my life was never the same. I became obsessed with music and music videos. I’m still obsessed. It’s one of the reasons I play music.
You have one question to ask one musician. What’s the question, and who are you asking?
I would ask Kurt Cobain: “Can you stay a little longer?”
What song would you like played at your funeral?
“Hey Suburbia” by Screeching Weasel, or Prince’s “When Doves Cry.”
Figurative gun to your head, what is your favorite album of all time?
The Get Up Kids’ Something to Write Home About.
What song should everyone listen to right now?
“Strange Symmetry” by Arwelone featuring HGH FNTSY. (Scroll down to hear it.)