Se7en4 has made a lineup change, welcoming guitarist Chris Williams into the band. Earlier in December, Se7en4 played at the Viper Room in West Hollywood, where Williams made his Se7en4 debut. For more information, visit www.facebook.com/se7en4. Williams was kind enough to answer the Lucky 13; here are his answers.
What was the first concert you attended?
A concert called Smoke Out when I was, like, 14 years old. It was 311, Limp Bizkit and System of a Down. It definitely made me want to play a show one day, even though I wouldn’t get into music until I was 21 years old.
What was the first album you owned?
Metallica’s Master of Puppets.
What bands are you listening to right now?
I listen to so much different music, and I go through phases, and currently, my phase is Falling in Reverse, Highly Suspect, The Pretty Reckless and A Day to Remember. Yeah, I’m all over the damn place.
What artist, genre or musical trend does everyone love, but you don’t get?
Mumble rap. It is just ridiculous. But these dudes are making money doing it; I will, of course, give my respects to any musician who finds a way to make money doing what they love.
What musical act, current or defunct, would you most like to see perform live?
Honesty, Mötley Crüe. Mötley Crüe back in the Sunset Strip days would have been fucking awesome. That was rock ’n’ roll at its funnest.
What’s your favorite musical guilty pleasure?
Elton John. Honestly, I don’t really feel guilty, because his songs and albums are structured so damn well. Wow! What a great songwriter.
What’s your favorite music venue?
I just played at the Viper Room, and it was pretty damn awesome, so there for now. But Se7en4 is playing the Rainbow in Hollywood in February possibly, so that may be my favorite. I don’t know. I’m just eager to play the shit out of the Hollywood venues.
What’s the one song lyric you can’t get out of your head?
“I’m ready for love and I’m ready for war, but I’m ready for more,” “My Name Is Human,” Highly Suspect.
What band or artist changed your life? How?
Ozzy Osbourne—well, the Randy Rhoads days anyway, because (Osbourne’s guitarist) Randy Rhoads had a slick way of melding classical with metal/rock, and it was really a game-changer for me, because it let me know I could have a love for classical and rock, and use one to benefit the other in my practice regimen.
You have one question to ask one musician. What’s the question, and who are you asking?
I’m asking Freddie Mercury: How does one just let go and just be who they know they are on the inside as an artist and performer? He had courage, and was a true performer.
What song would you like played at your funeral?
“Goodbye Yellow Brick Road” by Elton John.
Figurative gun to your head, what is your favorite album of all time?
Easy: Appetite for Destruction by Guns N’ Roses. It’s hands down one of the most in-your-face, bad-ass, epic and immortal rock albums ever produced.
What song should everyone listen to right now?
“Simple Man” by Lynyrd Skynyrd. Everyone should listen to that song. (Scroll down to hear it.)