In this week's issue of Kerrang! magazine Bill Gould talks about his life in music and Faith No More.
"Punk was this subculture where you could be who you want and not answer to anyone."
He discusses his early influences, The Animated (his first band), the foundation of FNM, Koolarrow Records and the future of FNM. The article is written by Paul Brannigan, who has conducted some classic interviews for Kerrang! over the years. Photos by Ryan Tuttle.
On his early influences.
"My father was really into music - Led Zeppelin,The Beatles, David Bowie - and about a year before I bought that Elton John record he took me to see Bowie live.That gig showed me that music isn't just about music, that it was about a lifestyle which was different to my middle class American upbringing. It taught me that music is a gateway into another world."
On the importance of FNM in his life.
"Well, I dropped out of school to be in a band, thinking. This is what I'm going to do with my life. So when Faith No More got successful I took it personally, because it was kind of a validation of the choices I'd made in life.Then when the band split, I felt like I couldn't separate myself from that, because I felt that it was the only validation I had in my life, and I'd lost my identity. It took me close to a decade to figure out that I was not necessarily my band "
On the future of FNM.
"That I don't know. I'm open to any outcome. If we do another one It'll be because we're 100 per cent behind it if not, I don't see the point. There's so much shit out there and so much noise, the world doesn't need a half-hearted Faith No More record."
Pick up your copy of Kerrang! issue 03/03/18 at newstands now.