Johnny Richter: I'm Sick Of Dealing With Kottonmouth Kings Fighting
I did see some of that going on online. I saw the Kings put something up the other day saying that they'll let the music talk.
[Laughs] Whatever, yeah whatever. They should "let the music talk," that'd be great. That just drew my point even more. I'm just kind of sick of dealing with it. It is what it is, and everybody wants to know, but the fact of the matter is now, I'm not signed to Disney. It's not the Mickey Mouse Club, and I don't shoot for Sesame Street.
The band was the Kottonmouth Kings, and we made our name on being a rowdy party band. [We were a] do what we want, don't give a fuck and all that shit [band]. I'm no angel; don't get me wrong, I don't want to paint that picture. I definitely have tried and used my fair share of things here and there, but as far as when you're getting called names like junkie and addict--that's just ridiculous. It's just stupid. I'm not sitting at home with my blinds drawn--that's the furthest thing from the truth.
I try not to respond to it, because it makes you upset. I'm moving on and doing what I need to do, and keeping positive about everything. [I'm] not focusing on what people are saying about me, because they're speaking on what they've been told, but nobody is speaking on experience. People love to talk, they love drama, and they love to get involved and voice their opinions on other people without having the full story. I see it so much on Facebook and Twitter, where kids love to get up there and internet bang, they aren't going to come to your face and start shit. No one ever does.
Did you have any of the songs on FreeKING Out already written?
I didn't. I have a whole other EP already written, actually. What I have right now, I think there are some great songs on there. You're not going to put it in and be like, "wow, this guy has a chip on his shoulder." It's a different sound and feel than what KMK does.
Were there any major roadblocks in putting that together? Did it take you long to bounce back?
No, there were none, not at all actually. I had the beats and I went in the studio and recorded them. [I] came back to do some mixes back and forth, and it was ready to go out. I try not to let anything stand in my way. Nobody can tell me that I can or can't record music.
So, if everything goes well on this tour, what do you have planned next?
I want to put another EP out in like February, and then I'm in talks right now of going out with a few other people at the end of March for a three or four week tour. Hopefully, a summer tour also. I just want to get back to making music, touring, playing shows, and having fun with it, and not [have] all the other drama and bullshit that goes with it. I think people put too much thought into such an easy thing. Grab the mic, play the beat, and spit, dude.
When I put a record out, I want to tour for it. Half of the fun is making the record, and the other half is playing it for people. Hearing stories from people about what your songs mean to them is an incredible part of making music. For the first year or two, I used to wear sunglasses on stage, because I couldn't look people in the eyes when rapping. Now, I'm at home on stage. I can get on stage with any artist, it doesn't matter how small or how big the stage is.
What is your ultimate goal with your solo career?
I would just like it to support my life. I want to be able to pay my bills by making and playing music. Really, that's the ultimate goal; and to make good music as well. I want to make songs that I like and that I'm proud of. And I want to make songs that help people out as much as other music has helped me through times in my life.
I really enjoy making music, and I want to get out there and touch on all bases and rip. I want to take it as far as I can. I want to do acoustic songs, and all different genres, and make music with other artists. I want to take my music to the masses, and be a positive influence for people.
Have you had any contact with anybody from the Kottonmouth Kings in the last couple months?
No, not really--just a couple of bullshit text messages on their part, [that were] sent to me. I don't have time to deal with these guys individually about shit like that. I don't have time to get in little arguments or fights over other people's opinions on shit. If they want to get legal, I guess we'll get legal on it, but I really don't think I have done anything wrong, and I'm not going to back down on anything that I'm doing.
At the same time, I've said nothing except that I do wish them the best, and I hope they do well. They have families and lives that are depending on it as well. I hope they do figure it out, and I hope they do well. It just wasn't for me, and I want to move on and do what I want to do and what fulfills me. That wasn't doing it, and I wasn't making the best music that I could. I wasn't getting close to tapping the well of talent that I have. I just hope everybody is rich, and happy with healthy families. I don't try to put out negative energy in this world; there's too much of that already. I'm trying to fight against that.
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