Wayne Static

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Wayne Static
WayneStatic07.jpg
Wayne Static in 2005
Background information
Birth name Wayne Richard Wells
Also known as Wayne Static
Born (1965-11-04) November 4, 1965 (age 48)
Muskegon, Michigan, U.S.
Genres Industrial metal, alternative metal, groove metal
Instruments Vocals, guitar, keyboards, programmer
Years active 1977–Present
Labels Warner Bros, Reprise, Dirthouse Records
Associated acts Static-X, Pighammer, Deep Blue Dream
Notable instruments

ESP Signature model
Epiphone Static Flying V

Dean Guitars

Wayne Static (born Wayne Richard Wells,[1][2][3][4] November 4, 1965[1][2][5][6] in Muskegon,[1] Michigan, USA[1][2][3]) is an American musician, and the former lead vocalist, guitarist, keyboardist, and music sequencer for the metal band Static-X. He released his first solo studio album, Pighammer, on October 4, 2011.

Early life[edit]

Static grew up in Shelby, Michigan before moving to Chicago and eventually California. He was three years old when he received his first toy guitar. His parents decided at age seven to get him his first real guitar, an S12 beginner model. He was given lessons, which paid off a year later when he won a talent contest playing "Skip to My Lou".[citation needed] Wayne later played in his first band at the age of 12 and at that point he decided he wanted to be a musician. In High School he played in a band for the dances with classmates.[7] Wayne attended Shelby High School and had summer jobs which included working as an asparagus picker and in a cherry canning factory.[8]

Career[edit]

After moving to Chicago, Static created the band Deep Blue Dream with Ken Jay and Bass player Eric Harris. The group was short lived as they relocated to California and Static-X was formed along with Tony Campos and Koichi Fukuda.[9]

Static is well known for his unusual hairstyle; his hair is held up in a vertical position,[10] a process that takes about 20 minutes to complete.[11] He is also known for his signature "chintail" beard.

Static announced in July 2007 that he will begin a side project, Pighammer,[12] but in a December 2007 interview with Ultimate-Guitar.com,[13] Static stated: "The Pighammer thing will happen when I have time. At the moment though, Static-X will remain my main priority."

Static appears on the cover of the 2009 Static-X release, Cult of Static. This is the final album released under the original lineup.

Static's solo album Pighammer was released on October 4, 2011.[14] As part of his Pighammer solo-project,[15] Static formed a new lineup consisting of Brent Ashley on Bass, Sean Davidson on Drums and Ashes on Guitar. In 2012, this lineup went under the name Static-X for the Noise Revolution tour. However in October 2012 the remainder of the tour was cancelled due to Static requiring medical treatment

Wayne confirmed that Static-X had disbanded in June 2013. According to Static, the disputes between himself and the band's former bassist Tony Campos over the rights to the use of Static-X name have gone way too far, forcing him to disband the four-piece.

Discography[edit]

Solo[edit]

Studio albums
Year Album Chart peaks
US

[16]

US Rock US Ind. US Hard Rock
2011 Pighammer
  • Released: October 4, 2011
  • Label: Dirthouse
  • Formats: CD, DI
97 22 16 7
TBA Methodical
Singles
  • 2011 - Assassins of Youth

Collaborations[edit]

Appearances[edit]

Equipment[edit]

  • Dean "Modifier" ML,a satin black Dean ML with a contoured top, chrome hardware and chrome covered EMG Pickups (Wayne's first use of active pickups publicly) and block inlays. This is Wayne's first endorsed Dean after leaving ESP in 2010 – 2011.[17]
  • ESP Wayne Static Signature ESP STATIC-600 EX and V with Gun Metal Blue w/ diamond plate finish (equipped with a single Seymour Duncan Distortion at the bridge)[18]
  • Static used Epiphone Wayne Static Signature Flying Vs (with neck pickups and toggle switches removed and using Seymor Duncan Distortion pickups) before being endorsed by ESP in early 2007.[19]

Personal life[edit]

Static is an atheist and vegetarian.[20][21] After a brief courtship,[22][23] he married adult film actress Tera Wray in Las Vegas on January 10, 2008.[24][25] He appears as a mystery guest on an adult film Wray hosted called Radium Vol 2.[26] They live in the high desert in Joshua Tree, California.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d Wayne Static Bio, IMDb, retrieved January 1, 2008
  2. ^ a b c Wayne Static Bio, FoxyTunes.com, retrieved January 1, 2008
  3. ^ a b Static-X to perform Wednesday, Deseret News (Salt Lake City), Jun 17, 2005, retrieved January 1, 2008
  4. ^ It has been suggested that Wayne's birthname was "Wayne Richard Myaard" but there is no evidence to support the claim. (e.g. zero hits on Google.)
  5. ^ Note that there are other sources which quote other birth years (usually 1970 and 1975), but Mr Static himself has confirmed on his blog that he was born in 1965.
  6. ^ from interview: "What's your favorite song from record Machine? Wayne: Probably the last song "December"…I actually wrote that in 1983. I was in college at Western Michigan University. It was a very cold day in December. I had a half an hour between classes of time to kill. I went to this little park I used to go to in order to studio, but it was freezing that day. I sat down and wrote the lyrics on this freezing park bench in December. I used to perform that song with an acoustic guitar, because I used to play acoustic music before I turned into the evil disco thing I am. I reinvented that song for Wisconsin Death Trip."
  7. ^ Jeff Kerby (January 22, 2004). "Kerby's Exclusive Interview with Static-X Vocalist Wayne Static". KNAC. Retrieved November 5, 2007. 
  8. ^ Spence D. (April 20, 2000). "Static X: An IGN Classic Interview". Livewire. Retrieved November 4, 2007. 
  9. ^ "Iconofan Biography". Iconofan. Retrieved November 8, 2007. 
  10. ^ It is unclear which chemical(s) Static uses to hold up his hair; candidates include hairspray and egg whites.[citation needed]
  11. ^ Wayne Static, "Start a War" digipak DVD, Warner Bros. Records, released June 14, 2005.
  12. ^ Travis Hay (July 20, 2007). "Static-X: The Ear Candy Interview". Seattle Post-Intelligencer. Retrieved November 18, 2007. 
  13. ^ Ultimate-Guitar.com
  14. ^ "Static-X Frontman To Release Solo Debut In October". Blabbermouth.net. August 4, 2011. Retrieved September 5, 2011. 
  15. ^ "Revolver Golden Gods Wayne Static Interview". 
  16. ^ "Wayne Static Album & Song Chart History". Billboard. Retrieved March 24, 2012. 
  17. ^ http://deanguitars.com/images/DeanWayneS2011web.jpg
  18. ^ "Wayne Static Guitar Model". ESP Guitars. Retrieved November 8, 2007. 
  19. ^ "Wayne Static's Equipment Setup". guitargeek.com. Retrieved November 8, 2007. 
  20. ^ "Creating some waves with Static-X". IGN. November 14, 2003. Retrieved November 5, 2007. 
  21. ^ "Famous Vegetarians". happycow.com. November 10, 2007. Retrieved November 18, 2007. 
  22. ^ "Society 1 Interview with Matt Zane which mentions that Tera and Wayne are dating". The Gauntlet. October 22, 2007. Retrieved October 22, 2007. 
  23. ^ On his blog on Nov 9, 2007, Mr Static states: "I met Tera Wray during Ozzfest and we have been together since then."
  24. ^ David Sullivan (January 17, 2008). "Tera Wray Weds Static-X Frontman". AVN. Retrieved January 18, 2008. 
  25. ^ The article "Wayne Static Gets Hitched to Adult Starlet", 2008-01-14, states: "The pair tied the knot in Las Vegas before the AVN Awards which took place on Saturday, Jan 12, 2008"
  26. ^ "Platinum Selling Mystery Artist Guests On Radium 2 and Theme Song". The Gauntlet. April 8, 2008. Retrieved April 8, 2008. 

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