Billy Gould

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Billy Gould
Bill Gould from Faith No More - cropped 2.jpg
Gould in 2005
Background information
Birth nameWilliam David Gould
Born (1963-04-24) April 24, 1963 (age 56)
Los Angeles, California
OriginSan Francisco, California, United States
GenresAlternative metal, funk metal, experimental rock, alternative rock, hardcore punk, death metal, grindcore, noise rock, avant-garde
Occupation(s)Musician, songwriter, producer
InstrumentsBass guitar, keyboards, guitar
Years active1979–present
Associated actsFaith No More, Brujeria, Harmful, Fear and the Nervous System, Jello Biafra and the Guantanamo School of Medicine, Fear Factory, Shandi's Addiction, The Animated, The Chickenfuckers, Black Diamond Brigade

William David "Billy" Gould (born April 24, 1963 in Los Angeles, California) is an American musician and producer. He is best known as the bassist of Faith No More.


Faith No More[edit]

Billy Gould was born and raised in a Catholic family.[1] Gould started playing the bass while he was at Loyola High School in Los Angeles with future Faith No More keyboardist Roddy Bottum. His first band during these early years was named "The Animated," a genre-bending new wave outfit that sounded something like a cross between The Buzzcocks, XTC and Michael Jackson. That band also featured future FNM vocalist Chuck Mosley on keyboards, and Mark Stewart (aka Stew) on guitar, of Negro Problem fame. In the early 1980s he moved to San Francisco to begin his studies and got involved with several underground bands. At this time, he met drummer Mike Bordin and guitarist Jim Martin. Soon after that Gould formed a band with Bordin, keyboardist Wade Worthington (quickly replaced with Roddy Bottum), and guitarist/vocalist Mike 'The Man' Morris named Faith No Man, which eventually became Faith No More once Morris was out of the band.

In the mid-nineties, Gould began to work as producer and in 1997 he co-produced Faith No More's last record Album of the Year with the former Swans drummer Roli Mosimann. Since then, he has become the CEO of Koolarrow Records and worked on various projects as a producer or guest musician.

In February 2009, it was announced that Faith No More would reform for a tour and possibly recording.[2]

Other collaborations[edit]

In the 1990s Gould was in the original line-up of the Mexican grindcore band Brujeria. He was also involved in several supergroups, such as Shandi's Addiction (with Maynard Keenan, Brad Wilk and Tom Morello) as well as Black Diamond Brigade (with Norwegian rock musicians Euroboy, Torgny Amdam, Tarjei Strøm and Sigurd Wongraven). Furthermore, he played with Wayne Kramer and Fear Factory, and produced CMX's Vainajala album. His guest appearances include recordings for Romanian band Coma, and the production of "Living Targets" by German group Beatsteaks, Slovenia's Elvis Jackson,and the album "7" for the German rock band Harmful, in which he also toured with them the whole year 2007 as guitar player.

In 2007, Gould joined up with the all star band Fear and the Nervous System, formed by Korn guitarist James "Munky" Shaffer. The band also features Bad Religion drummer Brooks Wackerman.

During the same year, Gould joined as bassist in Jello Biafra's new band The Axis of Evildoers along with Ralph Spight (Victim's Family) on guitar, and Jon Weiss on drums. They made their debut at Jello Biafra's 50th-birthday celebration June 16 and 17, 2008 at the Great American Music Hall in San Francisco. The band has since been renamed Jello Biafra and the Guantanamo School of Medicine and an album Audacity of Hype was released on October 20, 2009.

In 2011, he released an experimental album called "The Talking Book", a collaboration between himself and sound artist Jared Blum, known for his various projects on the Gigante Sound label. In 2012, he collaborated with Charles Hayward of This Heat and Mads Heldtberg on a project and release entitled House of Hayduk. Also in 2011, Billy contributed to the production of the soundtrack for the documentary "The Sequential Art" [1], by Norwegian director Espen J. Jörgensen.

In 2013, he reunited with Espen J. Jörgensen to provide synth, edits, recomposing and beats for a 'groovy and experimental EP' titled Fugly.[3]

Koolarrow records[edit]

Since 1999, Gould has run an independent record label Koolarrow Records that has specialized in international acts and challenging artists such as LA's Flattbush, Seattle's Kultur Shock, Brujeria, Hog Molly (featuring Tad Doyle), Bosnian's Dubioza Kolektiv, San Francisco's La Plebe, German rock band Harmful, Alexander Hacke (of Einsturzende Neubauten), Como Asesinar a Felipes from Chile, former Danish experimental outfit Durefursog, and Mexican Dubwiser.

Equipment and style[edit]

For most of Faith No More's career, he has used a Zon bass, but started with a Gibson Grabber bass and then an Aria Pro II SB Integra Bass in the early days of Faith No More . In the music video for their song Evidence,[4] he is seen using a Fender Jazz. He began with Peavey amplifiers, and has used them his entire career. He is known for employing a wide variety of playing styles, alternating between using a plectrum, slapping, and fingerstyle. He also used an Ibanez Tube Screamer and a DOD Stereo Bass Flanger on The Real Thing album and the following tour for that album.


As a band member[edit]

Fear and the Nervous System
Jello Biafra and the Guantanamo School of Medicine
  • 2007: Seven
Bill Gould & Jared Blum
  • 2011: The Talking Book
Bill Gould & Espen J. Jörgensen
  • 2013: Fugly

As a featured musician[edit]


As a producer[edit]

  • 1997 Naive – Post Alcoholic Anxieties[5]
  • 1997 Faith No More – Album of the Year (together with Roli Mosimann)
  • 1998 CMX – Vainajala
  • 1999 Think About Mutation – Highlife
  • 2001 The Beatsteaks – Living Targets
  • 2001 Kultur Shock – FUCC the INS
  • 2007 Harmful – 7
  • 2009 Elvis Jackson – Against the Gravity
  • 2015 Faith No More – Sol Invictus



  1. ^ The Real Thing Returneth – An Interview with Billy Gould of Faith No ... April 1, 2015 - The fact that when I think of bass guitar in anything, rock, metal, rap, whatever I think of one thing: Billy Gould. So a chance .... So after the music was together, he had to kind of get to his parts. It's been a ..... Well, my background on my father's side is Jewish, and there's something strange about going there.
  2. ^ Faith No More News
  3. ^ "Fugly, by Bill Gould & Espen J. Jörgensen". Espen J. Jörgensen. Retrieved January 12, 2017.
  4. ^ YouTube – Faith No More: Evidence
  5. ^ Bill Gould about recording the album Archived April 26, 2009, at the Wayback Machine