Charlie Steffens of KNAC.COM recently conducted an interview with WICKED WISDOM frontwoman Jada Pinkett-Smith (actress and wife of actor/rapper Will Smith). A couple of excerpts from the chat follow:
KNAC.COM: Alright, so aside from Otep, what singers were your biggest influences?
Jada: "God, we had a lot of support from all the bands but I would have to say, Mat [Bruso] from BURY YOUR DEAD, would pull me up the most, would give me pointers and kinda help me out with stuff. I remember Candace [Kucsulain] from WALLS OF JERICHO…"
KNAC.COM: Oh, she's great!
Jada: "I love her, I'm so glad she's doing Ozzfest this year, She's such a cool person and I remember Candace coming on board, she came to one of our Ozzfest shows, she spent some time with me, she was giving me the whole run down and giving me a lot of pointers you know what I'm saying? We went to go see one of her shows in San Francisco, we went to see one of her shows…and but I would say, Candace, and um, MASTODON, were very supportive of us."
KNAC.COM: Did you get a chance to talk to Angela [Gossow] from ARCH ENEMY?
Jada: "I did talk to Angela a bit. We didn't see her much, but I introduced myself and every time she came out we would watch them play. Angela was the quietest person on Ozzfest…but a very, very sweet girl."
KNAC.COM: You can wear two different suits; You can be quiet and reflective, like now in your tour bus, then you can go up onstage and just be a fuckin' monster…
Jada: "(laughs) Exactly. It's so funny, because most of the bands at Ozzfest were so laid back. It's amazing to see that transformation in all the bands …leaving backstage and going onstage. It's two different energies. Every band that was on Ozzfest last year was just great and really wonderful to us. And I know it was probably really hard for them, because it was just like, 'What is this? We got Jada out here? This is bizarre.' But everybody was so cool and we had such a good time. We really did. AS I LAY DYING was really supportive, too."
Read the entire interview at KNAC.COM.