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King 810's David Gunn on Slipknot, Flint and the haters

The King 810 frontman reveals all about his home and its controversial nature

Last week on the Metal Hammer Radio Show, the frontman of King 810 David Gunn dropped by for a very intense and eye-opening interview about life away from home, witnessing countless shootings and his affinity with Slipknot. Originally broadcast on TeamRock Radio.

Last time we thought we were going to see you certainly, or the first time in the UK was an abortive attempt at Download Festival. You came over for one show, but this tour with Slipknot is really something else, how’s it all been going for you?

"Good, I haven’t necessarily got any words to pin it down how it’s been going.  It hasn’t been a bad thing though, just kind of overwhelming, you know what I mean?"

In what way? Is it when you walk out or is it the slew of interviews? Is it the fan reaction? What’s spinning your head?

"It’s actually none of those things, it’s just trying to idealise or conceptualise what the hell’s going on in this entirety – the people, the fans and the size of the show, and the bands that we’re on the bill with. None of those things, it’s not that. I think it’s just a culmination of everything that is kind of hard to digest."

I imagine it’s in no small way also related to the reaction the people have had to you as well certainly. I think the first reaction most people had is one of confusion, also fascination because you come from a part of the world that’s almost been mythologised, because it is so different to the America they’re so accustomed to seeing, but also there’s been a lot of questioning, people wondering at your authenticity, whether you are really who you say you are, if you’ve really experienced all that you convey in your music. What does that make you feel like?

"Funny, I think it’s funny. That’s about the best word I can think about it. I don’t necessarily care because the people at home that are a part of the stories in the songs and the CD that I say by name in the songs, they know that they’re real because it’s our life. Anyone that’s behind what we’re doing and is into what we’re doing, I don’t think they care if we are from where we say, or if they do look into it they know. But basically anyone that’s going to make an ordeal about us really being where we’re from, I don’t really care what they have to say because when we first came out it was that we were just a bunch of drug dealing thugs that endorsed violence, and we didn’t respond to that because we don’t care, and it didn’t really get a reaction, and all the bloggers that don’t have anything better to do besides trying to get click-throughs for ads on their page, realised they weren’t really striking a chord with us by doing that. 

"So then they come back and post the arrested at Download thing, that gets a bunch of attention. Then they’re like, ‘Okay this is working, what can we do now?’ Then they say, ‘Oh, they’re not really from Flint,’ 'cause that’s basically the biggest ordeal you can make. That’s what we are, so the biggest claim would kind of to be to chop it at the foundation, you know what I mean? But, once again, we don’t care to address it. I put my bond paper on the internet, it’s not unknown where I live. I put my address on there for anyone that was curious about where I live, and it’s right there in the crime zone and everyone knows I’m from Flint so, I don’t care."

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