Wes Borland, 40, guitarist in six-times platinum selling rock band Limp Bizkit tells us how he did it...
I wouldn’t say I was afraid of getting a job behind a desk. But, growing up, that looked like death to me.
God and football and guns – my hometown of Jacksonville in Florida was everything I didn’t want to be involved in. It was the antithesis of hope, the worst of America. I had to get out of there.
Tolerance. That’s what I’ve learned from my dad. He was a Presbyterian minister. He participated in anything we did, like driving us to play shows in bars at 16, even if it questioned his faith. He was so supportive.
I’m now the age my dad was when I really started to look up to him for guidance. I think about that a lot.
One of my best friends and I used to drive out to meet a girl we knew on the north side of town. Her mum was never home, so we’d go there to sneak booze or hook up with somebody. One night, when I was 16, we were driving back in the rain. All of a sudden I lost control of the car. I crashed into a ditch and the car flipped. That was the defining moment of my teens. I learned a big lesson that night.
Limp Bizkit’s rider always had ‘action figure’ written on it. Not too much to ask. We just wanted to see what we’d get.
Boy, did the video for Rollin’ backfire. It was filmed on top of the World Trade Center. On 6 September 2001 we won an MTV Video Award for it and the staff at WTC sent over a fruit basket to congratulate us. After 9/11 everyone stopped playing it. Nobody wanted to see it. Neither did we.
The best band name in the world is Fartbarf. They wear cavemen masks and NASA jumpsuits.
Every man needs one simple, steel, black-faced watch. Something like a Rolex Explorer, a Tudor Ranger or a Maratac Mid. I’ve forbidden myself from buying a watch this year. My collection’s getting out of control.
The perks you get from being in a band run out pretty quickly. Money, fame, meeting chicks, partying – those things are gone quite soon.
It’s absolutely imperative that you travel. You should be exposed to as many new cultures and beliefs and foods and people as you can. That’s what makes you a more interesting person. It’s why I still tour.
Baby oil is the only thing that will get rid of my stage make-up. I have to wear so much of it.
I started smoking cigarettes for the breaks at work. It was at the worst job I ever had, at a shit restaurant, owned by a terrible guy. I thought, “Everyone who smokes gets to take breaks from this. I’m in.”
A successful life? Don’t be a sleazebag. Don’t cheat on your significant other. Try to honour what you say. Don’t be a baby. Tolerate, unless it’s absolutely necessary to act. Always try to be a good guy.
_ Wes also plays with Queen Kwong. The album _ Get A Witness _ is out 28 August _
Photography: Marco Vittur