Study Political Science at Yale or be a rockstar? Vocalist and teacher Brian “Hacksaw” Williams tells us all about his journey to Hollywood and the detours along the way.
Brian “Hacksaw” Williams is the lead singer of the band Damn Hippie Freaks and Racer X. He´s got a Bachelors from UCLA and vocal performances that have been featured in a number of TV shows, including “The Mentalist” (CBS), “Men of a Certain Age” (TNT), “Sons of Anarchy “(FX) and “The Life and Times of Tim” (HBO). In 2008, Brian joined forces with former Megadeth Drummer Nick Menza to form the band Deltanaut (with whom he is currently recording and performing in Southern California). At MI, Brian teaches Extreme Vocals, The Art of Success, Private Lessons and the Hard Rock Live Performance Workshop.
During this chat with Hacksaw, we discuss the music business and other topics like:
- The Story behind the name HACKSAW
- Class President, in every committee there was
- Mcdonalds morning shift and Rockstar at midnight
- Playing at Club Dummies made him want to be a singer for a living
- “Metal Health” by Quiet Riot, “Bang your Head” playing as two bikers girls fighting, banging her head
- Accepted to Yale, but chose music instead
- Internship in Washington, working for a congressman
- Santa Monica College, UCLA and Musicians Institute
- Scene in Nashville
- Hollywood back then and now
- Running into Poison at the Rainbow
- Axl Rose handing out flyers, got the crap beat out of him at a party
- Life lessons along the way
- Playing for the troops in Guantanamo Bay
- Paul McCartney and The Beatles as inspiration
MUST READ BOOKS
Hacksaw showing us extreme vocals, including the bathroom scream. You´re welcome
SONG OF THE WEEK
“This Life” …..Sons Of Anarchy theme sung by Brian “Hacksaw” Williams
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