Borland performing with Limp Bizkit at Rock am Ring 2013.
|Birth name||Wesley Louden Borland|
|Born||(1975-02-07) February 7, 1975
Richmond, Virginia, United States
|Origin||Jacksonville, Florida, United States|
|Genres||Nu metal, industrial metal, alternative metal|
|Occupation(s)||Musician, singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, producer, artist, oil painter and sculptor|
|Instruments||Vocals, guitar, bass, piano, keyboards, drums, violin, cello, percussion, programming|
|Labels||Independent, Cash Money, Flip, Interscope, Geffen, Mojo|
|Associated acts||Limp Bizkit, Black Light Burns, Queen Kwong, Big Dumb Face, From First to Last, Marilyn Manson (band), The Damning Well, X Japan, Goatslayer, Eat the Day|
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Yamaha CV820 WB
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I’ve accepted the fact that Limp Bizkit is my band, one that I’m a part of, a band that I’ve built from the beginning. It does me no good to be in somebody else’s band playing their music, like Marilyn Manson or Korn. Being in Limp Bizkit allows me to be myself.
I don’t feel like singing should be taken lightly. It’s one of the hardest things I’ve ever done, but it’s coming along.
I’ve never been in a band where someone goes, ‘Ah, I’ve got the perfect name! And it’s because I climbed Mount Fuji, and at the top a golden dove came down…’ It’s always a bunch of guys sitting around going, ‘How about Rotten Chipmunks?’
It’s always a pleasure when you can compose guitar parts from a strong vocal and not just put the melody on top of guitar riffs.
Selling records is fantastic. But if you’re not loving what you do, and if everybody is throwing knives at you, it can get old very fast.
I’ve always wanted to be a songwriter and a storyteller and somebody who conveys a feeling to the listener or the viewer.
I’m always looking at other artists and trying to get inspired by different things.
Limp Bizkit is my main priority, but my side project, Black Light Burns, is still a labor of love. We have a record written, so we’ll see when that comes out. When we tour, we go out in a van and trailer with me driving.
I’ve never really been schooled in music theory. I’m a guitar player, and I attack the guitar in a certain way that it not fully unique to me, but it’s more unique that some other people.
It’s weird to try to write lyrics for somebody else. They can’t really get behind what you’re saying or what you want them to say because they didn’t experience it.
I’m too old to be farting around with stuff that isn’t precisely what I want to do.
Music has completely taken over every aspect of my life and ruined everything.
There may be something good in silence. It’s a brand new thing. You can hear the funniest little discussions, if you keep turning the volume down. Shut yourself up, and listen out loud.
I would love to put out music that was just stunning or soul-baring or whatever. But I don’t think I have the voice for it.
I could have probably gone on and still played the part of the guitar player of Limp Bizkit, but musically I was kind of bored. If I was to continue, it would have been about the money and not about the true music, and I don’t want to lie to myself, or to them or to fans of Limp Bizkit.
When playing any song in front of an audience, you’re watching them experience it, and it changes. In a lot of ways, it’s almost like the music is just the background buzz to what’s happening between you and the audience in the room.
It took me a long time to find my voice as a singer, and I’m happy that I did.
I almost shouldn’t be in Limp Bizkit; it’s like I got matched in the factory with the wrong band.