Insane Clown Posse’s Violent J on Haircuts, Haters, and Ben Folds Five

Last week, by virtue of some great karmic fortune/the unimaginable largesse of the folks at Psychopathic (!!) Records, I had the once-in-a lifetime opportunity to conduct a phone interview with none other than Violent J of the acclaimed indie-folk band Insane Clown Posse, in advance of the band’s appearance tonight and tomorrow at the Oakland Metro Operahouse. I was hungover. He was at a Comfort Inn in Louisville. Fun was had by all. Without further ado:

On how his day was going at the time: “I just got a haircut.”

On whether shows feel different depending on location: “The only difference we notice is the accents. Juggalos are the same. It’s the same kind of person.”

On what, exactly kind of person a Juggalo is: “Somebody with a big imagination. Somebody who considers themselves some sort of underdog. Maybe feel like they’re fucked with a lot, or they’re misunderstood. Being a Juggalo is about freedom. It’s about not judging each other.”

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