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Static-X Biography

It is almost impossible to claim the birthplace of Static-X.
However, their roots can be traced to the Midwest,
where vocalist/guitarist Wayne Static grew up in Michigan and
drummer Ken Jay in Illinois. They both made the trip to Chicago,
playing in many bands along the way. The two finally met in the
record store where Jay worked and were introduced by Smashing
Pumpkins vocalist Billy Corgan . They quickly bonded and decided
to head west to California to start up a new band. Shortly after
their arrival, Osaka-native Koichi Fukada responded to the duo´s
ad and became their new guitarist, as well as programmer. Bassist
Tony Campos, the only true Californian, was the final piece of
the puzzle. Like many of their counterparts, Static-X gained
a large following through numerous live shows. Their goal was
to make music that would combine the effect of techno, the
aggressiveness of guitar music, and the overtones of gothic
and industrial music into one. Their method worked as the
quartet was signed to Warner Brothers Records in February 1998.
Three months later they recorded their debut album Wisconsin
Death Trip , which was certified gold. The band stayed true to
their roots by playing innumerable.

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