A native of the UK, Jules played guitar in and around various music scenes in Europe as a solo performer and a member of various bands. In 1996 he achieved a level of notoriety as a member of Lodestar in London. As Lodestar dissolved, Jules became a member of Pig. Along with Andy Selway he would change Pig from a collaborative between Raymond Watts and Steve White to a true band. After opening for KMFDM in 1997 on the Symbols tour and working with Sascha and Lucia in Japan on the Schwein project, Jules contributed to the Attak album and toured as a member of KMFDM in 2002. He was asked to come to the US and write and record as the bandís guitarist in 2003 for the WWIII sessions. He is the main force behind the rock band Spittin' Cobras along with KMFDM drummer Andy Selway as well as a producer/remixer and owner of the Black Lab Studio in Seattle, WA.
Name: Jules Hodgson
Instruments & Equipment: Guitar, Bass, Keyboards
ESP Viper guitars
Line 6 Vetta HD
Mesa Boogie Dual Rectifier
Appears on KMFDM Releases:
Sturm & Drang Live 2002
WWIII Live 2003
Sturm & Drang Tour 2002 DVD
WWIII Tour 2003 DVD
20th Anniversary Tour 2004 DVD
How did you get involved with KMFDM?
The first time I worked with Sascha was when the Schwein album was being recorded, and I think we put the guitars down for Dirty and Back In The USSA at the same time.
Do you have a most memorable story about recording with KMFDM?
Raymond was laying down vocals to some track or other, but he couldn't get the timing of one particular line right, so we sent Andy into the vocal booth equipped
with a freshly sharpened pencil. Every time he jabbed Raymond in the arm with the pointy end it was Raymondís cue to start singing. Watching people in
pain is so much fun!!!
What is your favorite KMFDM song to play live?
Hmmm. Light's good fun, but I miss playing Bullets Bombs & Bigotry, just 'cause it's so energetic...
What place has KMFDM toured that you enjoyed the most?
That's tough. Russia was fantastic, as was Australia, but I think I still like touring the US above all. Numbers in Houston is my favourite show on the circuit...
How did you learn to play/write music?
My dad's exceptionally musical, so he made me take up the piano when I was 4 and the violin a few years later. I started playing drums in my early teens, and then guitar a year or so later.
Who is the person you have worked with who has been the biggest influence on your music and why?
If you werenít working in music what do you think you would be doing?
Porno or haberdashery
If you could collaborate musically with anyone of your choice who would it be?
Lemmy from Motorhead, the Damned or Foo Manchu