Earlier this week, Linda Leseman of LA Weekly conducted an interview with guitarist/vocalist Robb Flynn of San Francisco Bay Area metallers MACHINE HEAD. An excerpt from the chat follows below.
LA Weekly: I was going to ask you where you think your musical talent comes from, but then I read that you’re adopted. Do you know whether your biological parents were musicians?
Flynn: I don’t know my birth parents. No one in my adoptive family was musical. We would listen to music. It’s kind of funny because I wasn’t raised with metal. All of my early musical experience was the Beatles.
LA Weekly: Have you ever tried to seek out your biological parents? You never know — they might be MACHINE HEAD fans.
Flynn: I’ve really struggled with it, honestly. I’ve really struggled with it. For the longest time I just fuckin’ hated them. Just never wanted anything to do with them. I wrote a song on our record “Through The Ashes With Empires”, and the song was called “Left Unfinished”. And it was just basically a “fuck you” to them. In recent times, I’ve thought about [trying to find my biological parents]. I don’t know. I don’t know if they’re going to care.
LA Weekly: They’d certainly have something to be proud of, based on the career you’ve made for yourself.
Flynn: I definitely consider myself lucky. I’ve met thousands of people who didn’t get adopted and went through foster care systems for years and years and years, and they were just fuckin’ brutal and harrowing. I’m not gonna sit here and fuckin’ cry in my beer about it. I definitely was one of the fortunate ones, adopted around six months old. I had three foster parents. My [adoptive] parents told me that much — there were three sets of foster parents by the time I was six months old, and then they adopted me. I definitely was able to get into a good family, so I consider myself fortunate in that sense, for sure.
Read the entire interview at LA Weekly.