WICKED WISDOM frontwoman Jada Pinkett-Smith (actress and wife of actor/rapper Will Smith) recently spoke to the Tallahassee Democrat about the group's upcoming self-titled debut album and their current multi-band tour also featuring SEVENDUST, SOCIALBURN, ONE and NONPOINT. A few excerpts from the chat follow:
On the fact that WICKED WISDOM's sound reflects the current selections on Pinkett Smith's iPod:
"I've got MESHUGGAH, OTEP, GOD FORBID, BLACK LABEL SOCIETY mixed in with SADE, ANI DIFRANCO, old-school PRINCE, MAXWELL and MILES DAVIS. I listen to everything. . . I've always loved all types of music. My uncle introduced me to bands like LED ZEPPELIN, OZZY OSBOURNE and PINK FLOYD, and my mom was a huge WHO fan. Then in high school, GUNS 'N ROSES was one of my favorite bands. I've always loved heavy music."
On her two children, son Jaden and daughter Willow:
"My kids love having a rock 'n' roll mom. My son is more of a hip-hop head, but my daughter is a really big rock fan. She tells me, 'Mom, you know I'm going to have a better band than you.' The girl is 5 years old. She comes up with about 10 new band names a day."
On playing the second stage for last summer's Ozzfest dates:
"It's not as wild and crazy as people try to make it seem. It's a real family affair. People bring their kids to the shows and a lot of the band members have families, too."
On the upcoming WICKED WISDOM CD, which will be released on Feb. 21:
"The album takes you on a real roller-coaster ride. It's very different from anything out there right now. It's who WICKED WISDOM is."