Jesus freak Hideout: How did Fusebox get started?
We started out as the touring band behind Rebecca St. James. We eventually got our own record deal, and toured as her opening band and back up band for 3 years.
JFH: Why the name "Fusebox"?
We went through a ton of names, and this one just stuck. There's no deep spiritual meaning behind it.
JFH: What artists have influenced Fusebox's style?
Kings X, Seal, Prince, Foo Fighters, DC Talk, P.O.D, and the list goes on....
JFH: When recording your latest record "Once Again", how did you approach it differently?
I was much more hands on this time around. I wrote or co-wrote 7 of the 10 songs on the album.
I also co-produced most of it. I really wanted it to be more of a personal album.
JFH: What is your favorite song on "Once Again" and why?
"Hello" is my favorite song on the album. When I wrote the words for this song I felt so inspired.
Also, I think it's a very modern track, with the spoken word sections and all.
JFH: How about the most meaningful?
"Once Again" has become a very meaningful song to me. That song has changed a lot of people’s lives. I get the emails everyday about it.
JFH: You toured with the modern-day rock opera Gospel story last
Fall, !Hero. Although you weren't involved in the recording process of the CD, you filled
in for John Cooper (of Skillet)'s part as Kai. Were you intimidated at all by having to take over
someone else's part?
Billy: This is a good question. John Cooper and I are great friends. I felt more
honored than anything. I think John is one of the best rock singers out there. And I don't mean just
in Christian music. I mean period. So for Eddie Degarmo and Bob Farrell to approach me and offer me
the role, man it was pretty mindblowing. I didn't feel any pressure to do what John did on the album.
As a matter of fact, Eddie and Bob really leaned on me a lot to develop the character live. I was one
of the only cast members who had any acting experience. They really trusted me with the character.
I just felt like I knew Kai. He reminded me of a lot of preachers I grew up watching on TV. :-)
JFH: What was it like to play a villain that has the intent of silencing Jesus every night?
Billy: You know at first I really struggled with it. Here I am a Christian having
to play a guy who hates Christ with a passion. It was difficult. But you know, I told myself that if
I play this role the way that it should be played, then maybe the audience can get a glimpse of what
Jesus went through for us. From that moment on, I enjoyed beating up on Tait every night. :-)
JFH: How has playing Kai affected the way you see Jesus?
Hero made it so much more real to me. It was kind of like watching The Passion. I
got a whole new perspective on what Jesus went through for us.
JFH: What was your favorite part about the !Hero tour?
Billy: I got to hang out with the some of the most talented people on the planet. It was truly inspirational.
JFH: Any embarrassing show moments?
Billy: Yea. I had to wear these huge ear rings every night. Well one night, right in the middle
of one of my songs, one of them flew off on the stage. Everyone thought I had ripped my ear off. It
was pretty hilarious.
JFH: Would you do the !Hero tour again? Any plans for that?
Billy: I would love to. It, so far, has been one of the highlights of my career.
I don't know what Eddie and Bob have planned for the future of Hero.
JFH: What has God been teaching you / showing you in life recently?
Billy: To treasure my wife. She is amazing, and sometimes I take her for granted.
he has been my best friend for almost 14 years. God's really been showing me how to love her like
Christ loves the church. It's taken our marriage to a whole new level.
JFH: What do you hope Fusebox can bring to today's younger generation?
Billy: Relevant music that ministers to them on their level.
JFH: Where do you see Fusebox going from here?
Billy: God's been putting a lot on my heart lately. I've been writing a book
tentatively titled "Ten miles to Georgia". I played the Atlanta club scene for ten years before
I got into Christian music. The book is about the years I spent on that scene, the people I met
and worked with, and eventually my conversion. The music on the next album will tie into this.
JFH: Any last comments?
Billy: Thanks for showing Fusebox so much love on your site. We really appreciate it.