For a group that aspires to be "the epitome of horror music," the children of Twiztid are surprisingly blase when it comes to Halloween.
"Our kids are very different," the Livonia-based rap group's Paul "Monoxide Child" Methric reports by phone from a recent tour stop in North Carolina. He and partner Jamie "Madrox" Spaniola each have two children, and Mehtric notes that "Our kids are like, 'Whatever...' They don't even really go trick or treating.
"They went when they were little; then it was cool. But about the time they were seven or whatever, they started handing out candy and decided they'd rather do that."
That, however, leaves a little more time for their Twiztid dads to keep up with a burgeoning pile of work both on their own and with their Magik Ninja Entertainment company, which the duo launched last year after 15 years with Insane Clown Posse's Psychopathic Records.
Twiztid itself is still supporting its latest album -- "The Darkness," which came out during January -- and recently did a video without the duo's trademark makeup. Despite that, Methric says he and Spaniola are seldom recognized; "Maybe I have a very ordinary look about me," Methric notes with a laugh. More importantly Twiztid now performs with a live band, currently a trio but soon to be expanded, and Methric says that's had a significant impact he and Spaniola hope to explore further.
"It really brings the music to life," he explains. "Now it's not just me and Jamie bring the words to life; we have these people behind us who are literally bringing the music to life. You get to put a different groove to it. Changing even minutely for us is a good change; we're so used to doing the same thing the same way for 20 years, to put a band behind us and kind of change the rhythm a little bit, that really reinvigorates you. It's not the same songs anymore."
Methric predicts that 2016 is "gonna be a really big year" for Twiztid and Majik Ninja. Releases are planned for Twiztid and from several of the label's other acts, while Twiztid is working on both a feature film, which the duo is keeping under wraps, and a cartoon series that's "in the writing and drawing stages." Some networks have already expressed interest in the latter, according to Methric.
"It just doesn't stop, and we love it," he says of the workload. "This is what we saw 18 years ago, when we started. So to get to this point with the music and the cartoon and the movie, we feel like we're finally on our way, y'know?"
Twiztid's Fright Fest with Blaze Ya Dead Homie, Wolfpac, Boondox, Prozac and more
Friday, Oct. 30. Doors open at 6 p.m.
Majestic Theatre, 4140 Woodward Ave., Detroit.
Tickets are $25.
Call 313-833-9700 or visit majesticdetroit.com.
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