Rob Zombie Was a Childhood Carnie
Do you think being exposed to that environment influenced you?
I'm sure it did, greatly. I just don't know exactly how. But, I think because I find something fascinating about that whole world, it must have. One of the things I like about touring is it's a lot like that. Touring is like this isolated family that travels around, stops, sets up, puts on a show, packs it all up and leaves for the next town. A rock 'n' roll tour is like the closest thing to a traveling circus that still exists.
To me, it makes perfect sense that a kid who was exposed to carnival life would have a fascination with the macabre, or at least with alternative ways of life.
Yeah, and it's not the nicest world. As a kid, you get exposed to the crazier underworld of the carnival. Me and my brother, when we were very little, we'd be inside the haunted house playing all day. So, already, what people are paying money to be scared [of], we're just playing in because it's fun. We saw the inner workings behind the machines. So, yeah, I guess it was my first aesthetic glimpse at something that could be considered show business on some level.
To go from carnivals to a completely average, small-town life might make a person long for something more exciting.
Some of it, too, was I saw my parents work really hard their whole lives at jobs that I didn't think that they liked a lot of times, and I thought, why not work just as hard at a job you like?