Benjamin Weinman The Exclaim! Questionnaire

Benjamin Weinman The Exclaim! Questionnaire
Guitarist Benjamin Weinman is one of two founding members of the Dillinger Escape Plan. The band just released an EP on Epitaph with singer Mike Patton, called Irony Is A Dead Scene and the band is currently working on a full-length with their new singer, Greg.

Current fixations:
No fixations. All I do is break shit. I like gambling too. I think that is an art.

Mind-altering work of art:
I am looking at a book of photographs by David Lachapelle at the moment. Pretty bad ass if you ask me. Any guy who can incorporate naked chicks, male prostitutes, and movie stars into the same photo is pretty amazing. Not sure how mind altering though. Maybe I need to start doing drugs or something.

Most memorable or inspirational gig and why?
I remember going to see Depeche Mode when I was ten years old. It was amazing. I was wigging out with this 40-year-old hot mom who was sitting next to me and she just started grabbing and kissing me. I was in love. I wonder what that sick old bitch is doing these days.

What has been your career high and low?
My career high is never ending. Every day something happens with my band that totally trips me out. Same with the lows, it's also never ending. Every day something happens that just makes me feel like shit. In the end it all just becomes a big ball of energy.

What should everyone shut up about?
The Osbournes. Jesus Christ all ready! That family has become the most annoying thing known to man.

I would drop everything to play a benefit for:
Myself. I ate a total of five chicken nuggets, two Cokes, and a banana in the past four days.

What trait do you like and dislike most about yourself?
I guess the trait that I like the most is my untrusting nature. I also hate my untrusting nature and that I always think that everyone hates me.

What would make you kick someone out of your band and/or bed, and have you?
I have kicked tons of people out of my band and bed. All of them were selfish lovers.

When I think of Canada I think:
That I could invade the country with a pocket knife. I also really like the comedians from there, and the French chicks in Montreal are rad.

What is your vital daily ritual?
I can't very well confess that.

How do you spoil yourself?
I can't very well confess that.

What was your most memorable day job?
I used to dress models backstage at fashion shows. Lots of boobs man!

If I wasn't playing music I would be:
A ninja.

What is your greatest fear?
I am afraid of getting AIDS.

If you had a superpower, what would it be?
Stop time. I got tons of shit to do.

What makes you want to take it off and get it on?
Anything. It's more about the time of day for me.

Music and sex: Is there a difference? Why?
Many similarities. When it's new it's totally exciting and after a while you defiantly need something else. Variety is the spice of life.

Strangest brush with celebrity:
I told Lars from Metallica that I loved the new record. When he said thanks I told him I downloaded it. He was pissed. I danced with Britney Spears once at her record release party. Her bouncers almost kicked my ass, but I just danced on out before they could.

Who would be your ideal dinner guest, living or dead, and what would you serve them?
I would like to invite Nicole Simpson over and ask her how OJ offed her.

What does your mom wish you were doing instead?
She is pretty proud of me but I'm sure she wishes I was playing show tunes.