Kip Winger On Being Inspired By The Worst Period Of His Life

Kip Winger recently chatted with The Metal Voice and discussed how he got inspired by one of the most troubling periods of his life and how he survived through it.

The start of the 90s got the scene fascinated all over with Grunge, as the mainstream attention shifted from the 80s metal to the grumpy Seattle acts. So, it wasn’t much later that Winger got caught in the commotion and tossed aside by the Seattle wind, starting to fade away under the spotlight.

Soon enough, Kip also lost his record and publishing deals, and as MTV’s iconic show, ‘Beavis & Butthead,’ deemed his band as ‘uncool,’ their gigs started to get less crowded every day until he and his bandmates couldn’t book any shows. So, hoping to start anew, the rocker moved to a different state, and as his wish was granted, he lost his wife in a traffic accident.

Well, as things had been tough on Kip, that period was all he needed for a villain origin story, but Winger decided to take a more subtle approach and started practicing with classical music, reflecting his pain into music.

That’s how, perhaps, the worst period in his life and career helped him become inspired, and as his creativity started healing him, the rocker also began performing again, and in a pretty short time, he scored himself gigs at large venues, beginning to take the stage in front of thousands as he used to.

Kip on the end of the 80s and how the following era became the worst period of his life:

“As far as the ’80s goes, I don’t think that the ’80s would have survived much longer anyway. The ’80s music had run its course, and we came a little too late. I tell this story a lot. I moved out to New Mexico; we lost our record deal, our publishing, everything was gone. Then my first wife passed away in a car wreck, and I was totally in oblivion.

And that’s when I decided to write and to start studying classical music for real. I’d always wanted to write orchestral music and never felt like it was within my reach. And I thought, ‘You know what, I’m just gonna go for it.’ And I had the time because… there were no gigs to be had for years.

The only gig that I did during that time on my first solo record was at Porter’s bookstore at 4: 00 p.m in the afternoon, playing to 10 people, a year [after] headlining to 8000-10.000 people.”

So, Kip managed to get through all his suffering through art, as he decided to take out all his pain and work it through discovering a new genre of music and focusing on how to excel in that. His work eventually paid off as he began scoring large gigs and signing into labels again.