Christian music legend and former singer of DC Talk and Audio Adrenaline, Kevin Max, recently had a chat with the members of the Bad Christian podcast where he spoke about the origins of DC Talk, being a true "Christian group," and his own struggles with his personal life.
"If it's Christian, it ought to be better," was the tag line of DC Talk, a mantra that Kevin brought up during his interview with Matt, Toby, and Joey of Bad Christian on the podcast. Their question was on whether he recalled any opposition from people as a major Christian band and whether there were people faking it as far as their beliefs while they toured.
Kevin indicated that while being on the road and in the public eye was tough, he along with TobyMac and Michael Tait, currently of the Newsboys, always stayed grounded.
"We started getting put on a platform of almost evangelists" we were quoted as "rock and roll evangelists" in magazines he explained. They were not sure of what to think of these labels as they were neither particularly good or bad. However, a lot of people were just waiting for the world's most overtly Christian group of all time to falter.
"There were a lot of people looking for holes in it..." Kevin said, alluding to the band perhaps participating in drug use or meeting girls back stage, "We tried to keep a very high level of social awareness and be real to ourselves and keep each other accountable." TobyMac had already been married when they really set out on the road, which gave him a priority to stick to.
"We were pretty squeaky clean, and we took it seriously," as Kevin knew that if DC Talk was going to stand for such a huge statement in Christ, they needed to be legit. They even wrote the song "What If I Stumble" to show they were flawed human beings just like everyone else.
He said they were working so much and doing projects all the time so there were not a lot of distractions. The group had a road pastor to get everyone together and help break any tension and meet in scripture and prayer.
Something that Kevin admittedly failed at was his first marriage which lasted from 1997 to 2003. The marriage ended because he was essentially gone for two years on tour and they never had a chance to really know each other, in other words, doomed from the start.
He feels that Christians should be more open to talk about divorce and these problems. "When we keep things in the closet and we don't talk about them. We get in trouble. Specifically in the area of relationships and sexual type things."
"When things aren't spoken about, things are just thrown in the closet. The church doesn't want to talk about sex. I mean these things are going to keep coming and they are going to get more and more messy. People just need to be honest. I feel like that's what Christ spoke about with His disciples," he said on the podcast.
Hear the entire podcast with Bad Christian and Kevin Max here.
Kevin has since remarried, and has four children. He most recently was the lead singer of another legendary Christian band, Audio Adrenaline. He stepped down amicably due to musical differences in the future direction of the band. He is now back to being a solo artist and will be releasing Broken Temples November 25.
Hear Kevin Max's newest song "Infinite" featuring Rachael Lampa below: