Fred Durst is a rapper, singer, songwriter, record producer and indeed an all-round music genius. He is best known as the frontman of the rap-rock band Limp Bizkit which was formed back in 1994. The band has released at least 6 studio albums in their over 2-decade career and their brilliant works have earned them multiple Grammy nominations.
In addition to his long-running and illustrious music career, Fred Durst also has a promising Hollywood career. He has a number of acting credits to his name and he has also directed several movies.
Fred Durst – Background Information
Fred Durst was born William Frederick Durst on August 20, 1970, in Gastonia, North Carolina. However, he was raised in Jacksonville, Florida. He took interest in hip-hop, rock and breakdancing during his early teenage years. He joined the US Navy at some point in his life but eventually quit after 2 years to return to music. While working on his music, he gained employment as a landscaper and tattoo artist to support himself.
In 1994, Durst co-founded the music band “Limp Bizkit” alongside bassist Sam Rivers and a drummer John Otto. They were later joined by guitarist Wes Borland. They wrote and produced their own songs and also performed brilliant covers of several hit songs through which they were able to garner a massive following in the Jacksonville underground music scene. In 1997, the band got a recording contract with Flip Records, a subdivision of Interscope records and afterwards, they dropped their debut album Three Dollar Bill, Y’all. The band, however, achieved more success with their subsequent albums Significant Other (1999) and Chocolate Starfish and the Hot Dog Flavored Water (2000).
Just as his career with Limp Bizkit continued to thrive, Fred Durst worked with other artists as a songwriter and producer. He got to serve as the Senior Vice President of A&R at Interscope records and he equally delved into video directing. Limp Bizkit embarked on international tours and also headlined several sold-out concerts following the success of their 2nd and 3rd studio albums. The band released their 4th studio album Results May Vary in 2003 followed by an EP The Unquestionable Truth (Part 1) in 2005. They also dropped a compilation album Greatest Hitz (2005) before entering an unofficial hiatus.
Fred Durst and his Limp Bizkit bandmates reunited in 2009 and they quickly resumed touring. They equally set to work on their fifth studio album Gold Cobra which was eventually released in June 2011. The album reached number 16 on the Billboard 200 though and received a mixed critical reception. The band left Flip Records shortly afterwards and by February 2012, they got signed to Lil Wayne‘s record label Cash Money Records. Limp Bizkit released a couple of singles under Cash Money but were not able to put out a full body of music during their stint with the label. The band left the label in October 2014 but has continued to work on their highly-anticipated 6th studio album Stampede of the Disco Elephants.
Fred Durst currently has a net worth valued at $20 million. The multitalented star has recorded a fair level of success in his long-running music career and thanks to his many talents, he has managed to remain relevant over the years. Though the popularity of his band Limp Bizkit is said to have waned in the United States, the band still enjoys a massive followership overseas.
His Wife or Spouse
Fred Durst is currently unmarried but has been married several times in the past. His first marriage was to Rachel Tergesen and they had one child together. The union lasted from 1990 to 1993 and it ended in a divorce. Several years later, Durst got married to Esther Nazaroy but the union ended in a divorce after just 3 months.
The music star gave another shot at marriage in 2012 when he tied the knot with make-up artist Kseniya Beryazina. This third union lasted for a relatively long while but they eventually parted ways in 2018.
Other Facts About the Music Star
Fred Durst’s music career as a member of Limp Bizkit has been pretty successful but has also been marred by numerous controversies. The band’s concerts have recorded multiple cases of violent outbursts and unruly behaviour from performers and fans alike. At the Woodstock ’99 music festival, it was reported that some of the fans tried breaking down the walls of the venue during Limp Bizkit’s performance of the song “Break Stuff”.
- Awards and Nominations
Despite the scandals, Limp Bizkit has also garnered much critical acclaim in their career of over 2 decades. The band has received at least 3 Grammy Award nominations including the 2000 Best Hard Rock Performance Award, the 2000 Best Rock Album Award and the 2001 Best Hard Rock Performance Award.
- Movie Credits
Fred Durst has equally given a shot at a Hollywood career and has recorded a number of film credits over the years. He had starring roles in the horror film Population 436 (2006), as well as the comedy flick Play Dead (2009). His directorial credits include movies like The Education of Charlie Banks (2007) and The Longshots (2008).