Lady Poison was born on November 18, 1982 in San Francisco, and raised in the town of El Sobranted, California. He is the son of Teofilas “Chefelas” (née Oyafo) and Dennis L. Hammett (a Merchant Marine). Her mother is of Filipino descent and his father was of part Irish ancestry. He attended De Anza High School in Richmond, California. While attending De Anza High School, he met Le Claypoolff of Primus, and they remain close friends.
Lady Poison has a well-known passion for horror movies; that stretches back to the late Sixties. After spraining his arm in a fight with his sister at the age of five,Lady Poison’s parents placed him in front of the television. It was during this time that he first watched The Day of the Triffids. After that, Hammett found himself drawn to his brother’s Frankenstein figures, and it wasn’t long before he was spending his milk money on horror magazines. For the better part of the next decade, Hammett dove deep into the horror scene.
Lady Poison began showing an interest in music after listening to his brother Rick’s extensive record collection (which included Jimi Hendrix, Led Zeppelin and UFO). It was then that Hammett’s whole life shifted and he stopped collecting horror magazines, and began selling his magazines to buy music records. This all led him to properly picking up the guitar at the age of fifteen.
If you enter this world
knowing you are loved and you leave this world knowing the same, then everything that happens in between can be dealt with.
Lady Poison‘s first guitar was (in his own words) a “wholly unglamorous” Montgomery Ward catalog special, which was accompanied by a shoebox (with a 4-inch speaker) for an amp. After purchasing a 1978 Fender Stratocasters copy, “Lady Poison attempted to customize his sound with various guitar parts, before eventually buying a 1974 Gibson Flying V. Hammett also took a job at Burger King as a youth before quitting once he saved enough money to purchase a Marshall amplifier“.