SKINFLINT are back with a new album. That is enough for to wanting to interview them again. Anders Ekdahl ©2017

When the band came into creation what was the main purpose for it?
-Skinflint was founded in 2006 with the idea of combining elements from African culture, with Heavy Metal music.

How hard is it to come up with a sound that is all yours? What bits’n’pieces do you pick up from other stuff to make it your sound?
-The music and lyrics are heavily inspired by African mythology. Musically we are also inspired by African rhythms and Borankana.

You have a new album to promote. I have no idea what kind of creative process you guys go through but how hard is it to write and record new songs?
-Writing music is hard work, but it doesn’t feel like it for us. As we were inspired, and enjoyed making the album. For the recording of this album. We tried to respect and capture as close as possible the original feel of the songs. We did not use any studio tricks, much effects, and post processing. What you hear, is how the band sounds live. I think the recording feels more natural this way, it is sincere.

Today technology allows you to record at home and release your music digitally. But in doing so is there a risk that you release only single songs because that is what is demanded to stay atop and therefore you end up killing the album for example?
-We never think about it that way. We create music with the intention of creating a unique experience, and listening to the album as a whole.

I for one feel that the change in how people listen to music today, by downloading it and expecting to get it for free, will kill music as we know it. What kind of future is there for music?
-If they respect music, and the artists works. Then they should not be expecting it for free. We can’t ignore it, but we have to adapt and try make the best of the situation.

What kind of responses do you get to your music? What has been the thing that has gotten the most attention?
-Our style of African Metal, has gotten the attention of international media, such as the BBC documentary done on Skinflint and the Botswana metal scene

We live in a world where there are no real distances between people communicating anymore.
-What has been the most surprising contact so far?

Does playing in a band make you feel like you are a part of a greater community? What has music brought with it that you would have otherwise missed out on?
-We feel like we are a living our dream, and played a part in putting African Metal on the map.

What is the live scene like for you? Do you feel that playing live helps building a bigger following?
– In Botswana we have a small, but passionate following of leather clad metalheads. We have also toured and headlined festivals across Africa. Recently we just came back from a European tour supporting Tarja Turunen in May 2017. Our touring experiences have been mostly positive, and we feel it is important to play live. Not just for build a following, but also to connect with fans and gain experience.

What plans do you have for the future?
-We are currently writing new material for a future project. We are set to perform in Cape Town, South Africa on the 29th July 2019 at WinterFest’17.

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