SKINFLINT are back with a new album. That means a new interview. So read what the band has to say this time around. Anders Ekdahl ©2018
What kind of vision did you have when you started and how has it changed over the years?
-The vision of Skinflint was to play Heavy Metal from a different perspective, and include elements from African Culture into the music. I think after many years of playing music you start to discover elements in your sound that are unique and over the years we have tended to push those elements more to the forefront. I think the band has a stronger identity now.
Does location mean anything today? We used to hear about how it was all location, location, location back in the days if you wanted to make it big?
– over. However, when it comes to touring and performing the challenges still stand. I think it is much more difficult for a band in Africa to tour, due to the distances, travel expenses are very high here for a touring band and the conditions you have to play in are very difficult. There are little to no promoters and venues willing to work with Rock/Metal bands here in Botswana.
What is it like to have people you never met liking your music and singing along to it at gigs?
-It is an amazing feeling. You feed off each other’s energy and even though you have never met them, you feel a connection to them.
What kind of feedback have you had on your music, your latest album and in general? How important is feedback?
-The feedback has been mostly positive. Feedback is important, but it is not something I think of when making music. There is a danger I think of trying to please too much. The music comes out as pretentious, and you end up sacrificing your vision. I think expressing art should feel congruent and sincere.
How do you know that you have written a “hit” song? Is there a particular feeling you get when you know that this is the one, this is the big “make it song”?
-I can’t describe the feeling, but you just “know it.” It is something you feel in your gut and it sticks with you long after you put your instrument down.
As I am no musician I will never got to know the difference of analogue and digital. Can you explain the difference to me? what are the pros and cons of analogue V/S digital?
-I’m not as experienced on this topic as I’m not a sound engineer, but from my experience I think analogue sounds more organic and warmer. I definitely prefer analogue.
What is it like to be a in a band and to get to tour all over the world? What kind of feelings do that bring about?
-Touring has a lot of ups and downs. It is like walking untroden paths and you can never really know how it will turn out. There is a lot that is stacked up against you, things go wrong, and it can get physically and mentally exhausting. Despite the challenges, it is a highly rewarding experience. Playing to people around the world who appreciate your craft is one of the most amazing feelings.
How important are lyrics to you guys? Do you have any messages that you want to get forward?
-The bands lyrics are deeply inspired by African mythology and storytelling. Most of which is unexplored by mainstream media. We hope that these tales can inspire others, and hopefully have them interpret and create their own twist to them. Not only in music, but in other art forms too.
I love a really cool cover but I get the feeling that today with all this digital uploading/downloading people aren’t that concerned about artwork. How do you feel?
-I feel the same way. It is not as relevant today as it was back then. The cover is much more important to fans who still purchase physical copies, especially Vinyl.
What does the future hold?
-We are hoping to tour soon in support of our latest album.
Thank you for the interview.