SKINFLINT

Botswana. The lady detective you think. Wrong. Botswana should make you think SKINFLINT. Having been round for what seems like an eternity more people should know of this band. Anders Ekdahl ©2016

You have one of these names that tells me that some thought has been involved in the choice. How hard was it to come up with the name?
-To be honest, no thought was put into the name. It just sounded right at the time.

Could you give us a short introduction to how you are being accepted being a rock/metal band in a country not known for its rock/metal bands?
-Despite the scene receiving coverage on an international level, the majority of the population are still ignorant of Rock/Metal bands in Botswana.

Africa is a huge continent and while most countries are pretty stable it must be hard to set up any sort of tours when the infrastructure isn’t there for it. How do you manage to even play live in your country let alone tour other African countries?
-It is challenging doing Metal in Botswana, as there are no Rock/Metal venues, outlets or promoters willing to work with our type of music. We have to set up our own shows here, and have a small but dedicated following of leather clad metalheads. As for touring, travel expenses are ridiculous manly due to the distances, but we have managed succsful tours in Southern Africa and as far as Kenya in Africa.

What would you say have been the single greatest influence on your sound?
-The combination of African musical influences with Heavy Metal.

Something I have often wondered about is if you feel that you are part of something bigger and greater when you play in a band, that you are part of a movement sort of?
-We want to explore the possibilities of African Metal, and help create a new movement within the genre.

When you play the sort of music you play I guess you cannot have birds and bees on the cover of your album? What is a great album cover to you?
-It must capture the atmosphere of the music.

What is your opinion on digital verses physical? Is digital killing music?
-I think there are both benefits and disadvantages. It may harm sales for some artists, but it also gives us the opportunity to reach a wider audience.

When you play live is it a happening or do you see it more as a party?
-It is all about the energy, and expression. An opportunity to connect with the audience.

What would you like to see the future bring?
-We hope to tour Europe in the near future and release our 5th studio album this year.

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