Interviews

Skull // Do before you die.

Q1: If you had the opportunity to get an inspiring message across to a large amount of people, what would your message be? 

[Jonny] Don’t believe everything you see and hear …

[Mark] Love and believe in what you do as the time we have is precious.

Q2: How did you get started with your music? And if you weren’t a musician what would you want to be doing?

[Ben] My brother was most influential in getting me into music and this made me want to play guitar. God only knows what I’d do with my spare time if it wasn’t being a musician.

[Jonny] I’d always been interested in music. I listened and sang a lot of tracks growing up. However, I didn’t start playing until my late teens; I just didn’t think I’d be any good at it. One of my friends thought otherwise and showed me the guitar.

[Mark] I’ve always had music as I played from the age of 6, asked for a keyboard and got one and never stopped playing. If I wasn’t a musician then I’d be a professional truck driver.

Q3: What or who keeps you motivated and inspires you?

[Ben] My wife, life in general. Oh, and these three goons in the band 👀

[Jonny] My wife, despite not necessarily sharing an interest in the same genres of music that I like and play. My kids, who I am watching develop a real love of music, and my Grandad, who always took a keen interest in what I was doing musically.

[Mark] My daughter inspires me every day and her love of music adds to the motivation.

Q4: What are the most memorable experiences of your life and career so far? And what have you learned from them?

[Ben] Playing alongside Elvana at packed venues; it’s taught me to be professional but relaxed.

[Jonny] Children are a constant, memorable experience in life that just changes you [in my case for the better]. The most memorable thing I’ve encountered in music is having people greet you and talk about your music in a way that you can see how, somehow, you’ve managed to make an impact.

[Mark] Playing in this band with the boys, who I call my brothers, is a complete experience in itself; making an album and playing to a massive, mental and rowdy crowd in Birmingham O2 with Elvana are my top picks.

Q5: Would you go back and change anything in your career so far? And if not, why?

[Ben] To have pushed my skills earlier in life.

[Jonny] I wouldn’t want to dwell. I am here now and it’s now that I can make a change.

[Mark] Nothing. Why? Because it has been beautiful.

Q6: In the next two years what do you aspire to achieve?

[Aaron] Another album and more festivals.

[Ben] A second album and more reach to more ears.

[Jonny] Mmm … in the next two years, I would like to play some festivals, continue to play to bigger crowds, such as those at the O2 venues that we are playing at the moment, and do some tours of our own further afar. In terms of writing, we are currently working on songs for the second album, so I suppose it is having time for that journey, to develop the concept thoughtfully and release it.

Q7: How much of your life and your background has influenced you to become a songwriter and musician?

[Aaron] A lot of it. Being able to zone out, listen to music and then write music is a great stress reliever and is very rewarding.

[Jonny] It just does. I mean, it has to, right? Otherwise it’s just fantasy, not real …

Q8: Which lyrics mean the most to you and why; ones you have written or ones you didn’t write?

[Jonny] That’s quite a simple one for me to answer. Our song Paean was written through a trying time for sure. When I wrote the song, it kinda took me by surprise. I wasn’t expecting the event that I had experienced to influence my writing, as nothing had really done so on such a level before. However, it has given me a new way to project positively, as Paean means a song of triumph. I think this was the song that helped me understand that I’ve been writing from my subconscious, if that makes sense? There are other lyrics and lines that stand out for me, but I’ll leave it to the listeners to pick out the ones they like.

Q9: If you could collaborate with anyone who would to it be and why?

[Aaron] Josh Homme – his musical experience would benefit us – and specifically to see how he works when he encounters a musical issue; for instance, when he can’t think of a bridge.

[Ben] Josh Homme, Brian May or Eddie Vedder. Just because they’re legends.

[Jonny] Ty Segall, King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard, Thom Yorke, Neil Young and Liam Howlett.

Q10: Is there one most inspiring message you have heard in your life so far?

[Aaron] Love conquers all and change is inevitable, so learn to adapt.

[Jonny] “We are not nouns, we are verbs. I am not a thing. I am a person who does things. I think you can be imprisoned if you think of yourself as a noun.” S Fry.

Q11: Do you have a motto in life that do you live by?

[Aaron] Do before you die.

[Jonny] “The fear of death follows from the fear of life. A man who lives fully is prepared to die at any time.” M Twain

[Mark] What is for you won’t go by you.

Q12: Which other bands or artists are currently on your playlist?

[Aaron] Queens of The Stone Age, Pantera, Radiohead, Pink Floyd, Yes, Metallica.

[Ben] Alice Cooper, Queen, First Aid Kit, Queens of The Stone Age, Pearl Jam.

[Jonny] King Crimson, Fuzz, PJ Harvey, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard, Apollo Brown.

[Mark] Led Zeppelin, Ray Charles, Paulo Nutini, Them Crooked Vultures.

Q13: If you could have one song to be the soundtrack to your life, what would it be and why?

[Jonny] Queens of The Stone Age – Villains of Circumstance

Q14: What are your biggest dreams? And your biggest fears?

[Aaron] Having a wide audience listen to our music is the dream and I never tell anyone my fears.

[Ben] Making it. There’s no point in having fears in this occupation; if you give in to them then nothing happens.

[Jonny] They are the same. To stop overthinking things and to stop overthinking things.

Q15: What are your plans for this year?

[Ben] Sell more records, make a new one and develop my partnership with Brian May Guitars.

[Jonny] Listen, play, learn, do and grow.

Q16: What would your advice be to those who want to live out their dreams? 

[Aaron] Don’t wait around and think big.

[Ben] Do it and enjoy it.

[Jonny] Stop asking for advice and / or permission.

Q17: Lastly, for those who don’t know, what are the best social media methods for people to follow you and your music?

https://www.facebook.com/SKULLtheband/ 

https://soundcloud.com/skulltheband

https://twitter.com/SKULLtheband

https://skullsiuycrecords.bandcamp.com

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