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10 Quick Ones with SKYND – June 2018

According to a recent press release: “Electronic infused industrial duo SKYND have released their debut track “Elisa Lam.” Accompanying the song is the unnerving and eerie video, which was created and directed by TallyHo! The video premiered via Cryptic Rock. The video depicts the real life tragic and mysterious events of the ill-fated night in 2013 in which Elisa Lam was found dead in the water tank of the Cecil Hotel in Los Angeles. SKYND is the dark creative outlet and alter ego of its lead singer, Skynd, and long-time producer and multi-instrumentalist “F.” Their first track was produced at Studio 301 in Sydney.” We get SKYND to discuss new music, influences, and more in our 10 Quick Ones…

1. Tell us a little about your latest release. What might a fan or listener not grab the first or second time they listen through? Are there any hidden nuggets the band put in the material or that only diehard fans might find?

There are two hidden nuggets in “Elisa Lam.” The Middle Part (Bridge) where you hear me sing something weird which sounds like a different language is just the first verse but reverse, and the original news footage where they found Elisa in the water tank is at the end of the song.

2. What got you into music, and can you tell us about the moment you realized you wanted to be a musician?

SKYND, my alter ego, my inner Animal, my imaginary friend inspired me to become a musician. The first time I saw him underneath my grandparents kitchen table, he taught and showed me that evil lies in all of us and is everywhere around us. Thats how I started to sing and write songs. I had to process it in my songs. And last but not least I suffer from ADHD and music is a true therapy to me too.

3. Who would be your main five musical influences?

Pink Floyd, Korn, Enigma, Die Antwoord & Massiv Attack.

4. If you could call in any one collaborator to do a song with, who would it be?

Post Malone or Roger Waters.

5. How would you describe your music to someone who’d never listened to you before?

Our Music is true. The stories behind our lyrics are true. My songs are based on facts and are not romanticized which reflects on the music too.

6. What’s the best thing about being a musician?

Standing on stage with my self-written music/art moving or touching people who are alike and who can relate to the fascination of true crime.

7. When the band are all hanging out together, who cooks; who gets the drinks in; and who is first to crack out the acoustic guitars for a singalong?

We don’t cook together because none of us can cook. We get the drinks together. We always do stuff together 😹. As I don’t play guitar, father’s the one cracking out the acoustic guitar for a jam session.

8. If you weren’t a musician, what would be your dream job?

I would still dream of being a musician.

9. Looking back over your career, is there a single moment or situation you feel was a misstep or you would like to have a “do over”?

Until now I haven’t had a misstep, or I would not call it a misstep because every step brought me further and made me who I am, which is a good thing.

10. If you could magically go back in time and be a part of the recording sessions for any one record in history, which would you choose – and what does that record mean to you?

The Wall by Pink Floyd. It’s about someone more than a little psychotic building walls in his mind to keep out everyone he perceives can hurt him. In other words, everyone. I can relate to that story because I found myself in a similar situation. And talking about the music: Pink Floyd is my favorite band of all time and The Wall is a masterpiece. Who would not wanted to be a part of a historical album like The Wall?





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  1. Jeremiah says:

    Enjoyed this Q&A, very illuminating.

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