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A Dirty Dozen with SKUFF MICKSON – March 2023

| 10 March 2023 | Reply

According to a recent press release: “We’ve all fantasized about our ditching our day job to pursue “the dream” but few have followed through like alternative/indie artist Skuff Micksun. After quitting the 9 to 5 to become a full time artist, the Cleveland, OH native found himself broke, but not broken. He’s spent his time relentlessly focused on capturing raw emotion in a timeless fashion through his complex and introspective music. Combining spoken word with unforgettable melodies and lyrics, he is an artist for the people delivering the sometimes dark but always persistent hope for a better tomorrow. “BANK BROKE” by Skuff Micksun is out now and can be found on all streaming music platforms.” We get Skuff to discuss new music, influences, and more.

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 you put in the material or that only diehard fans might find?

“Bank Broke” is about being down and out while still pushing through and not making it any worse than it already is. It’s two voices inside of Skuff Micksun’s head having an argument. One is very emotional and frustrated while the other is trying to calm the situation.

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

I bought my first guitar when I was 13. I remember going with my friend to look at instruments because we were getting really into music at the time so we wanted to start a band haha. My friend picked up a bass, so I did too. I wasn’t really sure about it so I went and tried out a cheap Squire Strat and fell in love. I never took lessons, I just started messing around and writing terrible little tunes everyday until I was completely immersed. Never really went back from the day I got my first guitar.

3. Building on that, is there a specific song, album, performer, or live show that guided your musical taste?

I can’t say specifically to kick off my musical taste per say. My first real concert was Blink 182 and No doubt which was great but I wouldn’t say it was until last year when I saw IDLES live in concert that I was ever completely engulfed in any live show such as that one. Truly a beautiful and inspiring experience.

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

What a tough question. Honorable mention would be Joe Talbot because I think our energies would absolutely rip together haha BUT I guess I have to go with Justin Vernon (Bon Iver) because I think we could create something so authentic and unique together.

5. What is your favorite activity when out of the studio and/or not on tour?  What do you like to do to unwind?

I love a good bike ride around Cleveland. Just roll around, find good area to sit and read, write, have a cold one and just relax in cool little spots I find haha.

6. How would you describe your music to someone who’d never listened to you before? What is the one comparison a reviewer or fan has made that made you cringe or you disagree?

I would say It’s energetic alt rock type of vibe with unforgettable lyrics, mixed with super catchy melodies, spoken word build ups thrown in along with a hint of chaos, pain, love and beauty all to create a world of it’s own. I say this because I simply have no idea how to categorize my music. So feel free to tell me what YOU GUYS think it is haha! I get compared to any artists that do spoken word ish music, probably because its so niche that a lot of people have nothing else to compare it to, but I’ve gotten Listener, Hobo Johnson, La Dispute, Bright Eyes stuff like that but I see where people are coming from I just think it’s much different. I always find it wild what other people hear in my music.

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

We are like a transformer. We move as a unit lol I don’t know how to answer this one.

8. When was the last time you were starstruck and who was it?

I’ve never reallllly felt that way. I was super excited to meet the band Trophy Scars a long time ago but I don’t ever recall feeling that way.

9. What is the best part of being a musician? If you could no longer be a musician for whatever reason, what would be your dream job?

I just love capturing a feeling in a song. I love having that said feeling resonate with someone that comes to a show and scream/sings their heart out. It takes me out of the world we live in and lets me create my own if not for just a little while even.

10. What is one question you have always wanted an interviewer to ask – and what is the answer? Conversely, what question are you tired of answering?

I guess I’ve never really thought about it but I do love talking about odd talents and fun stuff like that. Love to learn something about people that I would never expect. For example, I can ride unicycles like a mad man haha maybe not like a mad man but I’m pretty comfy on one. I’m down to answer anything at all however the super typical, “what genre would you say you are?” question is getting old because of the fact that I feel like everyone’s ideas of genres are so different. It’s all kinda useless labels in my opinion. a lot of people think ‘punk rock’ is ‘this’ where I think it’s ‘that’ ya know? If art is in the eye of the beholder than let it beheld or something like that lol.

11. 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,” even if it didn’t change your current situation?

I like to think it alllll got me here and I truly feel good.






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ToddStar - that's me... just a rocking accountant who had dreams of being a rock star. I get to do the next best thing to rocking the globe - I get to take pictures of the lucky ones that do. I love to shoot all genres of music and different types of performers. If it is related to music, I love to photograph it. I get to shoot and hang with not only some of my friends and idols, but some of the coolest people around today.

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