Those who like old school heavy metal sounds might know this Canadian band, called Skull Fist!
Hi! Tell me about Skull Fist. Why did you decide to name the band with such title? What kind of ideas do you explore?
Metallica was taken so I went with Skull Fist, I like to explore anything and everything just like everyone should. There is no brain door I won’t open.
“Chasing the Dream” album was released two years ago! What about some new kick ass stuff from you? You had 3 years break between first two albums, does it means your new album will be out on 2017?
We always seem to be plagued with negative impacts to the progress of the fist. This new one is my vocal chords being all “bunged up” so after some surgeries and I am ready to rock we will bang it out, it’s written and done, we are just waiting on my throat vagina to heal up.
Where do you take all inspiration from?
13.7 billion year old universe, 3-4 billion year old planet, where NOT to take inspiration from? anything and everything I suppose although I feel like a loser using the word “inspiration” hahah.
In your opinion, what is the best way to define Skull Fist’s sound?
From the very start Skull Fist plays deeply old-school kind of metal, what does those days music means for you? Are you into old sounds only, or maybe you also accept some modern sounds?
I go wherever the melody takes me, I’d think anyone a fool to have one life and only hear one sound.
Both your albums were released by Noise Art records, also by Spiritual Beast in Japan etc. Have you ever thought what the secret of Skull Fist’s success is?
Have never thought nor considered anything like that. I just make music and enjoy travelling. There’s no need to assess yourself.
Since albums were also released in Japan – what the kind of support you have got from Japanese fans?
We just got back from Japan, I suppose we have a lot of support now which is real nice. I love the geography and history of Japan so I’ll jump at any chance to get over there and have a look around and absorb some jap vibes, pretend to be a photographer with some sick lightroom edits, you know?
What are your main musical influences? How huge is their influence in your sound?
All music, all life, all emotions, big acoustics while taking a big shit.
Is there some well-known musician in particular that you would like to use in one of your upcoming albums?
Maybe some Tom Petty? I’d love to cover some of his music.
What is your personal strategy for making your music heard by a larger audience?
Making what you consider good music doesn’t mean good people will hear it. It means everyone will hear it whether you like it or not, or no one will hear it? But if you are making music because you want the entire world to hear it I’d say your in it for the wrong reason anyways. Just do your thing and be honest with yourself, give it a little push and the rest should happen on its own? Hell, I’m not a music guru, I just write songs and hopefully get some travel time in there.
Do you have any other hobby beside music?
Astronomy, exercise, reading, photography, traveling. eating, smelling stuff, house plants, masturbating, cuddling, long walks on the beach, public nudity, public sex.
What does your pseudonyms means?
They mean we couldn’t come up with a more triumphant one like Batman or The blob, all of the guys use there real last names, it’s only me who uses slaughter instead of schottler, when I played hockey as a kid the announcer in my hometown always used to says “slaughter”. I feel more comfortable using this last name, to legally chang it would be cool, start my own history you know?
Are you all supported by your relatives towards your devotion to music?
I’m sure the other guys families are happy with what their sons have been accomplishing.
How’s the metal scene in Ontario right now? Is it easy to play gigs, to buy records etc there these days?
I don’t go out to gigs often so I’m not sure dude. There are lots of record shops though I’ve been told and I know a lot of the local bands seem to play often enough so I’d have to say it’s doing good? who knows though.
Thank you for answering my questions, see ya on the road!