Interview with SKAGS
ROGUE PR (VIMH): Hi guys, congrats on your new album Digital Cage Of A Cursed Generation
SKAGS: Hello guys and thank you very much for inviting us for an interview.
ROGUE PR (VIMH): What is the significance of naming an album after Digital Cage Of A Cursed Generation name?
SKAGS: The record is a rock-fuelled thrill ride from start to finish and it talks on the current climate of the digital era we are living in. The sad truth of how people would rather use things like social media than converse in real life. The album is dedicated to the band's generation who grew up in the early 90’s and saw the destruction of the economic crisis. “Digital Cage Of A Cursed Generation”, is a metaphor for the contemporary Digital Era. As the music progresses through each track, we portray our take on a variety of social issues we deal with today, such as the environmental crisis, drug addiction, police brutality and even loneliness, alienation and depression. We really want to make a truthful connection with every listener, a sort of a non-typical “conversation”. If, after indulging in our music, any of our listeners’ point of view might slightly change in a positive manner, we ’d consider our job done.
ROGUE PR (VIMH): What do the lyrics talk about? Which are your major lyrics’ influences?
SKAGS: The main intention of the songs is to alter your perspective on the world. From “Zak” which talks on victims of law and violence, to “The Guillotine” which talks about the inevitable destruction of our planet. There’s plenty in the slick selection of tracks to sink your teeth into and learn something from. Our songs concern a multitude of subjects, mainly social and political, such as discrimination of any kind and the alienation we experience in modern societies.
ROGUE PR (VIMH): How would you characterize Digital Cage Of A Cursed Generation and what are your expectations from the new album?
SKAGS: “Digital Cage of a Cursed Generation” is an album full of emotion. It gives off a cool vibe that can have you dancing and headbanging, and at the same time it can calm you down and chill you out with its atmospheric ambient sounds. It is an album for all your ups and downs. Its lyrics will make you consider and realize what social problems our digital-era has brought.
ROGUE PR (VIMH): How’s the fans’ reactions been to the new songs on your live shows so far?
SKAGS: Currently we haven’t played a lot of live shows, as the recording and the release of our debut album happened during the Covid-19 era. But from the comments we receive in the social media and from the reviews that the album has, we really hope that the release party of “Digital Cage of A Cursed Generation” will be something special for the fans.
Do you prefer to be on the road or on the studio writing and recording?
While the process of recording an album is most important and it is the core of every work, playing live in front of your fans and connecting with a variety of artists, seeing new places, feeling the vibe of a large venue is always the ultimate experience.
ROGUE PR (VIMH): How did you come up with the name SKAGS initially?
SKAGS: The band’s name began as an acronym, formed by the first letters of our member’s names
at that time. Since then, inevitably, some members left and other came, but in the
meanwhile we decided to keep the name. Actually, the word “skag” is slang for
recreational drugs, and such we consider our music, intense and highly addictive.
ROGUE PR (VIMH): How would you describe your music style to someone that hasn’t heard of you before?
SKAGS: Although we do not believe in certain “labels” in music genres, we think that our music is best described as Alternative Electronic Psychedelic Rock.
ROGUE PR (VIMH): Which do you consider to be the best male & female vocalist in metal history?
SKAGS: Metal music is a very large range of music genres . But we would put Ronnie James Dio above all voices of metal as he has been the mentor of so many vocalists among all sub-genres of metal.
Furthermore, we believe that Anneke van Giersbergen has evolved her voice through the years in such a level that can cover a long variety of vocal challenges. We are amazed by her voice every time we listen to her.
ROGUE PR (VIMH): Which is the record you wish you had written and why?
SKAGS: Christos: I wish I was part of Deep Purple’s “Machine Head” album. I cannot say anything that is not already known about this masterpiece. Iconic guitar riffs (Smoke on the water), Ian Gillan’s voice (Lazy), solid rythm section by Glover and Paice, Jon Lord’s hammond sound...it’s all there!
Sotiris: I wish I had written the “Division Bell” album of Pink Floyd. It is my all time favorite album despite the fact that it was so underrated at the time that it was released.
ROGUE PR (VIMH): Were you obliged to give just one album to extraterrestrials that would represent the whole human music, which album would it be and from which band/artist?
SKAGS: Definitely “The Dark side of the Moon” . It is the one album every alien out there should already have if they are ever planning to visit us!
ROGUE PR (VIMH): If you had the chance to travel in time… where would you choose to go? To the past or the future and why?
SKAGS: The 70’s is the decade we would have loved! We would get the chance to see the bands we worship in their prime. It was the most musically mind-blowing era. All bands who were formed in the 60’s had reached their maturity and already started experimenting new sounds and new bands who became part of history as we know it today were making their debut.
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