The idea of leaving everything you know behind in the pursuit of a passion, be it art or something else, is terrifying but certainly admirable. Not many can do it, although us young people these days warm up to the idea of “doing what you like / screw money” more easily than our older peers. If you do music, sacrificing a lot is the norm, and regardless of whether we here at HighClouds dig your music or not, major props to all artists and hustlers in the music industry who work hard every day doing something that might never be a stable job. It’s brave.
SKULS is an electronic duo originating from the Bay Area and this past year, they’ve made some big changes in their life in the pursuit of music. Since moving to LA and releasing their new “Terminal EP” yesterday, it’s clear from the quick Q&A they had with HighClouds that while doing what you love is fun, it’s most likely never going to be easy.
1) How has your year been? Kind of a big question but I’m really curious about some of the ups and downs you guys have faced while pursuing this music thing.
Eventually, one of our friends left us and moved back home and the other one ended up joining the army. A lot of stuff happened in our personal life and it really felt like we were heading from an amazing place in our life to a really dark one.
2) What is the inspiration/backstory behind one or two (or all) of the songs on the Terminal EP? What is your guys’ creative process like?
Our EP represents everything that happened to us in that first year of moving out of our hometown and pursuing music.[soundcloud url=”https://api.soundcloud.com/tracks/289046237″ params=”color=ff5500&auto_play=false&hide_related=false&show_comments=true&show_user=true&show_reposts=false” width=”100%” height=”166″ iframe=”true” /]
‘1501’, the opening song on the EP, was our old address of the house we made our music in and it was sold right before we left the city. We wanted to open the EP with an epic and sad feeling song that includes hints from our past in it. It even includes sounds that we recorded inside the house when it was emptied out.[soundcloud url=”https://api.soundcloud.com/tracks/289046160″ params=”color=ff5500&auto_play=false&hide_related=false&show_comments=true&show_user=true&show_reposts=false” width=”100%” height=”166″ iframe=”true” /]
‘Power’ is the song that represents the move from the Bay Area to LA. This excitement of the unknown and the beginning of our new lives. The song is pure adrenaline, and represents our feelings the night we packed up and left.[soundcloud url=”https://api.soundcloud.com/tracks/288857990″ params=”color=ff5500&auto_play=false&hide_related=false&show_comments=true&show_user=true&show_reposts=false” width=”100%” height=”166″ iframe=”true” /]
‘Lotusville’ was made when we got to LA and started to first feel the darkness in our situation. The song is suppose to represent the anger we felt as well as the coldness we felt from our new home.[soundcloud url=”https://api.soundcloud.com/tracks/289046043″ params=”color=ff5500&auto_play=false&hide_related=false&show_comments=true&show_user=true&show_reposts=false” width=”100%” height=”166″ iframe=”true” /]
‘Movements’ was a song of acceptance. We locked ourselves in our room for a day and just expressed all of our pain from the past year and made this, and, although not everything became better in our lives, we slowly started to accept the change that we were experiencing, and this was a major moment in that acceptance.
3) Is there anything you wish listeners knew about you that just wouldn’t be apparent on first glance/listen/impression?
We really want people to know that for us, this music is more then just finding a “sick drop”
We use producing as a way to vent how we feel. It’s our most effective way of communicating and whether there’s a story, a mood, or a vision, we want the listener to know that our music goes deeper than sound.
4) Who are some of your inspirations? Musical or in general?
We will always be inspired by artists who mix their integrity and vision with their work. Musically, there are so many great artists out right now who treat music as a channel instead of a lifestyle. There are also a lot of great music scenes that embrace that ideology, such as the Bay Area rap scene or the UK electronic scene. Both have created a culture and a style around the artists which makes it a comfortable community for artists to express themselves through their music.
5) What has been one of the coolest music-related experiences that have happened to you guys this year?
We played a show last Halloween alongside Lunice and Danny Seth. We found ourselves on the stage with Danny for his performance and the energy from the crowd was crazy. At one point Danny was in the crowd and then hopped back on stage bleeding and he just kept going. I think it was memorable for us because we realized that this was the exact energy we want for a SKULS set. We also played a Mixmag event this month, which was crazy because we remember watching their livestreams back when we lived in the Bay Area.
6) If you could give one inspirational quote or line (yours or someone else’s) for people to remember, what would it be?
7) And lastly… any other cool news you want to share with listeners besides the release of this EP today?
We have so much music on our hands right now, and our quality and direction seem to get better and clearer everyday. We’re really excited to show you everything and we hope you enjoy the EP as much as we do.
You can stream and download SKULS‘ “Terminal EP” here.