Skinny Knowledge – New Interview

Interview with Pete Devine of Pete’s Rock News and Views (

PD: How would you describe yourself or your band as an artist? 

SK: We are an alt-rock/pop-punk band from the South Coast, taking influences from the likes of Foo Fighters,  Green Day, Sum 41, Nirvana, Dinosaur Pile-Up and loads more. High energy, big riffs, catchy chorus, but mainly we’re just having a good time!


PD: Can you tell us briefly about your background – i.e. where you’re from, how you came to make  music, etc.

SK: We’re all from sunny old Bournemouth, and I (Andy L Smooth – frontman) decided to write an album in the midst of a boring lockdown – something I hadn’t done before – and once recorded, I decided to put a  band together. Through the means of Facebook ads and ‘Join My Band’, I found some people  interested, playing the tracks from the album. A couple of line-up changes down the line, and we have a solid Skinny Knowledge outfit. Our bassist, Rab, I found through Facebook I think, and our guitarist, Max, I’ve known since he was born. He’s an old family friend and when I initially tried to form the band, I asked him if he’d join, but unfortunately he had other commitments at the time. When we parted ways with our old guitarist, Max put himself forward and he fitted straight in.


PD: Who and what inspires you to make music, both in terms of musical and other influences? What  do you like to write about in your songs?

SK: Musically, our influences come from lots of different places. Some of our favourite bands and artists  range from Simon & Garfunkel, through to Slipknot, but the most notable ones are bands like Foo  Fighters, Green Day, Nirvana, Royal Blood… That kind of early/mid-90’s grunge and punk sounds that  took over the airwaves. In terms of lyrical inspiration, a lot of what I write is actually very personal. I’m very open and honest in the songs, and 90% of the lyrical content is normally things I’ve been through, good or bad. I find it a lot easier to write about something I’ve actually felt and experienced. I also think it’s very  important to be honest with people, I think that’s when people really click with your music, because they can relate to a similar experience, rather than just singing along to something which makes no sense!


PD: What are your aspirations as an artist?

SK: Apart from taking over the world with our music?! To be honest, without sounding too cheesy, I’ve already kinda reached my initial aspirations of  playing my own music…to have people singing back the words I’d written. It’s amazing to know that people connect with it so much, and sing it back to you. That’s the ultimate feeling, because it  makes you feel like you’ve done something worthwhile in your life. 


PD: What is the proudest moment in your music career so far?

SK: Similarly to the last question, I think writing and recording an album where people connected so  much that they sing back the words, is probably the proudest achievement. 


PD: Promoting one’s music is such a challenge these days, especially with so many new artists  emerging from bedrooms in the day of the home studio. How is that going?

SK: We’re doing all we can to get out there and put our music in front of as many people as possible.  We’ve been a little slower with it this year, as we’ve been concentrating on writing the new album.  We’ve worked with a couple of great PR agents and radio pluggers which has been a massive help in  spreading the SK music out there!


PD: And how do you book and promote your live shows and tours? Any performances coming up?

SK: So far, all our shows and promotion for them has been DIY, but we’re ramping it up for next year, so we’re super excited about that, and hoping to get some bigger and better shows in line for the new album release!


PD: What do you think about downloading music online? What about streaming sites like Spotify?

SK: It’s a bit of a love/hate relationship as it is for everyone. I think it’s a great way to get your music out there to people who would’ve never heard you before, but it also makes it so much more accessible for anyone to release  their music, meaning the internet has become super over-saturated, meaning it’s harder to find exactly what you may be looking for. And also, Spotify doesn’t pay enough, just saying… They wouldn’t even have a business if it weren’t for the artists, so why don’t we get paid more for it?


PD: What song do you wish you’d written and why?

SK: Bohemian Rhapsody, because it’s the greatest song ever written. End of. 


PD: Is there anything you don’t like about the music industry, which you would change if you could?

SK: I’d just like there to be more money within the industry, like there used to be. So much of our  industry is accessible, or given away for free these days, it makes it very hard to make any money. Don’t  get me wrong, it’s not all about the money, but it’d be nice to go out and do a gig, and people pay with those note things that can pay rent, rather than ‘exposure’…


PD: So what are you working on at the moment?

SK: We’re currently writing our new album, which we’ll be recording in December, and we’re super  excited! We currently have a Kickstarter campaign here to help us fund the new album (you know that thing I said about no music in the industry… yeah…) so  please go and check that out!


PD: Where can we learn more about you and buy your music/merch online?

SK: As long as you have access to the internet, you can check out our music! Spotify, YouTube, Apple  Music, all the normal ones… OR head to our website and you can pick up some merch, a CD, or even  a fancy vinyl!

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