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Skidders – Interview


Interview with Pete Devine of Pete’s Rock News and Views (http://petesrocknewsandviews.com)

PD: What type of artist are you?

S: Writer, producer, guitarist. Playing many live gigs, currently in the studio recording and collaborating. Live shows will come some time in the future but not currently planned. Can’t sing – most tracks are instrumental or bring in featured artists for vocals.

 

PD: Tell us the brief history of yourself.

S: It consists of just me – Skidders aka Steve Skidmore from the Black Country in the middle of England. The Lord of the Rings “Mordor” was named after the Black Country where industry in the 1800’s resulted in black clouds of smoke from furnaces etc.

I started plating drum in the Boys Brogue whilst also learning piano forte. I joined a C&W band playing drums at the age of 24, then went over to lead guitar at 15. Playing in various bands until 28, I did a full apprenticeship across clubs etc.

In more recent years, Skidders has played with the likes of Dexy’s Midnight Runners Kevin Rowland and the critically acclaimed duo, Bukechi with Sammi Roberts.

 

PD: Who are your musical and non-musical influences?

S: The Shadows, Eric Clapton, Ten Years After, CCR, KT tunstall, Dire Straits, Santana and more. I like to think I am a rock/blues/jazz musician but music extends these genres.

Non-music – the Queen, Winston Churchill, Joanna Lumley.

 

PD: What are your dreams and goals?

S: My music to be picked up and used for TV or Film and other uses and heard/appreciated by larger groups.

 

PD: Who writes your songs, what are they about?

S: All me! First album there were no dedications and titles were picked at random (suggested by fans online), except one track “Just Boozin’”, the only track with vocals and dedicated to the odd drink or two!

Album 2 & 3 were all dedicated to friends and family who are either still with us, or not. Album 2 included one vocals track (as all 3 albums) dedicated to, believe it or not, Skidders’ mother in law! Album 3, Skidders brought in the Cotswold legend Andrew James to sing on the track and single “I Wonder”, dedicated to SKidders’ wife.

Skidders’ next album, release date TBD, “Feckham Hall” will be dedicated to all the people he knows who couldn’t care less about his works!

 

PD: How do you promote your band and shows?

S: I have been extremely busy promoting “Friends & Family Vol. 2”. Using the Label Machine’s process, bloggers and playlist Curators have been contacted, together with targeted PR organisations. The promotion of this album has been a revelation!

 

PD: What do you think about downloading music online?

S: Mixed thoughts. It’s really the only way to go now, but it takes away the value of “albums” and “singles” from yesteryear.

 

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

S: Mmmm – difficult one. I’m not ‘jealous’ over any one song I wish I had written – I just appreciate them. Free’s ‘Alright Now’ and the Stones ‘Honky Tonk Woman’ to me is what singles were all about. Fresh, new for their time. If I had to choose one song, I guess it would be ‘Alright Now’

 

PD: What are some of your pet peeves?

S: Open mics when people don’t get off after their two songs! Also, recorded backing for bands playing “live”.

 

PD: What is your proudest moment in music?

S: Being a huge Beatles fan, playing in the Cavern in Liverpool (on both stages). A couple of weeks after playing there, Paul McCartney was on the TV playing the same stage I had been on!

 

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

S: Just released and promoting 3rd album, 4th May, “Friends & Family Vol. 2”. After promotion cycle will start on 4th album, “Feckham Hall”.

 

PD: What music have you available online and where can we buy it from?

S: 3 albums, plus an album with duo Bukechi. You need to have eclectic, broad music taste to listen to Skidders. The Label Machine recently suggested to enter Skidders’ music in Chill playlists. Album 1 was all electric, rock & jazz; album 2 all acoustic, blues, folk etc; album 3 is a total mixture including reggae, rock*, Celtic etc. ‘Aunty Bulgaria” was no. 37 in the Hypeddit rock charts.

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