A Q&A with Skags
Alternative electronic psychedelic rock from Athens, Greece – here’s Sotirios Angelidis from Skags…
How did you get the title of your latest release, and what does it mean to you?
Our debut album is called Digital Cage of a Cursed Generation. 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 90s 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.
What was the hardest part about putting this release together, and why?
Our album was recorded during the Covid-19 pandemic which made the procedure very hard for all of us because we had to reschedule and postpone recording sessions, rearrange new dates for rehearsals and so on. The second lockdown came during the official release of the album. So, as you can see, it was a bunch of misfortunes that we overcame and managed to release this album.
What do you enjoy most about producing your own material?
The album is produced by both us and Play Recording Studio. The production process is something that we enjoy because we put our ideas in the songs exactly the way that we want them to be. So, the result is real and authentic. Nevertheless, it is a difficult process and an idea or a suggestion of a producer or an engineer is always welcome and can result in a better song.
What do you want the listener to take away from listening to your music?
Listening to our work is an emotional experience. We want our listeners to connect to the music and lyrics, all the while challenging their perspective on the social problems that this digital era has brought up.
How does a track normally come together? Can you tell us something about the process?
Sotiris (bass, vocals) is the mind behind most of our songs. He sends his ideas of a song to the rest of the band and everyone adds his/her expertise to bring the whole concept to life.
What band/artists have influenced you the most since you started this project, and why?
We come from a wide variety of music backgrounds, so we are inspired by many music genres. Some of them include Pink Floyd, Radiohead, Archive, Porcupine Tree which are more obvious in our songs, but there are also others not so obvious like Opeth, Dream Theater, Guns ‘n’ Roses, Deep Purple and many more.
When the world is back to normal, where would you like to tour, and why?
We really look forward to that! Our first goal is a release party for our album Digital Cage of a Cursed Generation. Apart from that, we hope that we can join festivals or play gigs all around Greece and in Europe as well.
If you could pick one track for our readers to listen to in order to get a taste of your music, what would you pick, and why?
We think that our opening song ‘Turn It On’ best describes our sound and gives a little taste of what is yet to come!
What ambitions do you have for the band/your career?
Well, they say the sky’s the limit. We have a lot of ambitions for the band and we put a lot of effort into that. Currently, we have already written songs for two more albums and we want to record them and produce new albums. The biggest ambition, though, is to continue writing music that means something to us and other people.
Finally, as you leave the stage, what are your parting words?
Thank you so much, guys, for inviting us here for this interview. We wish you all the best and we really hope that we will meet on a stage someday.
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