Today we speak to CRNKSHFT!
Let’s start with this: What’s the history of your band?
Our History is long and broken, from going through 9 drummers in one calendar to a complete break up and 2 year hiatus, we assembled a motley crew of guys with the same musical outlook and vibe, and talent. This line up has been together for 2 years, we’ve solidified each position and we’re taking huge strides every step of the way.
What’s your musical history? (Trained or Amateur)?
Most of us are self taught or have had minimal lessons. Seb studied at ETM in Geneva. Like most musicians our influence moulded us into the musicians we are.
So what can you tell us about your latest album? (Inspiration. Sound. Style.)
Our inspiration was really a zero fucks given approach. And that may sound a little cliche but really we didn’t set out to write any particular type of song or any particular message. We just wrote a bunch of killer tracks and laid them down in the studio.
How did you go about making it?
We went traditional, we hired a local producer ( Darren Grahn ) and used some local studios that have been churning out great records for decades ( Armoury, Fader )
Anything you’ve learnt as you’ve gone along? Or have you simply tried a bit of everything to see how it works?
We learnt to be patient. That’s for sure. We’ve put a lot time into the record, and we think the product shows that.
We didn’t try many tricks or make a lot of broad changes, we knew we had good tracks, just added some studio sprinkles.
What sort of technology and instruments do you work with?
We keep it pretty simple, prestige and ibanez guitars, pearl drums. Cheap beat to crap microphone. Marshall and Mesa amps, WB gear and SIT strings.
Anything you’re keen to use on your next album?
As far as gear goes, a few custom guitars but mostly just crazy excited for the new music. If you liked this EP at all, pure devastation awaits my friend.
Let’s have a few general questions now. What do you see as a musicians role in society?
For us its about making people think a little more about their surroundings. Pop music is there for the masses, people don’t like hearing the truth sometimes so if we can make music with the same power and message of metal but bring it to the masses we’ve achieved our goal.
If you could change one thing about the music industry, what would it be?
Bring back record labels that take a chance on bands. There are so many talented people and great music that goes unnoticed because of funding issues and other money related issues. So, also I’ll take this time to say support your local scene.
Any advice for new bands?
Keep grinding. Over night success is a lottery. Even the big boys grind. Its hard work, love what you do.
Trump or Putin?
Orange Hitler or baby Stalin? I’ll have to get back to you; ha-ha.
Anything you’d like to tell our readers?
All the bands in the world started somewhere, support bands when they are starting out, help set the machine in motion. And hey might as well see them when the tickets are $10 instead of $180
Any last words for our readers?
CRNKSHFT is here to stay! This is the tip of the iceburg #dfu #crnkshftiscoming