Artist Interview: 1-on-1 with Mystery Skulls

Artist Interview: 1-on-1 with Mystery Skulls

Last week I found myself in Savannah, Georgia. While in town I spent some time with Steven Backman, general manager, Colonial Country Club. He asked if I had heard of Mystery Skulls, and I hadn’t… But I listened to a few songs, was impressed, and introduced myself via Twitter. Before long we were chatting back and forth, and I requested an interview. Steven randomly connected with Mystery Skulls while in Savannah, and I am sure will appreciate the similarity of this interview. But it has been a pleasure chatting with and getting to know Mystery Skulls. Guys, it is my pleasure to introduce you to Mystery Skulls.

So a colleague met you in Savannah, introduced me to your music, and then we connected via Twitter. I appreciate you sitting down with me. That being said, did you enjoy your time in Savannah? What all did you see and where did you play while in town?
Savannah is a really cool place. I performed at a place called Club One. It was an excellent show!

You are on a pretty impressive tour right now. How did you pick these cities and the venues?
The tour that I’m on has been incredible. A lot of these places I’m playing are places that I personally love and have been lucky enough to play over the years. The people that have been coming out every night have been so supportive. It has been such a great experience.

Tell me more about your single “Magic.”
It was a joy to work on and I feel incredibly lucky to have been able to record it with such wonderful people

Did you enjoy working with Nile Rodgers and Brady? How did that relationship start?
Of course. Working with Nile Rodgers has been incredible in a number of ways. We met through the people that signed me to Warner Bros. Records and I feel quite lucky to have been given this opportunity.

What are some cities on your tour bucket list?
I would love to play in Tokyo and in Moscow.

What about Europe?
I have performed in a lot of places in Europe and the people are all very nice and sweet. They love my music there.

Who is French Horn Rebellion?
French Horn Rebellion is a very nice band I’m on tour with right now.

You are active on Facebook and Twitter. What other social networks do you use and what is your favorite?
I really love Tumblr and use it as my main website.

Who are some of your biggest influences?
Michael Jackson, Prince, The Chemical Brothers, Daft Punk, Electric Light Orchestra and Slayer.

How was SXSW?
SXSW was incredible. I felt like I was floating on a cloud.

I love your poster designs. Who does all of your graphic design?
Nick Gazin does most of it. He’s an incredible talent from Brooklyn, New York.

I’m not familiar with William Morris Entertainment. Tell me more about them and what your experience working with them has been.
William Morris Entertainment (also known as WME) is an American talent agency with offices in Beverly Hills. The company was founded in 2009 after the William Morris Agency and the Endeavor Agency merged. WME represents artists across all media platforms, specifically movies, television, music, theatre, digital and publishing. They also represent the NFL. The company is run by Ari Emanuel and Patrick Whitesell. It has been a wonderful experience so far and I cant wait to do more!

Forever is your debut album. Tell me what that experience was like start to finish… From ideas for new songs to the finishing touches.
It was a totally immersive experience to make the album. I can’t really compare it to anything else in my life. I feel very lucky to have been given the opportunity to make a record like Forever.

What’s next for Mystery Skulls?
Making a new record and changing the world.

In all of the interviews I do, I always give the artist the last word. Go.
If you are reading this, I love you. I really do. Everything will be okay. It has to be. Nothing would make sense otherwise. When you listen to my music just close your eyes and imagine the best version of yourself. Imagine my music as a suit of armor you put on before you go out into the world, and every single day I will be with you.

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