I am very happy to be today’s stop on the Rock Blog Tour. I have seen several shows with Skinn Jakkit and they are a hard rocking band with a lot of energy. Their self-titled CD went live on November 5 and covers a range of topics in some really interesting, relevant, and sometimes surprising lyrics. You can find the CD on Amazon, iTunes, Tate Publishing, and ReverbNation. You can also find the guys on Facebook and at their SkinnJakkit page.
Skinn Jakkit is Greg Stephens on vocals, Barry Sams at lead guitar, Shane Farris on rhythm guitar, Jeff Hayworth at bass, and Jeff “Pup” Price pounding the drums. I had the chance to ask the guys a few questions…
Describe your writing process. Is it lyrics first or does a particular melody catch your attention?
Jeff Price: Melody First
Barry Sams: A cool riff usually sparks the writing process. Me, Shane or Hayworth will toss around a few notes till one of us has a spark that will ignite a song.
Greg Stephens: Barry and Shane are the masters of the riff. They usually jam and I start trying to formulate a lyric pattern. Sometimes I have some lyrics but most of the time I write them at the same time.
Who are your musical influences?
Barry Sams: We have the late 70′s- 90′s metal influences, I myself prefer bands like Fear Factory, All That Remains and GZR.
Jeff Price: Tesla, Stryper, Metallica
Greg Stephens: My influences are all over the board. I love Iron Maiden, Clutch, COC, Alice In Chains and Megadeth. New bands I love Eye Empire and Kill Devil Hill. Guilty pleasure would be Journey.
Who would you most like to perform with?
Barry Sams: At this point Fear Factory or Five Finger Death Punch.
Jeff Price: Shinedown
Greg Stephens: Id say Clutch, Megadeth or hell I said it Metallica.
What are your favorite and least favorite songs to perform?
Barry Sams: Favorite song to perform is a new one we wrote “Cover Story” and then “Farther” off the album. Least favorite is none of the above
Jeff Price: Shame / End of the Line
Greg Stephens: Id favorite is a tie with Shame the brand new one and Change. Least I really don’t have any.
Jeff Hayworth: favorite any of ours ,/ least favorite anyone else’s. (covers)
Tell us about your experience shooting the video for Epiphany.
Jeff Price: Difficult, wasn’t able to have much volume to the playback so it made it hard for me, the drummer to really show much energy or aggression in my playing. Still was a great experience.
Barry Sams: You have to be still, then more energy, then don’t look at the camera, then the cops get called, then break, then change clothes, more pictures. Its cool I like it!!
Greg Stephens: It was a very overcast day. Industrial park, old steel mill. In the shadows of downtown. Had people driving by and watching. Got the cops called on us for noise. Funny enough we had a hard time hearing the music. Lol, the noisy one was Mr. Price. Trouble maker. We had a scene that is only briefly in the video where I had to walk down this fence line while all the band members were scattered along the fence line. I walked slooooooow at their orders we did it a few times. Price says man there is a bag at my feet and something stinks. We go look and it’s a dead animal. Ewwwwww true story.
Let’s talk tour riders: what is the one thing you MUST have when on the road?
Jeff Price: Peace Tea, BBQ or Hot Pork rinds, Granola bars
Barry Sams: Nothing but the essentials for the road. Well…maybe Diet Sundrop.
Greg Stephens: Water, Juice, Fruit and some Cheerwine as a special
Any road stories you can share without incriminating anyone?
Barry Sams: Scaring Price into thinking he was late for the plane. Being laid over in Chicago for 9 hours. Hayworth scaring the hell out of convenience store patrons hollering WHAT THE F*%K!!! [He's over 6' tall. Would scare me!]
Shane Farris: ( The Quiet One) Yeah I would agree with the WTF story.
Jeff Price: Getting woke up abruptly while sleeping on a bench while waiting on the flight to leave for Oklahoma.
Greg Stephens: Welllll, we pull a lot of pranks and Price is a common target but the best prank was one I Orchestrated in the studio on Barry. Barry took his prized “never take it off the wall don’t even look at it” Schecter guitar to OKC to record and do the video. I immediately started to scheme. He is laying down scratch tracks for Price to do his drum tracks and he has to go to the restroom. I get Shane to be lookout and to let me know when Barry is coming, I have Price lay in the floor and he wraps Barry’s guitar chord around his leg. I litterally take about 5 mins to carefully lay the guitar down on the floor. Shane gives me the high sign and I kick over an empty guitar case and Price starts with the “OOOOOooo Ooooo.” The look on Barry’s face was priceless, if you will. He is gritting his teeth taking it all in. After about 3 or 4 mins he’s like “are you ok” with gritted teeth. ”Because if you are I’m gonna kill you. Of all the things to happen, you and your big clumsy feet.” ”Hey Barry” I’m pointing to the guitar case. “I swear I should have never brought it.” “Hey Barry,” the case. “You are so damn destructive.” Finally I drop the case again. “You sorry Son Ofa”…and he walks out of the room!
Sounds like these guys are as much fun off stage as they are on stage. They are based out of the Hickory, NC area but are about to start touring to promote their CD. Be sure to check them out! The next stop on the Rock blog Tour is on Thanksgiving, November 28 at Kristyn Phipps blog. Here is the video for Epiphany to whet your appetite: