17 Jun 2024

Remember Me? | Join | Recover
Click here to sign in via social networking

Devilskin - Devilskin Newsletter Interview

31 Oct 2016 // An interview by terry666

Terry had the pleasure of interview Paul Martin from Devilskin. Here's what he had to say:

Hey there Paul. You guys have a new album due out 11th of the 11th, is there any significance to the dates?

Yeah well 11th of 11th a lot of people freak out on those numbers and we thought it suited things nicely. When it comes to release dates you so many things that have to be lined up first and it all happened on that day and we thought oh cool number. It wasn’t intentional but the timing was perfect for us.

To the new album with the writing and recording process was there much differences from the last album? How do you guys work with the writing, is it Nails and yourself or do you all come together and write? How do you guys work like that?

It’s weird because like the first album the very first jam we had together we wrote Fade, Little Pills and Until You Bleed. That was in the first jam so it happened real easy for us. Nail or I come up with a riff and we all roll with it from there. Jennie, of all the musicians I have played with has this uncanny gift for melody and she'll just sing over the top of our riffs and I get chills, I get goose bumps. She’s gifted and it just drips out of her and yeah. With the first album we had 3 or 4 years together before we did the album so it was a long process and the songs came real easy to us. For this new album we demoed close to 30 songs for it and there were tracks that didn’t make it onto the first album that we really wanted to put onto this album. With 30 tracks and with the luxury of a bit more time on our side we were able to take some time out to just do some song writing so we would shoot off to the Bach for a few days the four of us. It was really good and we were really focused on it and I think they did better for it the songs sound a lot more focused and to the point.

You guys got lucky and were able to record overseas. Who did that go for you?

It cost us a lot to get that lucky. New Zealand is running out of studios, big ones that is and the fact is that it’s so pricey now days, it’s as cheap to record overseas as it is here so if you’re over there for a few gigs you might as well do some recording. A lot of the studios in the UK and Europe have accommodation as well so you get to stay on site too, which is real good because you’re just so immersed in the recording process. Basically living in the studio and working on it 12-13 hours a day and living there it just makes it a really good atmosphere to get creative and to record in.

In my opinion it’s very difficult to make money and be a musician in New Zealand. How do you get past that obstacle?

It’s taken me 50 years to try and figure that one out myself. It’s a combination of things. You have to have the right chemistry in the band. The first time I heard Jennie sing, she sent a demo into The Axe Attack years ago I think she was about 16-17 I think and holy crap as soon as I heard it knew she had that X factor and knew she was special. I never dreamed I would get to play in a band with her. But once you have that chemistry and it all starts and finishes with having an amazing singer and Jennie's more gifted than any one I have ever met in that department so that’s where you start. But people think Devilskin just popped up overnight, but really we didn’t - we played shitty little bars up and down the country for 3 or 4 years before anyone had heard any our songs. The Rock took a year to play Little Pills once I had presented it to them so I wasn’t getting any favours and I worked for them. But we just stuck to our guns and that’s part of the title for the album Be Like The River. It’s a song that didn’t make it onto the album, much like We Rise didn’t make it onto the first album but it’s on the new one. But the lyric goes Be like the river that cuts through the stone. You just got to keep going and you will wear a path for yourself and make your way out to the sea or get to be where you need to be. But you just got to stick with it. That’s the biggest thing for bands in this country is you just got to stick with it and work hard.

What would you describe as one of your career highlights?

Last time Black Sabbath came over I got to hang out with Tony Iommi for a good hour, so the only thing left on my bucket list is shaking Jimmy Page’s hand. There’s been a lot. Getting to share the stage with Heaven and Hell and Down. Sharing the Motorhead and getting to hang out with Lemmy, there’s been some pretty magic moments.

Could you please give us some words of advice for young musicians?

Be like the river and cut through the stone, fight like a lion defending his home.

I’ve been playing in bands since I was 17 and basically it’s all I ever wanted to do when I grew up. If you still got a band and your still enjoying it after years to me that’s making it, you know. There’s a lot to be said for experience and I see some of these new bands and young bands and they are full of it and I see them making silly mistakes and I just think you’re just going to have to be in it a few more years to learn that you don’t do that sort of thing. Experience counts for a lot and if you haven’t been an arsehole then you’re still going to survive in your chosen scene years later. You have to treat people with respect. You have to conduct yourself well and you have to have that passion and that fire. I think that’s the key to longevity.


About Devilskin

Devilskin formed in June 2010 in Hamilton New Zealand and features the spectacular Jennie Skulander on lead vocals. Her powerful and compelling voice and alluring stage presence sets her apart from any vocalist New Zealand has put up so far. With an unerring gift for melody, Jennie's incredible voice sweeps from whisper to roar, rips with power, drips with melody and captivates with sincerity.

Jennie previously fronted Rotorua band Slipping Tongue garnering a swathe of fans with their videos, EPs and album. Slipping Tongue also impressed many when they opened for Coheed & Cambria in 2008.

On lead guitar is Nail from the popular Waikato band Chuganaut who won the NZ Battle of the Bands and the World Battle Of The Bands in 2004. Played BDO in 2005 and opened for Iron Maiden at Mt Smart stadium in 2009. Chuganaut has played numerous national tours and released several singles, EP’s, videos and an album. Nail's searing guitar work and high energy performance bring real intensity to the live show. Nail also performs with Beckoned.

Visit the muzic.net.nz Profile for Devilskin


Year: 2024
Type: EP
Year: 2020
Type: Album
Buy Online @ Mightyape
Be Like The River
Year: 2016
Type: Album
Buy Online @ Mightyape
We Rise
Year: 2014
Type: Album
Buy Online @ Mightyape
Live At The Powerstation
Year: 2014
Type: DVD

Other Interviews By terry666

Interview: Seas of Conflict
05 Mar 2019 // by terry666
Seas of Conflict are a hard-hitting heavy metal band from Hamilton. Their 2017 EP Vestige along with their recently released single Monachopsis have proven that they are an incredible act worth paying attention to.
Barney Greenway Napalm Death Interview
01 Oct 2017 // by terry666
We’re talking with Barney Greenway who with Napalm death and the assistance of Valhalla touring is bringing their Campaign for musical destruction tour down to Auckland October the 4th. How are you going?
Poison Skies Newsletter Interview
02 Nov 2016 // by terry666
Auckland-based high-energy rock band Poison Skies have just released their long-awaited debut EP Day to Defy, and are embarking on the Road Rage tour, a 5-city trip through the North Island, with co-headliners Rebel Sound Radio. Terry had a chat to Jamie (bass), and here's what went down: What would you describe as Poison Skies' style?
Rebel Sound Radio Newsletter Interview
31 Oct 2016 // by terry666
Rebel Sound Radio are best described as a hard hitting three piece collective, unified by volume, distortion, high energy and with a drive to break away from the everyday grind. Formed to start something new and forge a totally different sound that will sent them apart.
Thy Assassin - Thy Assasin - A World Left Behind Album Interview
23 Mar 2015 // by terry666
Interview with Josiah Forlong from Thy AssassinQuestions by Terry You have just released your first album A World Left Behind, how excited are you about that? It’s been a long time over a year for this dreaming of actually getting it out there we are pretty happy to be finally doing it.
Villainy Ammunition Tour Newsletter Interview
06 Sep 2014 // by terry666
Villainy interview with Neill Fraser4-09-2014Questions by Terry Villainy is about to head out on the Ammunition tour is that right? Yeah we're about to head out to 6 cities I think around the country just a little blast to get back out there we haven’t really toured since the end of last year.
The Datsuns' Deep Sleep Newsletter Interview
05 Sep 2014 // by terry666
The Datsuns Interview with Phil Somervell03-09-2014Questions by Terry Album number 6 Deep Sleep is about to be released in October. What are you most excited about?
8 Foot Sativa Interview 22/09/2012
14 Oct 2012 // by terry666
I caught up with Jack Hammer from 8 Foot Sativa just hours before their opening slot for Fear Factory. How does it feel to be back in 8 Foot Sativa and what brought you guys back together as a band?
View All Articles By terry666

NZ Top 10 Singles

    Tommy Richman
    Sabrina Carpenter
    Billie Eilish
    Sabrina Carpenter
    Post Malone feat. Morgan Wallen
    Kendrick Lamar
    Billie Eilish
View the Full NZ Top 40...
muzic.net.nz Logo
100% New Zealand Music
All content on this website is copyright to muzic.net.nz and other respective rights holders. Redistribution of any material presented here without permission is prohibited.
Report a ProblemReport A Problem