Interview with Justyn Vynn from Snakeskyn Whiskey
Today, I would like to present the interview I made with the guitarist from “Snakeskyn Whiskey” band, hope you’ll like it!
Maybe you have never heard about “Snakeskyn Whiskey“. But, there is no better time than now. Firstly I recommend to watch their video and listen to their music, 🙂
Snakeskyn Whiskey – In The Night
For now, they released one studio album “Payments Made In Madness” (2011) available on iTunes.
- Matt Dibi – lead vocals, guitar
- Justyn Vynn – guitar, vocals
- Jordan Dibi – bass, vocals
- Tommy Tarantilis – drums
Maciej Bis: Hey! Firstly, I would like ask about the band name, because I feel that it can be a very interesting story, why have you named yourselves “Snakeskyn Whiskey”?
Justyn Vynn: Well, when we first started the band, I had Whiskey Snakes, Matt (singer) had Snakeskin Sin. We had a list of over 40 names, and those 2 were the ones we kept discussing, so Matt had the idea to put them together. Snakeskin Whiskey. I opted to change the I to a Y, because I felt it would be much easier to find us if fans remembered to spell it with a Y haha, and because the bands we idolized had done it. Motley Crue, Led Zeppelin, Megadeth, Def Leppard, Ratt. Plus I thought it looked awesome like that, and helped the name stick out when it gets bunched with other band names.
MB: When have you formed the band and what was the reason that you decided to play rather heavy than sleaze metal?
JV: We wanted to bring back the musical style of the 80’s as most bands in this genre want to do, but we wanted to incorporate everything that we love, and we love heavy guitars, with pounding drums. A list of our influences goes
like this, Motley Crue, Guns N Roses, Skid Row, Crashdiet, Avenged Sevenfold, Kiss, Metallica, AC/DC, Pantera, Led Zeppelin, Ozzy Osbourne.
You can see the heavy influences, ad you can see the sleazy influences.
MB: What was your biggest musical inspiration when you recorded the last album. I really love the way how the vocals are composed into powerful and loud music – IMHO, that’s exactly how heavy metal should like,
JV: Well when we went to record Payments Made in Madness, most of the songs had been written without a thought for an album. We just write what we want to hear, and that’s why you have songs like Crazy Girl, more of a party song,
and then more steady songs like Children of Pain. We also wanted to see what we are capable of and so that’s why you have a big intro on Under The Knife. When we actually wen to record the album, we wanted it to have a heavy sound, with clarity. We wanted everything to stand out, as opposed to having the bass track too low in the mix to even hear. With the vocals, Matt got so serious about them, he wanted them to be full of emotion, almost like he was angry when he sang them (at least for certain songs).
When we were listening to the final mixes, Matt actually compared the vocal mix to Crashdiet’s Generation Wild, he wanted their vocal track to be in the mix like Simons is on that album. And during the time of recording we had a lot of drama happen within each individual members lives, so we really wanted to get out some aggression, and we were listening to a whole bunch of different bands, really just wanting to make a great album.
MB: Justyn, I always ask about it in my all interviews, what are your most favorite songs and bands from 80s?
JV: Ooohh, it’s a tough one but then again it isn’t haha. My favourite 80’s band is Motley Crue, Shout at The Devil blows my mind every time. Close second and third are Guns N Roses, and Skid Row. Song wise…my god! Way to
many to name! but I guess to give you an answer, I’ll go with the song that got me into Rock N Roll, Back in Black!
MB: are your plans for the nearest future? Is the next album on the way?
JV: This fall (2012), we’re going back into the studio with our Producer Mr. Zee at IronDog Studio. We’re recording a 5 song e.p. as a follow up to Payments Made in Madness. The new songs take off where the last album left off. It’s got more of a sleazier feel to it, but as always staying heavy! Another music video is gonna be on the way, no date just yet, and we hope to get an east coast U.S. tour going for 2013, and hopefully Europe! The Dreams alive for sure!
MB: It seems that glam/sleaze/hair metal becomes more popular. Do you think that it is only temporary situation or this genre(s) may come back to mainstream?
JV: I personally think, this genre might pick up with bands like Steel Panther and (although I dislike them and they aren’t sleaze in anyway) Black Veil Brides. Black Veil Brides might get the younger generation into bands with
a look/style, and check out the real Sleaze bands, and Steel Panther just seem to get bigger and bigger. Also Crashdiet is finally picking up in the States. I have a feeling it’ll get pretty big, and then remain a cult
genre, where it’s die-hard lifelong fans who will always listen to these bands. Who knows, maybe Some miracle will happen and it might come back to the mainstream! In any case I think the worldwide following it already has is something that cant be broken.
MB: What was your biggest success as a band and what is your biggest dream?
JV: Biggest success would probably be, the release of our album and video (In The Night). Those really helped us get our name outside of Canada, and the video is able to show people who we really are, and what we do. Our biggest dream is to take over the world, be the band that defines a generation.
Even saying that if you asked me 3 years ago what my personal dream was, it would be to be taken seriously as a Sleaze band, that’s happened, then it would’ve been to be recognized just walking down the street, and that’s happened! So hopefully all of our dreams can come true!
MB: It is very hard to find your video on YouTube, I always find new bands and new songs watching the related movies for previously found songs but your song. Do you have any ideas to improve your YouTube ratings?
JV: I know what you mean, we have no idea why our video doesn’t show up in related videos, especially in the ones that show up on ours. I’ve found bands I love through that method, so it’s a little frustrating knowing our video just doesn’t happen. We have a few ideas, SleazeRoxx actually really helped us by posting our video on their site, but even with that we didn’t show up in related videos. We’re talking to a few people who deal with YouTube marketing, and finding out why our Video isn’t showing up.
MB: Thanks for the interview! I hope that it won’t take you so long to appear on Billboard charts
JV: Hey man! Thank you for the interview! We love them, and its a pleasure to do them. and I hope one day we can appear on all Billboard Charts!