James caught up with Benji Webbe from Skindred
in Wolverhampton to talk about their latest album,
current tour and plans for the future.
of all I have to ask how you’ve found your
new album has gone down amongst journalists and
the fans that have hear some of the tracks via
gigs and your lead single “Ninja”?
We’ve had nothing but rave reviews so far,
Kerrang, Metal Hammer, we’re really happy
with how its gone, people are digging it there’s
some good stuff on there.
has the tour been thus far?
Sold out every night bro, if it isn’t sold
out it’s to capacity and there’s like
50 tickets spare or something. You gotta know
we’ve been going 12 years and we’ve
played rooms the size of a fucking chair you know?
We’ve played them for years and years, we’ve
always had consistency. We play a show and even
if there’s like 30 kids there even though
it holds 300-500, whether it be in like Columbus
Ohio or in mainland Britain. We’ve never
thought there are not enough people out there,
fuck that they’re getting a fucking show
and the reason why is because we keep going and
first and foremost WE love what we do. The reason
this shows full today is because we give it our
all and the consistency in our music and shows.
are your plans for when this tour finishes?
Sex. Drugs and Rock’n’roll?
what you were doing now?
Well yeah it is haha. No when we finish in Britain,
we go to Europe for 3 weeks, come home throw my
washing in the washing machine then take it back
out again and fly to Australia. Then we’re
playing a big show in my hometown, people think
all of us are welsh, WRONG. I’m the only
welsh guy in this band. When we’re finished
we’re going to tour more because I think
Kill The Power is going to be massive.
you down for any festivals this year?
I can’t tell you.
All I know is I will be in a field in June, The
13th of June, Theres a massive field somewhere
we’re supposed to be playing but I don’t
know where that is. Google maps we might use to
find it but I’m not allowed to say where
we’re playing I just know it’s in
you could pick a dream tour, what bands would
be a part of it?
Alive or dead?
Nah you’ve gotta do alive or dead, is it
a heavy tour or a lollapalooza type of deal?
Bands you’d want to put on it.
Ok I’d go for the Red Hot Chilli Peppers,
Skindred, Slipknot, and to mix it up a bit lets
throw Bjork in there.
done a fair few collaborations with the likes
of Bullet For My Valentine and Forever never,
who would you pick as the ultimate collaboration
FLAVOR FLAAAAAAAAAAAAV. I tried to get Flavor
Flav on this record because my manager, who is
a white guy he’s about 60 years of age from
London “Who talk lyke dis maaaaaahn”.
I thought he was taking the piss but that’s
just his thing, I’m in a meeting and he
says “I lyke de sound of de band”
and I thought who the fuck is this guy!? But no
that’s actually his thing. Anyway He told
me he knew he Flavor Flav but he’s a fucking
liar because I told him I wanted him on the album
and it never happened.
appears we’ve run out of time, thank you
for speaking with us do you have a last message
for the fans reading?
Yes I do, keep supporting live acts, keep buying
tickets and if you can afford them get them as
early as possible, you motherfucking thieves,
you know you stole my music now buy my fucking
*Benji Walked away*
Interview by James Webb