Metal Anarchy’s New Music Showcase: Exclusive Q&A With Skidders

Time for the next edition of Metal Anarchy’s “new music showcase,” the feature where I introduce you to artists that readers of this site may find interesting. This time I have an exclusive Q&A with Skidders.

METAL ANARCHY: Tell me a little about your band:

SKIDDERS: Well, firstly, I’m a solo music writer, guitarist and producer. So ‘Skidders’ comes from my surname – ‘Skidmore’, not the state of my pants! Some people at work just started calling me Skidders, so I thought rather than call myself by my full name (Steve Skidmore) which is boring, I’d use my nickname. It can cast a laugh or two when explaining though!

“He can’t sing, but he can play the guitar” is my mantra, so 95% of tracks are instrumental. I record all instruments for most part. Very eclectic tracks from rock instrumentals, to reggae to Celtic! I’ve always had many musical projects on the go so what I perform can vary from rock to jazz.

METAL ANARCHY: Who are your main influences?

SKIDDERS: Many. I have a catholic taste in music and in my head, a great big melting pot (I have a big head) of all kinds of music that I love. Looking at my inspirations and influencers, the track “Ronnie Two Sheds” was The Shadows, although I didn’t intend it to be pure Shadows!

Other artists that have influenced me and is part of my melting pot are: The Beatles – the best pop group that ever was for sure. In later years, I loved CCR, Led Zeppelin, TYA, Black Sabbath, Hendrix, Santana, Rory Gallagher and so on. These days, I love KT Tunstall, Ella Fitzgerald, John Mayer and throughout, Clapton.

“Tom’s Bossa” definitely has traces of Carlos Santana. The bottom line is, the music I love the sound of, I record in my own way to something I am satisfied with, whether I know it or not!

METAL ANARCHY: What is your latest release and why should readers of this site check it out?

SKIDDERS: “Friends & Family Vol. 2” is my third album, so named as all tracks are dedicated to either friends or family members, past or present. Of course the album is very personal and although only one song has lyrics, all tracks were written with very special people in mind. It is very eclectic and I wrote each track to suit the individual or individuals to whom they were dedicated. My previous album, as you can probably guess, was “Friends & Family” which similarly dedicated tracks. I couldn’t fit all the people I wanted to write music for, hence Vol. 2!

I am very pleased with my third album and believe it to be my best creation. Whereas my first, “Skidderslectric,” was all electric guitar rock/jazz and my second “Friends & Family” all acoustic, my latest album is a combination of the two which freed me up considerably when writing the music.

METAL ANARCHY: What can people expect when they go to your live shows?

SKIDDERS: Expect the unexpected! I love Eric Clapton but I couldn’t play all the same songs night after night, which is why I have so many eclectic projects. For example, I have played Seasick Steve music, calling myself ‘Pi$$ed up Steve” where I crank the cigar-box guitar up through a fuzz box, whilst trying to get as drunk as possible by the end of the set. I am sure I could get business tax relief on alcohol! The next time, I may be playing a set of instrumental compositions of mine. And another, the Ella Fitzgerald American Songbook numbers.

METAL ANARCHY: Where do you see your band heading in 5 years?

SKIDDERS: My next album I plan for 3 years time, as I have other projects in mind in the shorter term. I also do not want to pressure myself into producing a new album quickly at the cost of quality. “Feckem Hall” will be released in 2025.

In the meantime, I will be doing more session guitar work and hope to collaborate to play more live music. I’ve missed playing during the pandemic and feel the time is right to get back on the road.

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