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Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Interview: Paul Martin of Devilskin

Soon Devilskin will release its new album called We Rise. DutchMetalManiac's Henric van Essen already reviewed We Rise here and now it is time for him to ask some questions to bassist Paul Martin.

Hello, how are you doing?

Really well thanks! Loving being on tour at the moment!

First off the name. Is it meant as devil skin, devil’s kin or something completely different? And where does it come from?

DEVILSKIN one word, I got the idea from Jens lyric to the song Fade basically how someone can wear a Devil mask or skin to act like a devil. A comment on our dichotomy.

New Zealand is not a country that is not often associated with metal. How, if at all, does that influence the atmosphere in the band?

We have all played in metal bands previously and although the scene in NZ is not so big it is very loyal. We have attracted a lot of fans of many genres.

Can you tell us a little bit about the metal scene there?

There's lots of great bands, not a lot of venues but a lot of passion!

Paul and Nic are father and son. Your bio states Paul summoned Nic to join Devilskin when your previous drummer got involved in an accident. What’s with the summoning?

We needed a drummer for a tour and I had confidence in my 15 year old son. He stepped up admirally and we have never looked back.

How does it feel for Nic to play in a band with his father and, the other way around, for Paul playing with his son?

Paul: To me it’s the greatest feeling, I am extremely proud of Nic and love the time we spend together playing and travelling.

Nic: Devilskin is my first full-time original band, so performing and writing with Paul has come pretty naturally. It’s definitely an experience I appreciate and live out to the fullest.

Up until the release of ‘We rise’ you were primarily a live band and quite good at that as well, judging by various media. Is there a particular reason or occurrence that made you decide to produce and release ‘We rise’?

Recording was the next logical step for us but we wanted to make sure we did it properly and under our own terms. We waited until we could do that.

Looking at your band’s relatively short history and listening to ‘We rise’, I can’t help but thinking the title is perfectly chosen. You are rising, at least as far as I’m concerned. Is the title indeed referring to this or is there another story behind the title?

The title is very apt as we felt we were in ascension but it comes from a song of ours that we usually close the set with, it never made it onto the album but we still used the title.

I really enjoyed the album. One of the things that struck me is the wide variety between the songs. Who is or are the creative masterminds behind your music?

The four of us contribute equally to the songs. We love the fact that a lot of the tracks are vastly different to each other. Jen or myself write the lyrics but the music is really a team effort.

There’s some intriguing lyrics to be found on ‘We rise’, for example in ‘Burning tree’ and ‘Violation’. Who is or are responsible for the lyrics and where do you get your inspiration from?

Burning Tree is my lyrics and I wrote it about an emotive time I was going through. It's about self realization and taking strength from your hopes and dreams/

Jennie wrote Violation after her house was robbed, she was pretty angry and I think that shows!

You are currently on a tour in Europe, which ends in two weeks. I suppose you can’t squeeze in a visit to Holland? *wink* But seriously, what are your plans with Devilskin when you return, apart from a well-deserved rest?

We would dearly LOVE to come to Holland and we wanted to this time but the dates just didn’t stack up. WE fully intend to come back this way and hopefully before the end of 2016!

Is there anything left you’d like to share with our readers?

Yes, we really do appreciate hearing from people from all over the world who enjoy our music. It’s a fantastic feeling connecting with people who share the same passion for music and we love to travel and make friends. We are really hoping to get to your beautiful country as soon as we can.

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