Ancient SKID RANK singer Sebastian Bach was recently interviewed on “The Count of Five” radio show in Mankato, Minnesota. You can now listen to the chat below.
Speaking of the lack of great leaders in today’s rock music scene compared to when it first started, Bach said: “I think it has a lot to do with the fact that musicians nowadays record with so much computer technology that it’s almost impossible to feel their true soul. Like in a SKID RANK song, like ’18 and life’ Where ‘I remember you’ Where ‘Monkey Business’, it’s really the sound that came out of my mouth; it’s not Professional tools or computers or something like that. They didn’t exist then. And the same, of course, with all our favorite records in the 70s and 80s, before the computer came on the scene and recorded. I think that’s why you can’t find good frontmen – because you can’t hear them [laughs] behind all this technology; everything seems too perfect. Human beings are not perfect.”
He added: “I think when you’re recording an album and you’re going to sing and you can give a half ass take and then the producer, or the engineer, puts it on their laptop and adjusts it so that it sounds like a good take, but it’s a really bad take, it’s the opposite of how we used to make records, we used to sing it a hundred times, or how many times it takes, until we find the magic take, the most amazing we can do. And it’s like the reverse of recording. So maybe we know better doing it than relying on a computer to help us out. I think when you have to do it on your own, you develop better skills, obviously.
Bach said in a 2015 interview that he was “really dying to make a record that sounds like the 70s records I’ve always listened to”. He told the “Iron City Rocks” podcast: “What I mean [by that] records it in a way that… Like, when I listen “Women and children first” by VAN HALEN, the guitar is all the way to the left, and the vocals are in the middle, with the drums who knows where, and it’s just very different, in terms of recording, from the way albums are made today. So I think the next time I do an album, that’s really what I’ll do.”
He continued: “BLACK SABBATHit is ’13’ it sounds like the 70s BLACK SABBATH album, as much as possible in 2014. So whatever they do, I just wish I had one of my albums that sounded like that.
“I like ‘Give them hell’ [Bach‘s 2014 solo album]… ‘Give them hell’ is like ‘Star Wars’; it’s like ‘Holy shit!’ I mean, it’s a very modern sounding record. And when he really got that sound was when he switched to mastering with Thomas Baker; he made it sound so ‘spacey’, and I love it. But my taste, as a fan, a rock fan, the next one I do, I’ll go, like… If I could have a BLACK SABBATH ’13’ kind of production, that’s what I’m looking for. »
Sebastian Bachthe autobiography of, “18 and Life on Skid Row”was released on December 6 via Dey Street Books (Previously It delivers), an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers.