DEVIL’S ISLAND featuring Skinny Knowledge

DEVIL'S ISLAND featuring Skinny Knowledge

Welcome to this weeks edition of Devil's Island! Every week we maroon a band or artist on the island and see what they get up to, how they cope with being all alone on a small island in the middle of the ocean. It's not your average desert island and we'll see just how each person copes with the extreme conditions.

This week when we arrived at Devil's Island we found rockers Skinny Knowledge sat on the beach. The island is far from their home, but how did he end up here and how did he cope with life on Devil's Island?

Find out now...   

Welcome to The Razors'e Edge and our somewhat lovely, warm desert island. Don't worry about it's name I'm sure it's not as bad as that would suggest.

So you're marooned here on this island, but before you ended up shipwrecked you chose one album that you couldn't live without. Which album did you each chose and why?

Andy: American Idiot, for sure. It’s my favourite album of all time, I just love every single thing about it. Every song is killer, the instruments all sound great, and it’s nostalgic. It’s the first album I listened to and thought ‘yeah, that’s what I want to do when I grow up’.
Ben: I would have to choose John Mayer ‘Where The Light Is’ Live in LA. That album shaped my entire musical journey. Everything about the show was perfect, no one dropped a note all night. JM really showed the world he was the master of his

Just behind that palm tree is a shack for each of you to stay in, with enough space for you to put up a poster on the wall of one album cover. What album cover do you each chose?

Andy: The original artwork for Appetite For Destruction. Way cooler than the ‘PG’ version. Just an awesome piece of art, and again, what an album! Best debut of all time, perhaps?
Ben: Probably ‘Hybrid Theory’ by Linking Park. That was the first album I ever bought and I did have a poster of that on my wall at one point. It just reminds me of a time when I was young and at that point had no musical knowledge whatsoever, but something in that music spoke to me. I was never one for reading when I was a kid, football, golf and Pokemon was far more interesting to me, however I use to read the booklet with the lyrics in night after night while listening to that CD. So much so I wore it out.

There's also a bar on this here island. But alas each of you only get to chose one drink for the entirety of your stay. What's your tipple of choice?

Andy: Jack Daniels. Either just with ice, or some coke. I’m too cliche rock n’ roll, I know… But it’s my favourite drink, hands down.
Ben: This is probably the least rock n roll answer ever but either Options White Hot Chocolate with an extra spoon of Cocoa powder, or full fat Coke in a can from the back of the fridge, that shit’s the one.

You’re sat on the island thinking “I’m stuck here on this island with my bandmates for eternity”… who would you rather have been shipwrecked with?

Andy: Johnny Depp. A) because it’s Johnny Depp, and he’s awesome (shout out to the Amber Heard fans), and B) because he’s been stranded on an island before, knows where the rum is, and knows how to escape! I think it’s a fool-proof plan. Failing that, Green Day, ‘cause they’re hilarious, and who doesn’t want to be stuck on an island with your favourite band?
Ben: I would have to say Jennifer Aniston, I’m not giving my reasons…

There's a walkman in your pocket, on the tape inside is the recording of the one live show that stands out for you. It could be any show, from any band, anywhere in the world. What show is on that walkman?

Andy: AC/DC Live at Donington. One of my favourite live albums, what a show! The energy, the crowd, Brian’s on form, Angus is on form, the mix sounds great, and Chris Slade has a demon right hand… The way he plays Let There Be Rock, 5000x faster than the original for like 7 minutes straight, it’s ridiculous!
Ben: Probably ‘Alter Bridge live at The Royal Albert Hall’. I was lucky enough to attend the first night. Honestly, I can’t put into words the atmosphere in the hall that night, it was sort of one of them moments every music junkie lives for. When Myles hit that high F♯5 at the end of ‘Words Darker Than Their Wings’, I don’t think there was a single person in the hall that wasn’t on their feet screaming! Andy bought me the vinyl for this album for Christmas, isn’t he just the best!?

You're getting desperate, you decide the only course of action is to put a message in a bottle and hope someone finds it. Your message could be to any member of any band, but should be the most suitable for a rescue attempt. Who is it?

Andy: Brian May perhaps? Because he’s insanely smart, and he’d definitely figure out a way of rescuing you. And also, ‘cause it’s Brian May…
Ben: Probably Brian May, being stranded on an island I highly doubt I’m going to know where we are. I think someone with a PHD in Astrophysics would certainly be able to ascertain our whereabouts by using Star Constellations or something along those lines.

You've been stuck here for a while and food supplies are running low. There's only one thing for it... which fellow band member gets sacrificed to help the others survive?

Andy: That’s a horrible question! But it’d be Ben, because bassists are much harder to come by! (Sorry Ben, love you)
Ben: I’m going to go with Fenge, the guys a giant so should provide us enough meals till me and Andy have to fight to the death. To be honest though, if I’m stranded with Jennifer Aniston for a while then need to be sacrificed I’m totally game with that also.

Finally, when the ship sank you each managed to save one person from the wreckage. That person is the one musician that has influenced your career the most, shaped your way of thinking and your outlook on life. Who did you save?

Andy: Dave Grohl. He’s been such an influence on my musically, but also, he’s just a great guy, and no-one wants a world without Dave Grohl, right? And also, I’d be the guy that saved Dave Grohl, that’s gotta mean something? I reckon I’d be the second coolest guy in the world (behind Dave, of course…).
Ben: John Mayer, hate to give the same person for multiple answers. I’m not that dull, honestly! But he has influenced me in more things than just music, my Dad was into his watches when he was alive and I never really understood the whole watch thing until John started talking about collecting more, so that’s another passion I now have. I find his humour extremely entertaining and honestly, when he retires from music he HAS to become a talkshow host! But yes, from how I play the guitar to how I’ve trained my ear to respond and respect all kinds of music (Minus Drill, that stuff needs to go away very quickly) is certainly his doing.

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