DEVIL’S ISLAND featuring Ckraft

DEVIL'S ISLAND featuring Ckraft

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 find Ckraft sat on the beach. The island is far from his home, so 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. 

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?

Charles (CKRAFT’s bandleader): Hi there, thanks for welcoming us today on your island! Let’s talk about the reason the ship got wrecked in the first place. We were listening to it again. And way too loud this time. By “it” I refer to Meshuggah’s entire discography. The riffs are some of the most crushing ones in the history of Metal, poor boat didn’t hold, it was made of wood… Wood against Metal: everyone knows the outcome.

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?

Charles: I grew up listening to Gojira, especially their 2003 album "The Link" that was a revelation for the young me (and still nowadays) so if I can find a poster with that white tree on red background on this godforsaken island, I'll gladly hang it on my piece of wall!

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

Charles: Call me down to hearth but that'd be pure, still, room temperature... water!
I rarely drank any alcohol even in my life before the island. Except maybe if there's a sommelier that does proper wine-pairing with incredible French food on this island..? But that'd involve a selection of different wines. Would that still count as "one drink"? Haha sorry, I enjoy pushing boundaries!

Your suitcases were lost when your ship sank, but you each managed to salvage one item of band merch. What’s the merch and for what band?

Charles: I'd say we would save our first CD "Epic Discordant Vision". We worked really hard on it, and are so proud about the artwork. Since we're all stuck together on this island we have to have a sort of totem to remember what brought us here together!

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?

Charles: no one, they're the best! When we originally met for the first rehearsals, we spent 5 days together and already felt like a little family. These guys are my brothers, we have a strong connexion right from the beginning and I feel there's no one else I'd rather be stuck with on an island!

DEVIL’S ISLAND featuring Ckraft

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?

Charles: That'd be the first time I saw Meshuggah live. My schedule made it impossible for me to catch them in Paris where I live so I especially traveled to Brussels to crash a friend's couch for one night. My only purpose was to witness the immutable gods of Metal on stage so that I can die happy afterwards. I'm really glad I did this before I end up on this island. Gosh I'm gonna miss seeing shows...

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?

Charles: That's a no brainer, Gojira again of course: they're friends with flying whales, come on.

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?

Charles: Tricky question! Definitely not my call, I guess we'll be drawing straws!

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?

Charles: Ok I see where you're going! We were actually touring one of these famous cruise with legendary bands? Well, I'm generally more into records than musicians, and since I already mentioned Gojira's "The Link" that blew my mind as a kid, I'll quote another record I discovered a bit later but that is probably one of the CDs that I listened to the most in my entire life, that's Mr.Bungle's "California". The compositions, the arrangements, the production and the sound design were just incredible at that time, and are still incredible today. The way they squash and mix together different genres of music with abrupt but brilliant transitions made so much sense to me, and really encouraged me to do my very own thing, so I guess I'd save Mike Patton!

Thanks for your time. We hope you get back to dry land before you're next due out on tour!

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