Scalphunter’s Savvy Seven

Scalphunter

Whatever you think you know about punk rock, chuck it out the window and grin as you watch it smash to smithereens; Scalphunter are here to obliterate expectations. With a blistering live show and a unique ability to steal the hearts of fans of all musical persuasions, the guys were selected for the WAM Festival Opening Party and have scored three 2014 WAM Award nominations Punk Act Of The Year, Rock Act Of The Year and Most Popular Music Video for their music video ‘There Will Be Change’.

With three EPs and a 4-way split 7” to their name, Scalphunter are now working on taking their recordings to the next level, shifting into high gear and capturing that unmistakable live energy. Following on from their Unplug video, their latest release is the YouTube controversy creating killer video to single to There Will Be Change, which you can view below.

Steven Knoth, Scalphunter’s lead singer and professional denim vest wearer, stopped by to answer Musiciio’s Savvy Seven.

1. The best live music venues in my area are…
The best live music venues rockin’ in Perth at the mo are Amps (Amplifier), Rosemount and Mojo’s. All three continuously bring the best national and international bands to Perth and always make the punters and performers feel welcome and wanted.

2. The music scene in Perth is…
The best music scene in Perth is really down to the punter’s discretion. On a personal note, having never played The Bird – a well known indie/hipster venue – I was apprehensive how a punk rock’n’roll band would go down, but the dudes and gals there were great – they all rocked out and were super fun to hang with after. I think in their own right, all the scenes are great.

3. My top tip for artists who self-manage is…
My top tips for artists who self manage are to do one thing every day, no matter how small, to prolong the longevity of your band for another day. And, secondly, put all your money from gigs, merch etc straight back into the band fund – it can add up quickly for busy bands, and is a much better investment than a straight beer fund!

4. In my opinion, the most important issue facing the music industry is…
The most important thing facing the music industry in Perth is lack of venues! MASSIVE LACK OF VENUES! So many bands working so hard but with nowhere to play. A good solution to this would be some kind of government local live music funds allocation to help venues, similar to how the Melbourne scene seems to be moving forward. So many people are over here working their guts out for free, so many more would come out of the wood work if there was some kind of backing, but we are on our own and suffering for our art.

5. When on the road, my favourite pit stops are…
When out on the road I don’t feel like I have arrived until I am in a dark beer-soaked, seedy bar with a pool table and a band playing in the corner. My favorite pit stop every time! Oh, and throw in some nacho’s bar keep!

6. My biggest career mistake has been…
My biggest career mistake by FAR has been choosing rock and roll over a promising plus size male underwear modelling career 😉

But in all seriousness our biggest regret so far is not going all out with our recordings. We have always held back productions and ideas. Maybe it was inexperience, maybe nerves, but we have definitely learned not to regret by leaving no ideas unsaid, and I look forward to using our new ethos in our upcoming recordings.

7. My best advice for emerging artists is…
To keep playing shows, keep going to shows, keep pushing, keep enjoying yourself, keep supporting your scene and other bands, and keep fighting to keep live local music alive. And who knows what experiences for you are waiting around the corner!

For more Scalphunter, you check out their Facebook, Soundcloud, Youtube and Bandcamp.

 

 

 

 

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