After spending the last last year releasing a flurry of warm and enticing cuts, LA-based duo Skycabin return once again with their captivating new gem 'Help Me'.
Channelling more of the same dark and atmospheric energy they are known for, 'Help Me' makes for a wonderfully rich and dynamic return for the pair. With its broad and shimmering textures layered amongst some truly haunting vocals, they newest release delivers a strong dose of bold and powerful tones throughout.
So with the new single available now, we sat down with them to find out more about their background and what has inspired them most over the years.
What was the first instrument you fell in love with?
A digital piano that we had in my family home when I was just 5 or 6. I used to be left alone all day and I filled that space with the random notes I played on that digital piano, trying to come up with a new tune, to impress my family, so perhaps they’ll leave me alone less.
What kind of music did you love when you were younger?
Progressive Rock/metal and Alternative rock. Bands like Nirvana, Tool and Radiohead. They embodied the difference I felt about myself towards the people around me.
What was the first album you remember owning?
Nirvana - Nevermind.
What is the one song you wished you could have written yourself?
Massive Attack – Girl I love you. That album “Heligoland” in general, fell in love with it the first time I heard it. Couldn’t believe all these different songs were from one artist. I wish I could be like them.
Do you have any habits or rituals you go through when trying to write new music?
Honestly, it’s a different process every time. Depends on where the inspiration comes from. Mostly it's when we jam together but sometimes it could be a dream or maybe even a tune from a homeless person passing by down below our window.
Who are your favourite artists you have found yourself listening to at the moment?
Snarky Puppy, Royal blood, Unkle, James Blake, Flying Lotus.
If you could open a show for anyone in the world, who would it be?
Massive Attack, Radiohead or Nine Inch Nails. I can rest in peace after that.
What do you find is the most rewarding part about being a musician?
I think making music is one of the most fluid forms of expressing yourself, your feelings, your past and future. Things that can’t be expressed with words. Its almost like therapy, like getting rid of that heavy weight on your chest. It’s quite remarkable.
And what is the most frustrating part?
There are many times that you feel stuck, that you feel you are not getting it. You are not progressing and maybe you are not as good as you thought you are. Times where you think you wrote your best song on a day, and you feel it's your worst one ever the next day you listen to it. It's quite subjective, the music, that’s why. Quite bittersweet!
And what is the best piece of advice you have received as a musician?
Be yourself, it's not about the technique, not about the dazzle but about the heart. Be true to yourself and to your music. Authenticity will set you apart and everyone will see that in you. My distant uncle told me that when I was little, seeing me on the electric piano we had back in my family home.
Skycabin's new single 'Help Me' is available to stream now. Watch the new video for it in the player below.