interview : Tim Skold

A seasoned rock veteran, from Shotgun Messiah to KMFDM / MDFMK to Marilyn Manson, Tim Skold is back to his solo work with a new album, Anomie, due out on Metropolis Records in May.

photographer : Saryn Christina
makeup artist : Erika Diehl / Glamour Lush
hair stylist : Jeanna Kier
model : Tim Skold
interview by : Rena Finkel

Tim Skold is nothing if not a seasoned veteran of the contemporary rock world. Born in Sweden, he began as a founding member of metal band Shotgun Messiah in 1988. He released his first solo album, Skold, in 1996. He has spent the subsequent years recording, composing, performing, and producing with the rock elite; KMFDM, OhGr, and Marilyn Manson, among others. This May he releases his second solo album as SKOLD titled Anomie. Mr. Skold spoke with us on his extensive experience as musician and a businessman in the recording industry. Like his new album, he’s full of wry, almost rueful wisdom, boldly giving us a good look at one of the key figures in the scene.

From Sweden to LA, how have the places you’ve seen and lived in inspired you? Do you have a favorite place that you’ve lived or visited?
Tim Skold : Well, I’ve been around the block a few times. Since I came to the US in ‘88, I’ve toured around the US seven times. I think there’s something inspirational about going to many places. In touring you don’t spend time in any place too long. I haven’t lived anywhere besides LA. I lived in Seattle for a year and a half. I didn’t like that, it was good, in that there wasn’t any distraction. I don’t think I get inspired from where I’m living, it’s a place in my head, a safe place. Inspiration is a place in your soul, in your heart. Traveling around the globe has been inspirational, it can be really cool, but it can also be really painful. Sometimes, you have time to get around and explore, but a lot of the places you’re sheltered by security. I snuck out the back door in a hotel in Bogota in Colombia to be alone, and everyone thought I was crazy to go without security. I just wanted to be alone and get some coffee.

read the full interview in the April/May 2011 Issue

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