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10 Questions With Steev Esquivel of SKINLAB

SKINLAB has released their brand new video for single “Amerikill.” The single is from the band’s latest record VENOMOUS, that was produced by Ulrich Wild, and released on October 25th, 2019, via Art is War Records. Check out the video below.

Steev Esquivel (born Steven M. Esquivel, based in San Jose, California) is a Mexican-American heavy metal vocalist and bassist. He is best known for his work in Skinlab. He also has sung for the bands Laughing Dead (c. 1988), Defiance (1989 to 1993), and Xzanthus. He was a member of Exodus for a brief period.

How did you first get into music, who or what turned you on to rock n roll?

My step dad was a musician who played saxophone….I traveled around with him and my mom around the Bay Area playing shows…until my cousin introduced me to heavy metal.

Who was your first rock concert, do you have vivid recollection of it and have your parents always approved?

My first big rock concert was Ozzy Osbourne. It was a 6th grade end of the school year gift from my mom. One other employee took me with her and her boyfriend.

What was the first music bought with your own money and how did you acquire your first instrument? What is your most prized music collectible?

The first albums I bought with my own money was Merciful Fate –  Melissa, Megadeth – Killing is my Business and Exodus – Bonded by Blood, although my SLAYER – Live Undead picture disk was my favorite.

Do you read reviews of music, film and food and if so how often do they influence what you buy, watch or where you eat?

I absolutely love to read. I’ve been reading Randy Blythe’s book Dark Days.

What have you been listening to lately and reading?

I’ve been listening to all my favs and a few newer bands. My taste varies wide from Metal to Hip Hop. I like almost all sorts of music.

How did you become a singer and who are your main influences?

As a vocalist Paul Baloff of Exodus was a huge inspiration as a kid. I really enjoy full range voices like Dio, Cory from Slipknot, Eddie Vedder, and Lajon Witherspoon.

What have you been doing to pass time during Quarantine?

I spent the first month at home…work work work, while being safe. Unfortunately my focus is not on music. I’m going through a spell of writer’s blocks since completing Venomous.

Does it bother you to hear artists express their opinions on subjects outside of music, such as, politics and do you like their art any less if you disagree with them?

No. I don’t judge others for their views politically. Other than being aware of what’s going on in the world through my normal outlets, I keep my personal views to myself.

What do like best about and hate most about social media?

That everyone has to voice their opinion, so quick and be judgemental. I just feel there are a lot of people that are desensitized these days, compassion is outshadowed.

What advice do you have for people in isolation during this time?

Listen to a lot of killer music, try and stay focused and compassionate for others, take advantage of family time together ……We are!!!!

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