Snob Scrilla Reveals All
Snob Scrilla has been making a name for himself in the Australian music scene for a while now, and all before his debut album was even released. Finally we have been graced with the arrival of ‘Day One’. Between his powerfully honest, genre-bending songs and his totally kick-ass live shows, Snob Scrilla is a man to be reckoned with. MTV caught up with him in The Lair to discuss ‘Day One’, life, love and Twitter.
MTV: Where does Sean Ray end and Snob Scrilla begin?
SS: Snob Scrilla has taken over now. I love it. It’s way more fun. I can do so much that I don’t get to do as Sean Ray - with music and production. I just did a track for Catcall’s new album, the first one I produced as Snob Scrilla, and it sounded totally different. I also did some stuff with Cassette Kids for their new record that’s coming out.
MTV: On the new album, were there any new songs in particular that you’re especially proud of?
SS: ‘Already Gone’ and ‘The Song With No Title’ and ‘King John’. That was probably my favourite track on the album .
MTV: You’re such an energetic live act - do you get more joy out of performing live or recording?
SS: Recording is probably still my favourite because I really like going in and finding something new to do, something different. It’s more of a creative thing, which is probably why I enjoy it. The live thing is almost like the celebration of having recorded.
MTV: Like the after party?
SS: Yeah. It’s kind of like watching your favourite movie, after you have already seen it once. The first time you’re watching it you’re really into it and paying attention and focused. And after that you just wow out.
MTV: And you’re based back in the U.S now?
SS: I’m back and forth. I basically need to do all the same things that I did here over the past 6 months as far as making as many other contacts as possible. I’m on the ground meeting with everybody talking about potential labels for the project. But after all’s said and done I will still be moving back to Aus. Australia is home.
MTV: On the track ’Alienation’ you talk about the irrational fear of Western culture and the fear of foreigners coming in “to steal their freedom”. Was that a pre-Obama song?
SS: It was written pre-Obama. But I still think it stands true. Don’t get me wrong, I don’t get involved in parties and politics, and while I think Obama is showing so much hope - and personally I was a supporter - I still think that we are so far from dealing with the culture and mentality we’ve set up. In the song you don’t know who the álien’is. It was written like that because I wanted to express the way we go about labelling, typecasting and having irrational fears (and how it) really makes no sense. The lines get completely blurred and lost. When we find ourselves in situations like Iraq now and Afghanistan and these conflicts, it’s like you can’t figure it out. It’s just a mess.
MTV: Do you think hip-hop and music realistically have the power to change people’s attitudes?
SS: Firstly, I don’t think the album’s hip hop. But I don’t think music on its own has the power to change people’s perspectives. Neil Young came out and said ‘I was wrong music cannot change people’s perspective and cannot change their attitude on things. It’s the things that we do with music and the initiative that we strive to pursue that can’ and I believe that as well.
MTV: You say your album’s not hip-hop, but you do seem to have been slotted into that scene - is that something that irritates you?
SS: I get slotted there a lot because my main mode of delivery is rapping, which is fine but it’s not hip-hop. I mean the hip-hop kids respect it because they come from that background, but at the same time you do have to draw the line somewhere because the production is not all hip-hop. There’s ambient, electronic production; there’s a piano ballad on there, there’s straight electro, then indie stuff.
MTV: Are you already working on the next album?
SSM: I never stop working on music. The next one is going to be very different.
MTV: Are you really a jerk like you claimed on your Twitter?
SS: (Laughs) Wow! I gotta watch what I Twitter the day before I go to interviews. Am I really a jerk? You know what I am actually. When it comes to relationships, I'm just a jerk. Yeah that pretty much sums it up.
MTV: Is that because music’s your only passion these days?
SS: No, it’s because I have no concept of consequence and I pretty much do whatever I want to do and I find it very difficult to try to accommodate somebody else in a relationship. It’s really hard for me.
MTV: You’re very vocal on Twitter…
SS: Yeah, I love it, it’s going super crazy and super mainstream but that’s alright, I think its great for me as it’s the best way I can be in contact with followers and stuff.
MTV: The album’s titled ‘Day One’ - do you still feel like you’re at day one or have you moved on?
SS: (laughs) ‘Day One’ has had so many different meanings over the years. I knew for about 4 years that my first album would be called Day One. But it had a different meaning from the first time I though of it. This album almost became therapy for so many different things. Day one signified the release of the album. It really signified the first day of properly moving on and putting everything behind me because I was so caught up in recording everything and talking about all these feelings, and all the angst and anxiety and anger was just lingering.
MTV: So it’s time to move forward now?
SS: I guess that’s the thing of moving forward it’s setting a date and then saying that was day one and from there on its all forward.
You can catch Snob Scrilla rocking The Lair on Thursday at 9pm on MTV