Artist Interview with Death Co.


Death Co. is an up-and-coming Hip-Hop duo comprised of two blood brothers from Brisbane; Skullz1 and Boards. They were previously in a 3-piece called Hooligang, then later formed Death Co. in 2017 and have since been experimenting with an array of different sounds from trap to emo. Their tracks take on a sombre, melancholic tone, showing off their unique talents as artists. We had a brief chat with them about how they make music videos, their main musical influences and upcoming shows they’ve got planned for this year.

How did you form Death Co.?

Boards: Skullz and I had been playing around with traditional hiphop for a few years and in 2017 transformed our sound  into a more contemporary/alternate style

Skullz1: Always listened to a lot of rap, punk and metal. Death co. tries to merge the 3

What's the meaning behind your names, Skullz1  and Boards?

Skullz1: Skulling beer

Boards:  Was a nickname my friends gave me that doesn’t have any meaning but seemed to stick.

Do you have a standard writing process for creating a new track?

Skullz1: There’s no standard process we just play around till we’re inspired. Usually after a big night of partying Im itchin to get in the booth

Boards: We bounce ideas off each other till we find something that we both like 


Which artists are your biggest musical influences?

Skullz1: The Used, Tech N9ne, Shotty Horror, Schoolboy Q, Yelawolf and Rob Zombie

Boards: Pouya, $uicideboy$, The Streets, Dirty Dike. Anyone who seems like they don’t give a fuck

Who produces the beats behind your tracks and how did you develop the sound for Death Co.?

Boards: We try to select beats from a wide range of producers to keep things interesting

What do you do when you're not working on new music?

Skullz1: Watch cartoons, drink beer, graphic design and video editing

Boards: Skateboard and waste my money on beer and drugs.

For your music videos, do you plan out the concept prior to filming or is it mostly improvised?

Skullz1: Bit of both. Now we usually just film a bunch of shit that looks cool then work out the rest during the editing process

What's the most fun show you've done as Death Co.?

Skullz1: Did a Rap Kitchen gig at Brightside last year everyone was trashed and having heaps of fun

Boards: Same

What's your opinion of the Brisbane hip-hop scene?

Skullz1: It’s cool. Too many clones needs more originality

Boards: There are a lot of hidden gems that need attention

What's the craziest thing that's happened while performing?

Skullz1: Busted my nose on the mic and some gay dude licked the blood off my face

What was your favourite rap album that dropped in 2018?

Skullz1: 6ixn9ne and peeps shit was pretty epic for the underground scene

Boards: I don’t have an attention span for albums anymore but I did listen to a lot of Peep and X

What was your reaction to Lil Peep passing?

Skullz1: Pretty epic, especially because lots of his songs are about how he wanted to die

Boards: was very sad but It did put some things in perspective.

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Favourite local rappers?

Skullz1: All the Rivercity Rejects/Shad0w Clvn homies

Which artist would you love to collaborate with?

Skullz1: Britney Spears

Boards: Night Lovell, Ramirez, Triple One

What did you think about $uicideboy$ finishing their show with Bohemian Rhapsody at their Brisbane show on their recent tour?

Skullz1: Not a huge queen fan. Good way to get people out of the venue haha

What's the best and worst thing about being a rapper?

Skullz1: Rap kinda become a corny fad nower days

Boards: Get to express the ignorant and aggro side of my personality.

Do you have any shows planned this year?

Skullz1: Home Invasion in the week and Moondoll Metal Fest next month

What else is in store for Death Co. in 2019?

Skullz1: Bout to drop a MusicVideo for LETS GO, a mixtape and working on some solo shit

Boards: You will see a lot more collaborations with local producers and rappers.

Where can people find more of your music?

Skullz1: for music videos

Boards: couple new tracks on We will hopefully have a mixtape complete soon

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