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
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.
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: youtube.com/skullz1er for music videos
Boards: couple new tracks on soundcloud.com/deathcobne. We will hopefully have a mixtape complete soon
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