SKINDRED / MIKEYDEMUS
Skindred is a Welsh rock band from Newport formed in 1998 following the disbandment of vocalist Benji Webbe’s previous band, Dub War. Skindred’s musical style mixes heavy metal, alternative rock, punk rock and reggae. The band also integrate elements of dancehall, jungle, hardcore, ska, hip hop, drum and bass, dubstep and various other influences into their music.
Mikey Demus, one of Rotosound’s newer endorsees, plays guitar with Skindred, winners of the Best Live Act at 2011’s Golden God Awards. Known for his gut wrenchingly heavy guitar playing, full of raw metal power and soulful reggae, he needed strings able to work through these musical variables and survive their savage, energetic stage shows.
Skindred fuse heavy metal, punk rock, hip hop, electronica and reggae influences to create a unique style and sound.
The band refers to this style as “Ragga metal”.Benji Webbe has also jokingly referred to the band’s musical style as “nu-reggae”, in reference to the term nu metal.
Although Skindred has sometimes been compared to Bad Brains, Webbe states that “To someone who doesn’t know anything about reggae music, of course we’re going to sound like Bad Brains.
It’s like someone who doesn’t know anything about opera might say that Pavarotti sounds just like Mario Lanza. But when your ears are trained and you know what you’re looking for, you’re going to say, ‘Shit no, Mario Lanza don’t sound nothing like Pavarotti.'”
Mikey Demus signature set 6 String Electric