SK8 on “F*CK SOCIETY” with Sueco, his dream tour lineup and more
We asked SK8 for ten questions to learn more about his life and career.January 24, 2022
“F*CK SOCIETY” shows the Nebraska-born singer-songwriter Sk8 go even deeper into his pop-punk sound. The track itself is direct and unrelenting. The lyrics call for living life the way you want, no matter what anyone says – or whatever the consequences might be.
With the song’s direct and defiant chorus, SK8 and Sueco declare “Fuck society/You can’t tell me what to fucking do/Fuck sobriety, I’m gon’ sip this 1942.” The lyrics are set over a bouncing guitar riff, reminiscent of Early 2000s pop-punk mainstays Blink-182.
The music video for “F*CK SOCIETY” is chaotic, with several scenes showing SK8 and Sueco causing pure anarchy in the middle of a meeting that quickly goes awry. In the nearly two minute long video, the words “Sober Society” appear draped behind the makeshift stage they have created in the dull conference room setting of the video. We also see flashing numbers on the screen of a fictitious self-help phone line.
Eventually, the rambunctiousness of the performance causes the older adults, or symbols of authority in the meeting, to join in on the fun. They accept the anti-establishment message of the song. All in all, the video is a perfect visual representation of the song and though it tackles some serious subject matter, the collaborators infuse the topic with energy.
What was the first live show you ever attended?
The first live show I ever attended was a Big Sean concert on his Finally Famous tour in middle school. It was in Omaha at The Waiting Room. I think there were around 500 people there.
As a kid, what artists/band posters were on your bedroom wall?
I wasn’t a huge band artist poster on the wall type of guy, but I had Jimi Hendrix and Bob Marley paintings on the wall. Other than those two, it was all basketball stuff because I used to be a hooper back in the day.
Who is your biggest musical inspiration?
My biggest musical inspiration would have to be Anthony Kiedis from Red Hot Chili Peppers. He’s one of my favorites – or Kurt Cobain. There’s just something about Kurt Cobain. I really just enjoy his melodies and his music. Super legend. One of those two, but probably Anthony Kiedis.
How long have you been making music, and how did it start?
I started making music when I was 13 years old. Just started by writing melodies and raps in a notebook to beats that were popping at the time. I think I passed out my first mixtape as a sophomore in high school. It basically just got started from being really interested in music and artists and listening to a bunch of different varieties of music.
What is your dream collaboration?
Dream collab would be with Red Hot Chili Peppers. That’s definitely the dream.
What does a typical day look like for SK8?
A typical day with Sk8 is you wake up around 9 a.m. or 10 a.m. usually, get on some phone calls with the team and talk about music and anything that has to do with the business and get that out of the way. Then I get into my creative state and it’s either going to the studio, where I’ll be at the studio from 2 p.m. to 2 a.m., or it’s chilling at the crib with the homies in the studio. Really, it’s just being in the studio creating a bunch of music and having a good time.
What would be the first song you would show to someone who has never heard SK8?
If they didn’t know Sk8, the first song I’d play them would actually be an unreleased song that’s coming out with Good Charlotte called “Outside.” It’s a very proud moment of my career and I’m super excited to get that one out. There are a couple other ones on the project. There’s one that’s unreleased that is really one of my favorite records ever and it’s called “Broke Boy.”
What would be your dream tour lineup?
Wow. Dream tour lineup? That’s always tough. I think it’d be cool to mix hip hop with rock. It’d be cool to have the Red Hot Chili Peppers. It’d be cool to also have reggae too. It would be sick to do a reggae-hip hop-rock festival. That’d be tight.
What can we expect in the future? Plans for an album, tour, etc?
We’re dropping the album next month and I’m super proud of it, super excited. It’s my best work yet. It has a mixture of some older artists with some newer artists and it’s a mixture of trap and rock – it’s just super authentic to me and my sound. That comes out next month so I’m super excited about that. I just dropped a single with Sueco. Moving forward just looks like we drop the album and then we get on the road and really just connect with the fans. That’s what I feel is most important: dropping the music and then going out and connecting with the fans. It feels like they’re really starting to connect with these new songs that I’m dropping. Hopefully by spring or summer, we’ll be going on tour.
If you could sum up Sk8 in one sentence, what would it be?
“Authentic.” I just am who I am and I’m proud of that.
You can watch the video for “F*CK SOCIETY” below.