Krank’d Up 2018: Five minutes with SikTh

Photo: Gobinder Jhitta.

On 29 September, Sundowners in Alberton will once again come alive with metal echoes as Krank’d Up makes its yearly appearance. We spoke to one of the headlining acts, British progressive metal band SikTh’s guitarist Dan Weller ahead of the event.

At the end of September, you will be heading to South Africa for the annual Krank’d Up festival. How are you preparing for your visit to the country?

We are so excited. None of us have been before. Like all bands, to meet and play for new and old fans around the world is a rush and we love it.

Do you have any expectations for the event itself?

No – as always,  open minded and just wanna give folks a good show. Hopefully there’ll be some fans who’ve been waiting for a while.

In September, you will hosted a Masterclass event at the Boston Music Rooms in London during which you had a Q&A session with attendees. Did you anticipate some interesting discussions to come from this event?

We [kept] it casual and open. We [did] some talking, playing and hanging out. It’s interesting for us to go back into the memory vaults. [A] lot of fun.

You’ve recently performed in Japan again for the first time in a while. How did you experience your time there?

[It was] our 5th time playing in such an incredible country. We have a lot of friends there and a really loyal fan base. Its always a party in Tokyo but also brutal on the jet lag front. The fans know everything and love to meet and talk. I would urge everyone to have some time in Tokyo.

Your performance schedule has been packed with dates this year – have there been any stand-out sets so far?

Well, we loved Australia – had some great shows and met loads of our supporters out there. Japan was special too. I’d say that Sydney was one of my favourites.

Having been involved in the music industry for nearly two decades, how do you think your sound has progressed over the years?

In terms of our sound – we’ve never really aligned ourselves with where metal is in terms of style and influence. For me a good riff is a good riff in any decade. Is it unique ? Is it memorable ? Too many metal bands obsess over how their music is perceived and received. The ‘break down’ thing is still rife and frankly most sound the same. We are more concerned with making sure our music still sounds good in 20 years – not whether a video goes viral for 5 minutes.