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Cradle of Filth
 
Cradle of Filth - Martin 'Marthus' SkaroupkaEnter Marthus! He is probably better known as composer, pianist and most than the master of the 'double beats' in England's 'dirtiest band': Cradle of Filth. Martin Skaroupka is called with civil name, in 2006 got the job from Adrian Erlandsson and is not to be imagined as not existing since that time in the band. However, man of the washbasins still has to offer even more. The more I am glad that he put aside the sticks for a moment and positioned himself to my curiosity.

Date:
 A.K., 31.05.2012

We asked...
 First of all, Id like to say its a great pleasure for me to do this interview with you and having the chance to crawl into the snare of your career, getting to know more about the man behind the beats. So, to begin with, what made you choose drums to be your major instrument instead of the piano?

Martin: Hey Andy, thanks for your interest! Well, when I started playing drums (I was 6-7yrs old, I think), there was no chance for me to get any drum lessons at all.
Simply there was not any teacher in my town, who could teach me, so I had choose another instrument. So I studied piano and singing for 7 years. Later when I was 12yrs old, I had finally got my first drum teacher and then I started my drums/piano studies in a music high school.


I know from your biography, that youve been part of several bands by now, but do you remember your first time on stage, beating the hell out of the cans? How nervous were you by that time and has it changed considering your time on stage now?

Yeah, I remember my first show back in 1994 very well! It was actually fun and we were not nervous at all! We had a band with my friend and did our first show during one of those summer music camps and I think I still have this show somewhere on a tape.... but Im not really sure that I want to listen to it again! :) hahaha


Did you ever grow tired of drumming during your career?

No, not at all. Drums have always been the No.1 music instrument for me. Though I can imagine myself composing more music for movies, games etc. I have actually just finished writing music for one game a few days ago. I see myself more as being a musician/multi instrumentalist than just a drummer.


What would you consider the most beneficial aspect of your career. Being on stage, playing in front of thousands of people, or do you enjoy the recording sessions most?

I do enjoy playing live shows more and to be honest, I do not really care if its in the front of thousands people or just five people. Even when Im not on tour with COF, Im still busy playing shows with local bands, touring with another bands or doing my drum clinics. But hey, I have to say that Im trying to stay busy as a session studio drummer too! So the answer would probably be, that I quite like both.


Realizing its not funny when it happens, but I guess you can laugh over it by now, did you ever have a black-out on stage, not remembering what you were supposed to play?

No, never, as far as I remember.... I currently play for 5-6 bands and have been in many, many bands before and I have never had any problems like that. And hopefully will never have, haha!


What gig do you memorize/cherish the most? I bet there were dozens, but I guess there must have been that one super-special show youll never forget?

Yeah, there is a few.... I think the first time I played the Czech Republic with COF (2006), that was a crazy show - the crowd was really insane. Then a few other shows in New York, Montreal, Moscow, Bangalore, Sydney etc. Also the shows in Mexico and South America are always great!
I remember the show I did with Jeff Mantas Dunn (ex Venom) back in 2005 in Tokyo, Japan - that was one of the highlights as well. Some shows with Inner Fear in the late 90s were pretty intense too... Its hard to choose really, too many great shows...


Getting "filthy", was it hard to learn all the drum-lines for the Songs from CoF?

Not really, I have been a fan of COF myself since 1996. So I did know all the songs very well. Of course its different when you have to play the songs every night, its not easy and you have to be very dedicated to your job. But sure it was a hard work, both Nicholas and Adrian are AMAZING drummers and I love their drumming a lot!


Do you have a certain technique to learn new songs or practice them?

No. I just learn the structures and then practicing them and adding my own bits here and there. But Im also aware of not changing any important parts and sometimes I just play the original drum lines. It really depends on the actual song.


I sat behind a drumkit myself far from the skills you have, of course which is why Im so amazed by the way you play. Coordinating both feet (on double-bass songs) and the mind-blowing arsenal of cymbals you own, I always wondered: How does Martin know where to hit what? Do you take use of drum notes or play by memory?

Well, of course I can read drum notes! However, no, I dont use drum notes anymore. Too many notes to read, haha! Actually, I have got enough reading drum notes when I was studying drums etc. All I use these days is just my memory.


Being a part of the Cradle now, did you have to get used to wearing the corpse paint during shows and photo-sessions?

I had played with some bands that used a corpse-paint in the past already, so it was not a brand new thing for me at all.


Of course, Marthus is more than just an amazing "hell of a" drummer. So what is your favorite waste of time when not being behind you set or on stage? What is your way to really recreate?

Writing music, reading books, but sure the most important thing for me is my family. I dont really need anything specific to relax... Actually, I have not been on holiday for ages...


Before we come to the end of my endless questioning, Ill stick to my favorite conclusion to every interview: What would you like to say to your fans and readers?

Many thanks for your support, thank you very much for this interview and see you on the road!


Thank you very, very much for taking some time for this. We wish you all the best for your projects and career and like you said: See you on the road!

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