She Killed In Ecstasy (S.K.I.E.) is a Chicago/Los Angeles band comprised of members Shana
(LA) on vocals, Griffin (Chicago) on guitar/vocals and producer/synth Risk (Chicago). The trio came together in 2017 with the idea to create a new sound by delving into the past and taking elements of trip-hop, electronica, hip-hop, and rock. Using dark, synth-driven tracks with soft, melodic vocals and haunting guitar riffs, S.K.I.E. creates a cinematic tapestry of sound. Their debut EP "The Fatal" was engineered and co-produced by Rae Nimeh (Disturbed, Common) and also features Caesar Corall and Matt Longbons on bass, Heather Horton (The Westies) on violin, and Ari Lehman (First Jason and Friday the 13th fame) on keys.
Their new single "Dissension (Gold)" has a very dark synth tone to it in which it is somewhat mysterious and alluring. It is driven by a cool acoustic beat which contrasts heavily with the synth chord progressions. It feels almost otherworldly and whimsical because of the airy quality and echos that are added to the track. It makes the listener captured entirely into this mystifying song and it makes it all the more interesting. Not only are the vocals pleasing, but they also have a very sultry sound to it. The group has a very dark hip hop chill beat that is fairly explicit making it really edgy. This is a great track to add to your playlist especially if you’re into darker hip hop vibe beats.
Listen to "Dissension (Gold)" here & check out our interview with the band below!
Care to introduce yourselves to our readers?
We are "She Killed In Ecstasy" a band comprised of DJ/Producer Risk, Vocalist Shana, and Griffin on Guitar. Two born and bred in Chicago, and two still there. A Chicago/LA project.
How long have you all known each other? How did you meet?
Me (Risk) & Shana have known each other since we were teens (met at a hip hop event I was dj'ing, and she was singing along word for word) Shana was getting ready to tour with Legendary R&B singer Mary J Blige. Griffin and I met at a show for the Singer/Songwriter Butch Walker. A few years ago I knew I wanted to do something a la "Massive Attack" and "Portishead," and I knew that Shana was the only person who could be the voice of that. So, I reached out to her, to work on the project which eventually would become (SKIE). Griffin I just basically called and said "Guess what? You're playing in my band" He agreed, lol.
How has your music evolved since you first began playing music together a band?
From the beginning I (Risk) had a definitive idea and vision, all the way down to the color scheme and artwork concepts. We literally started this process over a year and a half ago, long distance at that. I would make beats, and work guitar riffs with Griff, and send them to Shana in LA. So, technically, we haven't played together live for this project, yet. (But have performed together on other projects) In the Studio is where everything came together, with everyone adding input including our engineer / co-production Rae Nimeh who really helped us see this vision all the way through. We have come a long way from the early demos to where we are now, without a doubt a team effort.
We absolutely love your new song! Can you tell us a bit about it and the writing process behind it?
(Risk) The original demo was sent to Shana in LA to write to. The cinematic vibe was already there and the drums I used were very wet and super inspired by the trip hop sound of the mid- late 90’s coming out of the UK. With the Synth I wanted something that sounded like a John Carpenter film: very dark and hypnotic. When I heard the Demo she sent back, I was hooked. She totally took the music and wrote a perfect story of woman in a dark toxic relationship who in the end finds herself and comes out victorious .. it was perfect. Music and words that tell a dramatic story...
(Shana) For me the writing process is always based on how the music moves me, what it makes me feel, and where it takes me. I usually record voice memos of melodies, and then build the lyrics around that, which is what happened here. We allow fantasy to warp our realities sometimes, especially in reference to relationships. The idea vs the reality. The desire vs the worth. This is what happens in "Dissension"-- the discord of a relationship, and the slow and strong recognition of breaking free from that, and coming out on top. And really, the power women have, and how significant it is when you hone that in.
Where did the inspiration behind this song come from?
(Shana) For me, its not as organic to think about writing concepts, then to just see where the music takes me. It obviously has to make sense to the band's vibe, but aside from that, as cheesy as it sounds, melodies happen, and words just start jumping out at me. It's like a puzzle I'm piecing together. But, conceptually how "Dissension" turned out, was something I think everyone can relate to. The idea fighting the reality of a toxic relationship, and breaking free from that. It's inspiring to take back any control, or power that you've relinquished.
Do you prefer the digital or more traditional way (cd, lp etc) of getting your music to your fans, why?
In a world that is so digital, we really wanted to make sure we had something tangible and physical. That's why we pressed up both CD’s & Vinyl to go along with the Digital / Streaming world. We feel since everything went so binary people have lost that physical connection to the Artist and we wanted something for people to hold. Ten years from now people can come across our record in a store and can discover us as a new band, and THAT is cool!
Any upcoming shows in the near future? For a new fan who hasn’t seen you live yet, how would you describe your live performance?
We have our release party this December 21st at Subterranean in Chicago. This will be our debut Show as a band. Like our music, the live show will reflect our love affair with noir, horror & the femme fatale … dramatic lighting and visuals of it to enhance what we want our fans to walk away having had, which is, an "Experience."
What’s next for the band?
Promoting and touring this record internationally. And as the EP is so Cinematic, our goal is to license the shit out of it.
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