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Take 5 : xskarma

Bath's xskarma discuss the inspiration behind their new single, Changing

A new song released today hopes to highlight the impact of Climate Change and the path to Mass Extinction for much of our planet’s wildlife.  

The brainchild of Bristol-based producer/drummer/songwriter xskarma, ‘Changing’ was inspired by the amazing speech by Greta Thunberg at the UN Climate Summit in 2019.  Greta’s powerful warning was “We Will Never Forgive You”.  

xskarma explains:  “Our children are going to hold this generation accountable for any failure to act now to avert the climate crisis.  Greta Thunberg and her FridaysForFuture organisation are the most powerful voices on our planet today for Climate Action!  And I hope that this song provides a little moral support to Greta and all the FridaysForFuture campaigners. They are our future!”

This may seem like a pretty heavy subject for a pop song, but there’s ultimately a positive call to action. Every stream of the song will directly help to fund the planting of more trees in Uganda, something positive we can all do whilst helping to raise further awareness of the terrifying impact of climate change. The tree planting program is managed by https://onetreeplanted.org/

‘Changing’ is a trip hop inspired indie pop song with driving bass line and soaring silky female vocals, mixed with a sample of Greta Thunberg’s excoriating speech at the UN. xskarma’s influences include Portishead, Massive Attack, Zero7 and other classic 90’s trip hop bands; having played drums and recorded and produced a number of bands in Bristol and the south west, xskarma released a first single ‘Your Eyes’ in February 2020 and the followup album, ‘Glory In Numbers’, in November 2020.

With ‘Changing’ the band aim to help raise awareness of the climate crisis and show that there are simple things we can all do to make a difference.

Listen to music. Save the planet.

When did you realise that you wanted to be a music artist? What or who has inspired you?

I have played drums since my early teens, and I always wanted to be a professional drummer. However, my career took a different path and I ended up as a software entrepreneur.  Having founded and run a couple of companies I came back to music full time later in life and got into writing and production. I had a lot of influences particularly Jazz in the early days, and then Blues and Soul.  

Who, living or dead, would you dream of collaborating with?

If only I could have played drums with Miles Davis, although a massive technical challenge, I would have learned so much, so quickly. It would be amazing to spend a day in the studio with Kevin Parker (Tame Impala)  He is a magician and I am good at making tea.

Tell us about your single ‘Changing’ – what is the song about?

The song deals with the rather dark subject of Mass Extinction induced by Climate Change.  It was inspired by Greta Thunberg’s amazing speech at the UN Climate Summit in 2019, and it features a key part of that speech.  The underlying theme is that the climate is “Changing” but unbelievably there are still prominent climate deniers such as Donald Trump who claim otherwise.

Given the dark nature of the song I wanted there to be a more positive message, so I am donating all proceeds from the track to a tree planting program in Uganda. “Plant Trees for Chimpanzees”.

By streaming the song, you will be helping to plant trees!

The chimps will be super happy too

Tell us five things you love about the city/town you live in – Bath – and why……
  1. The colour of the stone gives everything a warm glow.
  2. There has been civilization here since roman times, and the hot spring of Sulis is still flowing through the baths. This re-connects us to our history.
  3. Some great restaurants, bars, and the Salamander pub!
  4. It is surrounded by some amazing countryside, all of which is quickly accessible.
  5. The Hills create amazing views over the city, and all that helps to keep you fit.
What are you most looking forward to this year?

Getting back playing the drums live and recording with other musicians in the studio.

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