"Knife" Sotelo is a Hispanic rapper as well as an eponymous Nu-Metal band. Advocates of nihilism and free will, he often utilizes Satanic imagery and lyrical content, it is difficult to categorize him (or the band), however, each album thus far has had a distinct and experimental sound. Knife himself took sometime to talk about his dreams, goals, and music style he enjoys creating.
1. What type of artist are you?
Knife: "Knife" Sotelo is what Marilyn Manson is to rap fans not only is it mostly my solo work I can't do it without the band, it is difficult to categorize the band, however, each album thus far has had a distinct and experimental sound.
2. Tell us the brief history of you as an artist.
Knife: The band was formed by me in 2003 as a punk band called "uRbIN Chaos", I had left the band in 2005 to go on a solo venture, but have always made frequent appearances with the band, going so far as starting an eponymous band with it's remaining members.
3. Who are your musical and non-musical influences?
Knife: Musical influences would be Weezer (Goat Punishment), Eazy-E, Sex Pistols, The Misfits, Civet, Body Count, Beastie Boys, Sex Pistols and Kid Rock, non-musical influence would be our sacramental use of cannabis.
4. What are your dreams and goals?
Knife: Simply leave a legacy behind, whether it be music, books, films, kids, etc.
5. What are your songs about? (What specific themes do they cover?)
Knife: We're advocates of nihilism and free will, often utilizing Satanic imagery and lyrical content in our music.
6. Do you write your own songs? (Discuss the songwriting process in detail.)
Knife: I write all the songs and compose all the music, mostly Nu-Metal/G-Punk songs and I have to admit, anybody can rap, even the writing process hardly takes any skills, if you can rap 16 bars, then a hook and then do it again, well then, you're already in the game.
7. What have you released so far?
Knife: I've released a lot under my psuedo name; 2 studio albums, 4 published books and 3 independent films.
8. What about your music, do you have anything new in the works?
Knife: I have Nu-Metal album coming out this year, we're just trying to figure out what to name it. You can keep up to date on my website at www.knifermusic.com.
9. How do you promote your act and shows?
Knife: We don't promote, we just book, as many shows as we can and play.
10. Describe your show, visual and musically for us?
Knife: In my eyes, we'll make some great songs but when it comes down to shows our live performances are a bit sloppy. Punk-ish
11. What do you think about downloading music online?
Knife: Everyone's doing it, no one cares anymore, I take more pride in downloading music, regardless fans will buy your album.
12. What's your outlook on the record industry today?
Knife: I'm in the business of sharing music. Typically, the record industry are in the business of selling music. People cease to be people; they become consumers. Records cease to be artistic creations; they become advertisements. Musicians cease to be artists; they become brands, like Mr. Clean or Energizer batteries. Don't get me wrong, I believe in products and Capitalism and all that, my philosophy has always been to follow its own path, not current trends; building on rather than emulating the current and historical music genres.
13. Tell us a story about a day in your life.
Knife: Words can't describe a day in my life, that's why I'm gonna make it into a movie like Howard Stern. *laughs*
14. What inspires you to do what you do?
15. What advice would you give to fellow artists/bands?
Knife: Networking is where it's all at. And you can start with me.
16. What are the biggest obstacles for artists/bands?
Knife: Getting that record deal we long crave for. Nowadays everyone is doing recycled music and no one seems to notice.
17. How does music affect you and the world around you?
Knife: Life without music is meaningless, I can't imagine a world without music. I think it literally would be Hell.