An Interview with John Cooper, Ken Steorts, and Trey McClurkin
An old interview
by "In Search" with the starting band, Skillet (is no longer available online)
In Search: How did you come up with the name Skillet?
were all in different bands, playing different kinds of music, ya know? We didn't know what we were gonna sound like so it's
kinda like throwing all the ingredients in a Skillet.
In Search: What are all of your full names?
Kenneth Dale Steorts
John: John Landrum Cooper
Trey: That's classified information...
It's given on a need to know basis.
John: No, no, no, no...cause I know it! Go ahead and say it!
Herschel H. McClurkin the third
John: Depending on how much money you have, I can give you his middle
Trey: As long as I get a percentage to spend.
In Search: How old are
each of you?
John: 22...*points to Trey* He's 24.
Search: Are any of you married?
Ken: I am
John: I am too.
No...single guy...me Trey
In Search: Any kids?
Ken: One...a little baby named
Bree....she's here today
*another guy walks over and sits down*
Trey: This is our sound man.
It's our favorite drummer Brian! *laughs*
In Search: How did you guys meet?
We went to the same church...that's really basically it. [Ken] and I were in some Christian bands and playing a little bit
together. Then we started going to the same church and then [Trey] decided to go to our church too.
Where did you grow up?
Ken: I grew up in Louisiana
In Search: Under what style would you actually classify your music?
John: Good job Ken! You nailed it baby!
Ken: That's it! Skillet
rock next year!
In Search: What are the best parts of being
in a band?
Ken: I like worshiping intensely. That's my very favorite thing.
Preaching in front of a large group of people
Trey: Quick Trips...*laughs*...it's a convenience store...
Fulfilling my heart's desire... And you get to meet other great drummers like Brian.
I know! I keep saying it till it gets him mad.
In Search: What are some of the worst?
I've got a long list...the worst part about being in a band....I would say not being regular, like eating not being regular.
No schedule. Your body has no schedule. You might sleep, you might not, you might be driving all night long.
I would say interviews are no good. *smiles*
John: *laughs* That's what I meant!
It's hard being away from home.
John: And being in a van with everybody all the time.
Search: Do you guys consider yourselves like brothers?
John: Yeah...it's getting a lot more
like that. We don't fight like brothers fight. We fight more like friends in high school fight. It would be like a "You really
hurt my feelings" type thing.
In Search: What are your goals as a Christian band?
To never lose our passion.
Ken: ...with Jesus
In Search: When can we expect
to see a new album?
John: Hopefully April...
In Search: Any insight?
We have one song that's already done...it's gonna be released in October. It's gonna be on a "What Would Jesus Do" compilation
tape thing we're doing. It's got a lot of piano in it. Our new album probably won't be as intense. That's the only secret
we can give out or I'd have to kill you....just kidding guys!
Dave (a guy with me): That's on tape!
Search: I can use that against you!
John: I know! *laughs*
If you weren't in a band, what do you think you would be doing now?
Ken: Teaching college.
Right now...6:30...I'd be eating dinner. Watching "Predator" or something like that. I'd probably be teaching in high school.
Well, I'd probably be in college. I forgot about that. I would have been a senior. I would be graduating right now.
Search: What did you major in?
John: I didn't! I was gonna major in history... to teach history
I would be the owner of a Fortune 500 Club. Just kidding! I would be working for myself in 500 different jobs. Making enough
In Search: What song do you think means the most to you on your album?
Probably "I Can" and "Safe With You"
John: Both of those are tied.
*to Trey* Same with you?
John: *smiles* No! That was "Safe With
Ken: That was good man! *gives John a high five*
Trey: You can
just take him out for me.
In Search: Yeah! I'll just jump him after the interview and take all his
John: Yeah! Go to Wendy's tonight *smiles*
In Search: What are some
of your favorite Bible verses?
Ken: Philippians 3:16
John: Romans 8:38
2 Chronicles 16:9
In Search: What are some of your most embarrassing moments?
Today while I was playing...I fell down for my first time. No, actually that wasn't embarrassing. I was like, "Yeah! That
rocks!" *everyone laughs*
Ken: I went to a hotel room while we were on tour and I opened the door
and there were people already in there. I got my key in and they had a dog barking at me.
can think of too many embarrassing things. Oh wait! I have one. It's was the first time I was talking to my wife about being
married. The first deep conversation we had about marriage and a bird crapped on my arm.
*to Trey* Think of anything yet?
Trey: No! Sorry! I don't get embarrassed much. I just get mad. *laughs*
Search: What's the first word that comes to your mind when I say...red.
John: Orange! I don't
know why, it just is.
Ken: Red Rover
Did you say motivation?
Trey: I said motivation.
Ken: They say "tire" he says
"bending". "Glasses", "business"
In Search: What's a question you've never been asked?
John: Yeah! That one....Do we think we're good?
In Search: Do you
think you're good?
Trey: Don't ask that question.
Ken: I think we're great
John: Oh my gosh!
Ken: I think we're so killing! I'd buy our album if
I was me.
John: Oh my gosh! Yeah! I think we're good. I'm glad no one asked me that now cause I feel
so stupid. That's my embarrassing moment right there. *everyone laughs*
Trey: Sure...I think we're
Ken: Define "good"
In Search: If you were all members of King Arthur's
court, who would be Sir Lancelot?
Ken: I would be King Arthur. *laughs*
At different times, we're each Sir Lancelot
In Search: If you had a chance to go on tour, and you
had a chance to have any band open for you, who would you choose?
John: DC Talk.
Search: So, do you listen to DC Talk?
Ken: I do!
In Search: What
other bands do you listen to?
Ken: Black Eyed Scevna.
John: I always forget
what I listen to. Seal...In Excess
In Search: What advice do you have for teenagers who want to start
Ken: Study the word, pray, get your heads straightened out cause you're messed up *laughs*
No...just kidding. Just do the stuff and don't worry about the band.
John: If it's your passion,
you should be able to write music easily.
In Search: Thanks for answering some questions for me.
You're very welcome!