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Skillet interview
Skillet Being Interviewed (left to right: Ken, John, Byron-sound guy, Trey)

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?

Ken: We 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?

Ken: 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!

Trey: Herschel H. McClurkin the third

John: Depending on how much money you have, I can give you his middle name.

Trey: As long as I get a percentage to spend.

In Search: How old are each of you?

Ken: 31

John: 22...*points to Trey* He's 24.

In Search: Are any of you married?

Ken: I am

John: I am too.

Trey: 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?

John: 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.

In Search: Where did you grow up?

John: Memphis

Ken: I grew up in Louisiana

Trey: Arkansas

In Search: Under what style would you actually classify your music?

Ken: Modern rock.

John: Good job Ken! You nailed it baby!

Ken: That's it! Skillet rock next year!

John: *laughs*

In Search: What are the best parts of being in a band?

Ken: I like worshiping intensely. That's my very favorite thing.

John: 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.

John: Byron

Trey: I know! I keep saying it till it gets him mad.

In Search: What are some of the worst?

John: 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.

Trey: I would say interviews are no good. *smiles*

John: *laughs* That's what I meant!

Ken: It's hard being away from home.

John: And being in a van with everybody all the time.

In 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?

John: 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?

John: 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!

In Search: I can use that against you!

John: I know! *laughs*

In Search: If you weren't in a band, what do you think you would be doing now?

Ken: Teaching college.

John: 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.

In Search: What did you major in?

John: I didn't! I was gonna major in history... to teach history

Trey: I would be the owner of a Fortune 500 Club. Just kidding! I would be working for myself in 500 different jobs. Making enough pocket change...

In Search: What song do you think means the most to you on your album?

Ken: Probably "I Can" and "Safe With You"

John: Both of those are tied.

In Search: *to Trey* Same with you?

Trey: Yeah!

John: *smiles* No! That was "Safe With You" *laughs*

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 money!

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

Trey: 2 Chronicles 16:9

In Search: What are some of your most embarrassing moments?

John: 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.

John: I 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.

In Search: *to Trey* Think of anything yet?

Trey: No! Sorry! I don't get embarrassed much. I just get mad. *laughs*

In 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

Trey: Motivation

John: 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?

Ken: That one.

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 man!

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 good.

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*

John: 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.

In 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 a band?

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.

John: You're very welcome!