Chicago-based Melodic Death Metal band, Starkill, have released several singles in the last year, most recently a cover of Foo Fighter’s masterpiece, The Pretender.

We’ve had the pleasure of interviewing Sarah Lynn Collier, vocalist of Starkill, to ask her about her band’s current and upcoming projects as well as her thoughts on many other things.


Hello Sarah. It’s a pleasure to chat with you. How are you doing? 
I’m doin’ a-okay, thanks for taking the time to chat!
We will talk about your new single ‘Reckless and Infinite’ soon. But first, how would you introduce Starkill to our readers who haven’t listened to you yet? 
We blend so many subgenres, I feel like we have a little something for everyone, but If I had to nail it down I’d basically say we’re a blend of power metal and melodic death metal.  That’s what’s so fun about the music for me; I get to use several vocal styles across a single album, so I could be using my pretty opera vocals on one song, and screaming on the next one.
You released ‘Reckless And Infinite’’ last September. How are you feeling about the reception the new single got so far from the fans? 
Oh, it’s great! It seems like the fans have really liked it so far. I’m itching for tours to be a thing again so we can play this one live.
To get to know you more, how about we play a game, like we always do, called ‘In a universe’. I’ll give you a scenario in an alternate universe and you’ll have to react. Let’s go!

In a universe where you can time travel, what era would you love to visit most? 
Probably the 1950s for all the vintage fashion, to be honest. Or maybe the 80s for the hair metal shows. It’s really hard to choose.
In a universe where you’re the lead vocalist of a Jazz band, what would the band’s name be? 
Ahhhh, I don’t know! I was supposed to be in a jazz duo when I was in college, so you’d think I’d be able to think of something, haha.
In a universe where music does not exist, what other form of art would you be doing? 
I actually draw a ton. Like, all the time. I’ve been trying to use my quarantine time to fill up my current sketchbook before the cover falls off, haha. Sometimes it’s difficult to keep up with, because my brain can’t pick a hyperfixation to focus on for longer than two days, so art block kicks my ass a lot. Like, yesterday was Re:Zero and today it’s Outlast.
In a universe where the currency is the person’s sense of humor, how rich would you be? 
That might depend who you ask, haha. I feel like whenever I’m funny, it’s completely by accident. So as far as how rich I would be, I think I’m that one friend who always only $3 in their bank account.
In a universe where you just changed your WiFI password to be your favourite vocalist, your favourite song, and a random word, what would your WifFi password be? 
In a universe where the senses of taste and hearing are mixed up, what would Starkill’s music taste like? 
Each song is so different, I honestly have no idea. All I know is Gravity would be an absolute buffet of an album, haha.
Thank you for playing Sarah! 
Have you ever been treated in a sexist way? How would you face sexism and what advice would you give teenagers around the world who face any kind of discrimination?
Fortunately, no, though I have friends and peers who have. I think the best advice would be to just call out any sexist behaviour as it happens to try and eliminate or rectify the issue as early as possible while preventing any further issues.
Is the new single an appetiser for the fans for more music and maybe another album by Starkill soon? 
It’s definitely a teaser for more music! We have another single that will be released soon, and then we are actually going to be working on an EP shortly after that.
Thank you for the interview, Sarah! Good luck for you in all your projects. 
Thank you!

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