Interview with Grim Reaper Vocalist
have you been up to?
Steve: I've done several live recordings.....I hope......I haven't listened to them yet.....We want to release a new live album from Steve Grimmett's Grim Reaper, later 2011, sometime before summer. I'm not really doing anything with SG's Grim Reaper, until later in the year, cause I've got to have a back operation, so I won't be able to do much.
FIBMUSIC: How long will it take to recover?
Steve: At least six weeks and then we'll see how that goes. We've had to cancel a number of shows already, but I think we start either at the end of August or early September. We'll play Greece.....we're coming to America to do a show as well, I think we've got Brazil again, Bulgaria, a lot of places this year that I haven't played before.
MedusaFIBMUSIC: Can you give us a little background on how you became a musician?
Steve: I don't really know; I just kind of fell into it. A girlfriend caught me singing in the bedroom. A couple of weeks later, she had gotten me a gig with a local band. It didn't really last that long, to be fair. From there, several bands, Medusa being one of them. I suppose I got hooked in that respect, but I don't know. I don't think I ever thought of it as a career. Then obviously, we started to do some things in the States with Grim Reaper. It never really dawned on me that I would be doing it full time.
FIBMUSIC: Was there something else you wanted to do for a career?
Steve: No....No....nothing at all, really. (laughs) I was going to go into the family business, so I never had to think about anything else. The actual business was my biggest hobby and still is.
FIBMUSIC: What is it?
Steve: Radio controlled model aircraft. It's been a lifelong passion for me. I suppose my father was one of the founding members of radio control equipment, back in the early 50's.
FIBMUSIC: Did your folks have their own shop?
Steve: Yeah they did and that was basically what I was going to look after. I didn't (laughs)......I got into this music stuff.
FIBMUSIC: You became a rock star by accident.
Steve: It was too. I'm not sure if you know how it all started.
FIBMUSIC: Wasn't there a battle of the bands?
Steve: Well, that wasn't really it either. The battle of the bands was just something we entered into and then won. The prize was 24 hours in a 24-track studio. I had already worked for the band Chateaux; I had done a single for them. Then they asked if I would do the album with them because they didn't have a singer. I was just a hired gun. In between the single and doing the album, Grim Reaper had won this competition and then recorded our demo....and I took it with me when I went to do the vocals on the Chateaux album and gave it to Ebony Records. Six or seven weeks later they signed us. Then a record store in New York, called Zig Zag, got a hold of the import and took it to Walter O'Brien (Concrete Management), who eventually became our manager. I think he owned Combat Records at the time. He got in touch with Ebony Records because he wanted to release it in the States. Ebony Records said they would only go with a major, so then Walter took it to RCA and that is how we got our deal in the States.