Interview: John Cooper of Skillet by Charlie Meister

We’re continuing our series of pre-festival coverage as we talk with the bands that are gearing up to take the big stages again this fall. Fresh on the heels of last week’s interview with Diamante, which you can find HERE, we have Skillet’s front-man John Cooper.

Currently, Skillet is wrapping up their Drive-In tour and have several additional dates scheduled for this summer. This fall, the band is set to appear at both Louder Than Life and Aftershock Festivals, in addition to several other big-stage appearances. If you’re looking to attend either of these festivals, check out either of them at the following links:

While talking with John, he expresses his excitement for getting back out on the road, how his family (including his wife Corey, who also plays guitar for Skillet) have spent the last year, and reveals a little info on their upcoming album:

On the return of live music:

“It just shows you the power of community, how much human beings aren’t meant to be alone….and you don’t notice it until it’s gone.”

On incorporating his faith in Skillet’s music:

“You don’t have to believe in God to recognize there’s something supernatural about the way music makes you feel”

On which artist deserves to have artwork done by the great Todd McFarlane:

“Korn is, literally…the best performing live band in the world.” “If anybody deserves Todd McFarlane to do their art work, I guess it’s them!”

View the full interview here:


Check out Skillet’s latest podcast from their Drive-In Tour here:


About Skillet:

Skillet has cemented their place as one of the 21st century’s most successful rock bands. Selling more than 12 million units worldwide, the Wisconsin quartet have received two GRAMMY Award nominations and won a Billboard Music Award for the now double-platinum certified Awake. Their double-platinum single “Monster” was “the eighth most-streamed rock song of 2015” and currently has over 111 million plays (and counting) on Spotify, earning the distinction of becoming “the best-selling digital single in the history of Christian Music.” 2013’s Rise bowed at #4 on the Billboard Top 200 upon release and received resounding and eclectic acclaim from the likes of USA Today, New York Times, Revolver Loudwire and more. Their latest album, Unleashed, debuted at #3 on the Billboard 200 and the first single “Feel Invincible” went to #1 on the Rock Radio chart.  The track “Stars” was featured in the motion picture The Shack, released last March. Skillet was recently nominated for 3 additional Billboard Music Awards and their songs have been used by the WWE, Marvel, ESPN and the NFL to name a few.