Being one of the founding members Steve has been one of the pieces of the best folk metal band in existance SKYCLAD. I perfer to call them INTELLI- METAL because they just make you think about every aspect of the world, whether its nature,love or politics. If you like your metal with alot flavor and your lyrics far beyond Ho-Hum then SKYCLAD Is the band for you!

Prof.ManiC: First how have you, Martin and Graeme manage to put up with each other all these years? What have been some the toughest times for the band? How will you know when you or the band has reached it "sell by" date?
Steve Ramsey:
I think we've managed to put up with each other not only because we're good friends but that we have a common belief in what we're doing. We've had tough times, always financially, but more importantly due to apathetic press and record companies, but we always, as Monty Python put it, look on the bright side of life and have support from such loyal and dedicated fans all over the world, that manages to keep are peckers up, so to speak!
Prof.ManiC: Whats your opinion of Nuclear Blasts deal? Who else was interested in you guys?
Steve Ramsey:
Our new deal is the best we've ever had and they offered us the most world wide promotion so as far as a sell by date goes I think there's a lot of life left in the old dog yet.
Prof.ManiC: What tricks do you have up your sleeve for the upcoming album? Any Jigs?
Steve Ramsey:
The new album will be as heavy as the last one and there's sure to be a jig or two as well
Prof.ManiC: Will Skyclad ever grace US soil again?? How many people to you usually draw over in Europe?
Steve Ramsey: We'd love to come and play in the US and Nuclear Blast have promised us greater promotion and distribution which hopefully will generate the sales enabling us to do so. In Europe our crowds range from anywhere between 200 to 2000 depending on the town and country.
Prof.ManiC: How has the music and Style changed since "Wayward Sons"?
Steve Ramsey:
Our style of music has changed with the greater input and knowledge to do so of other instruments like the violin.
Prof.ManiC: Do you guys make a living off Skyclad? If not what to you guys do to make ends meet and what drives you guys to continue and not look for greener pastures?
Steve Ramsey:
We make a very meager living but love what we do and find other ways to supplement our incomes. I'm doing some teaching as does George at the moment, Graeme joinery, Kev, sound engineering, Jay, session drumming, and Martin is writing poetry.
Prof.ManiC: Is there a certain song that you have wrote that no matter now many times you play it you are overcome with a certain kind of awe and pride? Why?
Steve Ramsey:
There's always at least one song on every album that is special to me, maybe because it recorded better than others or the reaction from a live crowd is exceptional.
Prof.ManiC: Are you challenged to write better music to keep up with Martins lyrics or is he challenged to write great lyrics to keep up with your music?
Steve Ramsey:
The song writing of the music and the lyrics comes hand in hand with us so we've never experienced any difficulty with either.
Prof.ManiC: What do you think are the best lyrics Martin has ever wrote? Who so you think is the best lyricist around today?
Steve Ramsey:
I haven't found a better lyricist than Martin in any of the music I listen to, and it's difficult to pick a favorite but I particularly like those in "No Deposit No Return".
Prof.ManiC: Since my page is devoted to metal and using it to help people control or at least understand their emotions, mind telling us what you like to do when your feeling down or pissed off to take you mind off it?
Steve Ramsey:
I think music is the best upper, and solution for a downer than anything else and I have different albums for different moods to suit either occasion.
Prof.ManiC: Out of all the places you've toured what place do you think is the most beautiful?
Steve Ramsey:
The most beautiful sight I've ever seen was on tour in 1987 with my previous band Satan. We were driving from Vienna to Zurich in a minibus across the Tirol having had no sleep and tempers were a little frayed, so we decided on a bit of fresh air at the top of a mountain at about 6am. It was amazing, we were looking down into a valley below when the clouds above us descended to form what looked like a misty lake in the valley then disappearing again until we could see the tiny village reappear from this artificial lake.
Prof.ManiC: If you could form a "SUPERGROUP" with anyone in the world(or time) who would you pick and why? What would be the aim or message of the band?
Steve Ramsey:
As far as forming a "SUPERGROUP" is concerned I don't think I'd really be into it. Too many ego's, anyway I'm already in a super group!!
Prof.ManiC: Whats your opinion of way we treat the worlds environment? What do you think will happen in the future? What do you hope will happen in the future?
Steve Ramsey:
I think the way we treat the world's environment is a major concern for all of us and hopefully, with enough pressure, the world's governments will finally put their heads together instead of up their own asses and come up with some solutions to the problem.
Prof.ManiC: What inspired you to start playing in the first place? What inspires you to keep playing?
Steve Ramsey:
Metal inspired me to play in the first place and the reaction we get from people to what we do inspires me to continue doing what we do.
Prof.ManiC: Any Final Comments?
Steve Ramsey:
Keep your fingers crossed and who knows, with the new deal maybe we'll be able to come and play in all those places that have so far eluded us.