Cradle of Filth lead vocalist Dani Filth spoke to Rock Talk With Mitch Lafon and discussed the bands’ lineup changes while explaining the main reasons behind the former members’ departures.
Cradle of Filth’s current lineup consists of Dani Filth, Martin ‘Marthus’ Škaroupka, Daniel Firth, Richard Shaw, Marek ‘Ashok’ Šmerda, and Anabelle Iratni. Still, none of them are founding members except for the frontman. According to Filth, the original members had personal reasons and motivations to part ways with the band.
The original members left the band for several reasons, such as personal and creative differences and aiming to pursue a career as solo musicians. So, Cradle of Filth worked with 11 different guitarists, 9 keyboardists, 4 bassists, and 5 drummers until the current members joined the band, which the lead singer defined as a rejuvenation.
Dani Filth shared his ideas about this situation, saying that they have been together for 8 years except for the new keyboardist, Anabelle Iratni, and they are very happy about working together. He highlighted the harmony between the Cradle of Filth members and crew by praising the management’s never-ending support.
Filth said in his interview that:
“Well, firstly, I think we’ve had 32 ex-members. We’ve only sacked, I think, three of those, and they were very early days. People leave for a multitude of reasons or depart, they can’t handle it or they think they can do it better, etc.
However with each fresh blood, it does rejuvenate, much like Elizabeth Bathory and her bath, it rejuvenates the band. The current lineup has been together, aside from the keyboardist who was swapped, for the last eight years.”
“Our drummer’s been in the band for now 15 years so, I mean, it seems like a lifetime in itself, you get less for murder in some countries. I think it’s a great lineup. We’re very good friends and it’s not only them, it’s the crew we’ve got – we call them the Crewdle of Filth – management, all the people around us enable us just to do the one thing we’re born to do, and that’s to make music.
It keeps all the parasitic crap that we shouldn’t really deal with, you know, monetary things and this and that and tax out of our hair, so we can concentrate on being the Peter Pan wannabes.”
You can check out the interview below.