Father, husband, guitar player, Craig Silverman is a name that many of you know. Playing in such hardcore heavyweight bans as Agnostic Front and Slapshot, you know he is a force to be reckoned with. Many know him simply as “Skinhead Craig”, but to his son, he simply is “Dad.” Get to know Craig a little bit better in this Rad Dad Feature.
1. Tell us about what you do, who you are, and how you balance your career with being a dad?
I play guitar in the hardcore bands Agnostic Front, and Slapshot. The greatest thing about doing what I do is whenever I’m not on the road, I’m a full time dad. Which is awesome. So many fathers don’t get to spend all that much time with their children. I do, and consider myself to be very lucky.
2. What does being a modern-day dad mean to you?
Forgetting all about the traditional meaning of the word “father”. Growing up, I always considered “dads” to be disciplinarians, and not much more. I can only hope that when my son gets older that he’s not afraid to tell me anything, and that he comes to me first with any problem he faces. Sounds cliche, but I would die for my son. He means everything to me.
3.How did becoming a father change your life?
WI never wanted kids, and my son was unplanned and unexpected. I was 42 when I found out that my wife was pregnant, and I was petrified. I’ve never been that scared in all my life. But the funny thing is that my life hasn’t really changed all that much. I still get to do what I love, and I’ve been given the greatest gift of all. My son. Who says you can’t have your cake and eat it too?
4. Whats the greatest part about being a dad?
Seeing the huge smile on my son’s face the first time he sees me when I get back from a tour. I’m not a very sensitive or sentimental kind of guy, but it almost brings a tear to my eye every time.
5. Can you share a funny story about being a father?
Ha! For me, just being a a dad is a funny story. Anyone that knows me will tell you. Seriously.
6. What advice can you give any new father out there?
Don’t overthink things, and try not to think too much about the future. Enjoy the time you have with your kid while they’re toddlers. Also, if you have any hang ups about yourself, get them out of your system. You take the backseat once your child is born.
Thanks so much Craig! Much appreciated, for the feature AND the tunes!
Follow Craig on Instagram at https://instagram.com/skinhead_craig/