ÆXYLIUM

AEXYLIUM is a folk metal band from Italy that I just recently got to know of. And since I liked what I heard I had to interview them. Anders Ekdahl ©2018

What kind of vision did you have when you started and how has it changed over the years?
-Our first idea was to form an irish/folk band at the beginning; then, over time and after the entry of the new members, we chose to focus on the genre folk metal, because we thought it was more appropriate.
The first months we saw all this as a hobby, just for fun, but then we decided to work harder and dedicate more time to achieve important goals.

What is it like to be a in a band and to get to tour all over the world? What kind of feelings do that bring about?
-For the moment, we had the chance to play only in our Country, but it is certainly an idea that we hope will be available in future.
Playing around the world is definitely one of the dreams of any musician, because it gives at the band the opportunity to grow, improve and make memorable experiences.

What kind of feedback have you had on your music, your latest album and in general? How important is feedback?
-We are really happy with the feedback our album is having, even internationally; it’s always nice when people from abroad also write to you to congratulate you on your work.
Critics are also very important because they can help you improve and understand what the defects are.

How do you know that you have written a “hit” song? Is there a particular feeling you get when you know that this is the one, this is the big “make it song”?
-Yes it’s something that you can perceive together with the other members of the band.
It’s hard to explain, but it’s when you realize that a song works in all respects, when it’s incredibly familiar and pretty catchy.

As I am no musician I will never got to know the difference of analogue and digital. Can you explain the difference to me? what are the pros and cons of analogue V/S digital?
-For what we can say, digital sound in recent years has made considerable progress and has reduced the gap with the analog.
We must say, however, that the analog still retains a certain charm and “warmth”, but in a modern recording it is increasingly difficult to understand what is digital and what is analog.
A digital sound supporter could say that this will remain unparalleled (and he would probably be right), but we must also admit that working digitally reduces costs and time.

What is it like to have people you never met liking your music and singing along to it at gigs?
-When you meet new people who appreciate your music it is always a success.
If at the end of the gig they come to you and you want to buy your album or take a picture with you because they appreciate your songs, then it means you are on the right way.

How important are lyrics to you guys? Do you have any messages that you want to get forward?
-In folk music the lyrics are important because it is a musical genre that comes from ancient traditions and roots, and this is often also represented by the outfit used by the bands of this musical genre.
In our songs we narrate several tales, some from Norse and Celtic mythology, others simply born from our imagination

I love a really cool cover but I get the feeling that today with all this digital uploading/downloading people aren’t that concerned about artwork. How do you feel?
-Yes, actually, today it is difficult to find images that are not reproduced in digital.
Also with regard to album covers, there are many artists who simply know how to make good use of software such as Photoshop and are inspired by existing illustrations.
It’s sad to say but it’s hard to find artists that make hand-drawings.

What does the future hold?
-We have some dates fixed until December, a couple in important italian festivals.
We are also planning to make a videoclip and then we’ll see … let’s hope the future will bring us other great news!

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