I gotta say that I wasn’t too impressed by the glam/sleaze metal scene of the 80s but I have to admit that in retrospect some bands wrote really cool songs. CRAZY LIXX keep that banner high in this day and age. Anders Ekdahl ©2016
You have one of these names that tells me that some thought has been involved in the choice. How hard was it to come up with the name?
-It’s the name of a plastic toy guitar that singer and founding member Danny Rexon had in his youth. He started off early!
Could you give us a short introduction to the latest album?
-Sure. We recorded it mostly by ourselves and over almost a year just to be fully satisfied with the songs and the sound. For us it felt like a statement, this is us, this is the way we wanna sound like, therefore the simple title Crazy Lixx.
What would you say have been the single greatest influence on your sound?
-Probably the variation in our musical influences. We are very open minded when it comes to listening to music.
What is the metal scene like in your area? Do you feel that you are a part of a scene?
-At the moment there is almost no scene at all where we live (in the southern parts of Sweden). Most rock clubs are closing and it’s really depressing to witness it. People often talk about us when talking about the new sleaze wave in mid 2000, which featured Crashdiet and such bands. But I don’t think our music is sleaze rock at all anymore, I’d say more like 80’s hard rock.
Something I have often wondered about is if you feel that you are part of something bigger and
greater when you play in a band, that you are part of a movement sort of?
-Well yes I understand what you mean. When meeting fans and other bands on the road you sometimes realize how amazing it is, everybody is connected thru the music. Borders don’t exist.
When you play the sort of metal you play I guess you cannot have birds and bees on the cover of your album? What is a great album cover to you?
-It’s all about if you can pull it of. I’m sure there’s some bands that could use birds and bees and make it look awesome, haha. I’ve always liked the covers that are more artistic, like Iron Maiden, Kiss to name a few bands with great artworks. I like the idea of using your record as art! I really don’t think you need to do all the typical cliché covers, with booze, tattoos and aces…they’ve all been done…
What is your opinion on digital verses physical? Is digital killing music?
-No not really, it’s easier to reach out to more people digitally, but of course as it looks today it’s really hard to sell albums…almost all the money that people pay monthly to different streaming services is going straight to the record companies and not to the artists…so we and all other bands and artists are having a hard time to survive. If we could earn more from it, like when selling physical albums maybe we could put more time into it.
What kind live scene is there for bands like yours?
-Well there is quite a few festivals around Europe, both small and bigger ones, and of course a lot of clubs, but in Sweden it’s really hard to tour. We haven’t been playing much in Sweden the last couple of years due to that. We’d love to tour the United States some day!
When you play live is it a happening or do you see it more as a party?
-I see it as a way of meeting people. Old fans that we can recognize from stage and getting new ones and have the possibility to do our best performance so far each time. When we sound good the audience can have a good time and the we can party together!
What would you like to see the future bring?
-Right now we’re booking shows for the rest of the year and planning the release of a new live album! And as always we’re writing songs so maybe we can start recording again soon… Let’s hope for a great 2016! Thanks!
Jens Sjöholm, Crazy Lixx