In a world were there are so many bands to keep track of I want to bring my two cents in presenting you to this interview with EXTINCTION. Anders Ekdahl ©2019
What kind of vision did you have when you started and how has it changed over the years?
Danilo (guitars): At the beginning, in the nineties, I had no vision, in the sense that I loved playing with the band and composing music, also because we played just for fun. When I reformed the band in 2014, after so many unsuccessful experiences, I immediately made it clear to the guys that the goals were to record an album with a label and do a lot of live. Now, two years after the first album, we present the second “The Apocalypse Mark”, released by a label with worldwide distribution, and we even played several times outside Italy. So it’s all growing.
Does location mean anything today? We used to hear about how it was all location, location, location back in the days if you wanted to make it big? That you had to come from a certain place to be sure to make it.
Danilo: It all depends how far you want to get … The point is that here in Italy metal has a hard life, due to a lack of clubs, an increasingly declining of the audience at the concerts, etc. Unlike in other European countries, such as Germany or your Sweden, the metal business is very strong and there is a greater following. Therefore we try to focus on these territories.
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?
Danilo: Well, in the whole world it is a big word … but even just being able to play across national borders is the culmination of a dream. Being able to travel, visit new places and learn about new people and realities is something that goes beyond music.
Lorenzo (bass): We haven’t seen the world yet … but life “on the road” is a mix of sensations, like commitment, happiness … it’s totally another life.
What kind of feedback have you had on your music, your latest album and in general? How important is feedback?
Danilo: Feedback is the meaning of everything you do. Is very important. We are still waiting for reviews on the new album. But we are confident, because we know we have done a great job.
Lorenzo: the feedback is very important, you understand immediately if what you wrote works or sucks …. on my music for the moment is positive!
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”?
Danilo: The feeling of having written a beautiful song I have only after it has been completed with the whole band. Because everyone puts his own and until work is over he does not know what comes out. After having prepared all the songs, we immediately understand the tracks that can represent the album.
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?
Danilo: Well, the analog is the vinyl or cassette format, a sound reproduced with mechanical supports, while the digital in the beginning were the CDs, with a more defined and clean sound quality, but the warm feeling that only an LP can reproduce is missing.
The formats that in the last twenty years have had a maximum diffusion due to greater practicality have been mp3s, a compressed format that is easy to listen to on small devices, but which lacks the audio quality of the original format. From here all those online platforms like Spotify were born, which allow you to listen to music on the web with a simple click, but unfortunately it will never be as exciting as a lp or a CD booklet in your hands. Music is also touch and vision.
What is it like to have people you never met liking your music and singing along to it at gigs?
Danilo: The feeling is that of having done something good … something that has left a sign, an emotion towards someone.
How important are lyrics to you guys? Do you have any messages that you want to get forward?
Danilo: The lyrics of our musical genre often take a back seat… but we try to communicate our thoughts with those who listen to us. For example, in my lyrics I treat everything connected to the dark plots of a powerful elite that dominates and controls the world and every single individual. For example the titletrack, “The Apocalypse Mark”, deals with the subcutaneous microchip implanted in the right hand that allows you to easily perform many daily actions, but at the same time makes you vulnerable and controllable.
Each of us in the band is free to express what he wants, such as our drummer Alberto who deals with historical themes or related to serial killers.
What does the future hold?
Lorenzo: The cover is like the band’s business card, the important thing is to do a good job! And for the future …. At full speed !!!
Danilo: Here, precisely, we return to the discourse of before, where music is also vision. The cover must attract, and make the musical genre immediately understandable for those who do not know a band. We focused on this and thanks to a great artist like Roberto Toderico we got an incredible result!
As for the future we hope to play as much as possible around, hoping for next year to be able to resonate abroad.
Meanwhile the promotion of our album “The Apocalypse Mark” continues and we await the reviews.
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