If there ever was a classic Italian thrash/extreme metal band beside Bulldozer it has to be EXTREMA. Having been around for what seems like forever they are still going strong. Anders Ekdahl ©2016
When the band came into creation what was the main purpose for it?
-Back then, in 1985 we where four kids that wanted to play Louder and faster as we could and to travel and play everywhere there was a stage.
How hard is it to come up with a sound that is all yours? What bits’n’pieces do you pick up from other stuff to make it your sound?
-We started as a Thrash Metal Band back in 1985, then we evolved in something beyond that, trying to add always something new and different to improve our sound, weÕd always tried to write good Metal Songs. I really donÕt know if we succeed in this but, after all theese years weÕre still here writing music, doing records and playing shows.
I have no idea what kind of creative process you guys go through but how hard is it to record and release new songs?
-As I told you in the previous answer we’d always tried to change the elements of our music, started from our Thrash Basis, that are always present, and develop in something different, some people like it some maybe not, but, believe me trying not to write the same records forever is really difficult. The influences can come from anything Metal or Not.
Today technology allows you to record at home and release your music digitally. But in doing so is there a risk that you release songs too soon, before they are fully ready to be launched at an audience?
-I totally agree with you, but That is not our problem. Yes, we record our demo at our home studios, but, before one song is ready to be definitely recorded it passes through a lot of work, changes, re-writings and pre-productions. We think that once our music is out, is forever, so better to be the good as we could.’
I for one feel that the change of how people listen to music today, by downloading it and expecting to get it for free, will kill music as we know it. What kind of future is there for recorded music?
-What you said is sadly true, Music in the past was the soundtrack of our lives, now it look more like a background in a superstore, most of the people still donÕt understand that if they download music for free, tomorrow there will be not new music, to produce good music it costs money, if people will not pay for the music in the future there will be not money to produce new music as we know. Probably the bigger companies will keep on producing music but for me there will be no more an underground scene.
What kind of responses have you had to your recorded music? What has been the thing that has gotten the most attention?
-Our very first full length “Tension at the Seams” back in 1993, in our home country it looked to be the next big thing coming out, we sold almost 25.000 copies worldwide, and today it’s still probably one of the best record our scene released. In general people likes our music when they have the chance to listen to it.
We live in a world where there are no real distances between people communicating anymore. What has been the most surprising contact so far?
-One positive point to the internet is that you can be in touch with all your contacts daily, things impossible to think in the past, the whole thing to me is the most surprising thing if I compare it to the 80s/ 90s.
Do you feel like you are a part of a greater community playing in a band?
-Yes anytime we play in a different place we go back home with great stories to tell and new friends that usually we can’t wait to meet again.
What is the live scene like for you? Do you feel that playing live helps building a bigger following?
-Extrema is mostly a Live Band, the stage is our natural element, we’d always played a lot of shows, we are close to 1000 shows played in our career, also we had the chance and luck to support some of the biggest name in Metal in our country, Metallica, Slayer, toured with Motorhead, toured twice Europe with Death Angel, of course to play the more shows help the Band to improve their fans and followers.
What plans do you have for the future?
-We’ve just released “The Old School EP”, right now we’re planning a Tour to support it, in the meantime weÕre already writing the songs for our 7th studio album that we hope to release end of 2017.