I am a huge fan of spaghetti westerns, on film. I’m not so sure about it in my music. But perhaps REDWEST will be able to convince me otherwise. Anders Ekdahl ©2016
You have one of these names that does not really tell what kind of metal you play. How hard was it to come up with the name?
-The word Redwest has no precise meaning, but it’s born from the union of two evocative words that represent our music and our spirit.
The “red” reminds of something very strong and warm, like fire and blood, while the west… well ‘I think you can presume the reason.
It was quite simple to come up with that, as we wanted a name easy to remember as well as something who perfectly reflects our sound.
Could you give us a short introduction to the band?
-Redwest was formed in 2009 in Italy in the far-west around Milan, as the first “Spaghetti-Western Metal” band in the world: our music aims at merging the epic atmosphere of the Spaghetti-Western with a powerful hard’n’heavy sound.
After releasing two EPs in 2009 (“Spaghetti Western Metal”) and in 2012 (“Play Your Hand”), we published our first full-length in 2016, called “Crimson Renegade”.
The characters of this gang are: il Lurido (lead vocals/harmonica), il Randagio (guitars), la Straniera (backing vocals) and il Losco (bass guitar).
What would you say have been the single greatest influence on your sound?
-Actually it’s not just possible to find a single influence on our music.
I would say that many hard rock/metal artists, as well as some of the greatest soundtrack composers, have influenced Redwest sound… Just think what would happen if Ennio Morricone decides to create a new western soundtrack featuring heavy metal guitars!
Moreover, each band member’s different music backgrounds, such as modern music, country, folk, pop and Italian tradition, contributed to make our sound unique.
What is the scene like in your area? Do you feel that you are a part of a scene?
-Well, in the past, the Italian music industry has always been only interested in traditional Italian music and follow the strict rules of the mainstream market.
Anyway, in the last years something has begun to change, there’s a strong underground scene that is finally finding a place.
We don’t play a mainstream genre, but our music is able to reach different kinds of listeners. People who listen to Redwest are not obsessed with a music genre or a particular trend. They simply love our music.
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?
-This is a very interesting question. Honestly, if you’re talking about a movement meant as a phenomenon that drives people’s mind or something like that, maybe it sounds a bit pretentious. But certainly when you’re part of a band like this, the experiences lived together, the difficult moments and the big satisfactions, create unique ties not only within the band members, but also with people who have been following us and supporting us for years.
We can say that the Redwest are a real extended family of cowboys and cowgirls!
When you play the sort of music you play I guess you cannot have birds and bees on the cover of your album? What is a great album cover to you?
-Certainly “Crimson Renegade” cover is the best one I’ve ever seen! Joking apart, I believe that a great album cover should make you envisage the album content before you listen to it. It can be an amazing painting or a totally black cover, but it’s essential that you desire to discover the music inside.
When a was young I bought a lot of CDs just because I liked the album cover, haha.
What is your opinion on digital verses physical? Is digital killing music?
-Actually I’m not sure about that. I mean, today it’s very hard to sell music like 20 years ago, but the market is totally changed and this is not only due to digital.
Teenagers listen to music in a different way. Thanks to internet they can reach more bands than before and today they don’t need to spend money for a CD. In a certain way this can be also positive for underground music.
Actually I’m a bit more worried about the current status of live music, that is the only way for the bands to support themselves, but it’s often controlled by big agencies which don’t support emerging artists.
What kind live scene is there for bands like yours?
-You know that Italy is not “homeland” of hard rock/heavy metal, therefore bands who are normally more attractive for rock music clubs are tribute bands.
Anyway, we offer an original show, that’s not only a rock concert, but a real “spaghetti-western metal” event; it includes many elements beside the music, such as stage costumes, special effects, etc.
This allow us to find interesting opportunities to play live, for example, in particular themed events or spring/summer festivals.
When you play live is it a happening or do you see it more as a party?
-A great party, of course! Our most important ingredient is the audience, we want our fans to enjoy the show and to actively participate with us.
This is fun because different kinds of people join our concerts at the same time: metalheads, folk/country listeners and dancing cowgirls!
What would you like to see the future bring?
-We are going to publish the video clips of other two songs taken from “Crimson Renegade” album, hopefully one before the summer and the second in Autumn.
Furthemore, we are currently planning the tour in our country and in the rest of Europe, including your amazing country!
Hope to see you very soon!