With so many bands left to discover in the world it feels like a never ending job but it is made easier when you discover bands like STONEMAN. Interview answered by Mikki Chixx (vocals), Dee (Bass) and Rico H (Drums) Anders Ekdahl ©2018
Every band has to introduce their music to new people. What is it that you want people to get from listening to you guys?
Mikki Chixx: As you are not from a german speaking country I will be introducing STONEMAN.
My drummer RICO H and me play since teenager years together. STONEMAN is a dark rock /NeueDeutscheHärte Band and we sing in German. We played Shwos all over the world with Bands like “Böhse Onkelz”, Megadeth or UNHEILIG. We got up on stages like WACKEN, WaveGotikTreffen or Eurorock. “GEIL UND ELEKTRISCH” is the name of our third german speaking record. It will blow you brain out!
Rico H: easy, they should google the band, we are in 2018, everything is open for everyone, listen to our songs, check the videos and make ther own picture about the band .
Dee: To do a fast introduction as well: of course we have to tell them NDH to give them a picture in they Brain. Bu I think Stoneman is so much more than this. We try always new things about Sounds and Songwriting’s without losing the focus of the Stoneman Roots. Is not always easy but its definitely worth, if you listen our new Album „Geil und Elektrisch“ you will feel it. We damn proud of this fucking Record!
How hard was it for you guys to pick a name? What had that name have to have to fit your music?
Rico H: Stoneman is founded in 2005.. a long time in a fast world…it had something to do with a track from guns n roses. Mikki and me, we were big fans of the band…Mikki? Do you know the exactly story?
Mikki Chixx: Rico and me where listening to a guns n roses track as we where teenagers….There was a song called in “It’s a story of a man…” but we smoked already a lot this day and understood just” it’s a STOOOONEMAAAAN” laugh
Dee: As I joined the Band 5 Years Ago, I was fucking disappointed that nobody Smoked weed in this Band called STONE-man! However, was to late, because the contracts was already signed (laughter)!
Everybody is influenced by certain things. What band(s) was it that turned you on to the kind of music you play? What inspires you today?
Mikki Chixx: Sex, drugs and rock n roll always helped a lot laugh – As we are children of the 80ies as well bands like GnR, Mötley Crüe, Europe and all this wonderful acts…. Of course I know that we sound very different but they where inspiring to start with music!
Rico H: We are musicians since a ling time. The bands, they influenced me changed naturally….Stones, Guns n Roses, Manson, Jackson etc Today, my own life and my family inspire me!
Dee: I was always addicted in Bands as I was Teenager. And now I Play also in a Rock Band! Sometimes its feels weird to meet guys that I was a Fan before. So everybody of us has a own influence but in our Heart we just want to make Rock’n’Roll in our way, in a Stoneman way. So I just can repeat Lemmys speaking ….and we Play Rock’n’Roll.
When you formed did you do so with the intent of knowing what to play or did you do so from the point of having a band name and then picking a sound? How did you settle on the name/sound combo?
Rico H: Mikki and me wanna form a band…we thought, that’s the only way to get some girls….
Mikki Chixx: Absolutley true laugh
Dee: Yea I think this is until today the damn reason number one for everyone to start a Rock band (laughing). But Stoneman 2018 is a Band they found the own unique Sound. We don’t Copy or try to copy some Other Bands.
I believe that d1. You have one of these names that do not really tell what kind of metal you play. How hard was it to come up with the name?
Dee: ha-ha See this is exactly what I meant about the Dope (Laughing)! But c’mon the Name of a Band is Not really Important I Think. If the band plays a damn crapshit they can have an awesome name, but in the end its still a crapshit! If the Band play awesome music with a bulshit name, so? We still in A business about music. By the way, we not really a Classic Metal band, so what other Band name would be Ok for us? I think Stoneman is a good name for us.
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?
Mikki Chixx: STONEMAN first record: sex.drugs.murder (2004)
Dee: Sure, you can! Just Check our Album covers! But yes in the past was the Album cover a strong martketingtool because the People was going to the stores to check the new Albums and this was the first thing what they saw from a Band the Cover..But this times already gone. Album Covers is not the same strong tool like before because the CD stores are dead.
What is your opinion on digital verses physical? Is digital killing music?
Rico H: For amateur bands it’s a good thing, showing the band to people, whitout having a good record company. For all the professional bands, like us….its the killer!
Dee: Yes, this is a fact I absolutely agree! It’s like a love hate thing!
What kind live scene is there for bands like yours?
Mikki Chixx: Goth, Rock, Metal….however you like to call it
Dee: We don’t really like to put us in just one scene. Fact is we played in the past years in Wacken with Sabaton , last Month with Boehse Onkelz on a big Festival or we played also Gothic Festivals………so what exactly is our scenes? As I said before: we just wanna Play Rock’n’Roll in a Stoneman way. Love it or not.
When you play live is it a happening or do you see it more as a party?
Rico H: It’s a job…but we love the job! We are friends and we love the time we have together on tour!
Dee: Is a fucking Party Job…After the Show I always feel like I was running thru the Sahara and back!
What would you like to see the future bring?
Rico H: Happiness & Peace
Dee: I’m sure we will play in the future also more Shows all over Europe not only the German speaking Europe. Hope some Swedish festival will invite us next Year! But with this interview I’m pretty sure it will comes a lot offers now (laughing).
Mikki Chixx: I want YOU GUYS to come to our shows, buy our records and have a beer together!