VANEXA is an Italian heavy metal band that i like so much i have to interview them just for that reason. Anders Ekdahl ©2018

Let’s start with your latest recording. When you look back at it now what kind of feelings do you have for it?
-We are proud of “Too Heavy to Fly” record. Listening to it now we like just everything. We actually are working on some new songs and we think that now we can do something better in the productions, but just details.

I am fascinated by band names. What was it that made you settle on the one you have and what does it mean to you?
-At the beginning the name was “Vanessa”(butterfly symbol) and firstr lyrics were written in italian. When we changed the language into english we ghanged the name in “Vanexa” just because it sound better for us

What does it mean to you that there are people out there that actually appreciate and look forward to what you are doing?
-Of course for is it’s a great satisfaction that urges us to continue and do it better

How important is image to the band? What impression do you want the fans to get of the band?
-The image of any band is very important of course. Today there are many bands with a great image and graphic skills but sometimes the music and the music ideas are not at the same level. So we like to be just like we are, a classic metal band with a compact image but not any particular look

I am a huge fan of LP art work. How important is it to have the right art work for your album?
-We love our discography, expecial vynil and special edition. We are an “old date” band and fortunally we have a little “heavy base” of fans so we like rewarding them with special contents. Too heavy to fly was released in 5 different editions with many gadget and bonus tracks inside. The artwork has to be great, as the music!

We live in a superficial world today where you don’t exist if you are not on Youtube and Facebook. Has social media been only beneficial in socializing with the fans or is there a down side to it too?
-I think that youtube and facebook just changed the way of listen to music and the way of getting new fans. In past times metal heads and people interested in music used to go in cd shops for getting news about bands and albums and read magazines. Now all the people live with smatphone and facebook so all music businness was costricted to move in this way. It’s different. We lived all the cd and vynyl great times so we don’t like so much listening music by internet, but this is the way of today so finally we have to get used to it

When you are in the middle of it do you notice what state our beloved music scene is in? Is the scene healthy or does it suffer from some ailment?
-The only defect is that, as you sayd, We live in a superficial world today so people get tones of music in the same time and has not time to enjoy it. Internet of today teaches to play instruments in a week so the are many bands that make albums just quantizing and tuning their sound with the computer and without appropriate experience.

How much of a touring band are you guys? How hard is it to get gigs outside of your borders?
-Vanexa started playing at the end of ’70 so we made a lot of tour, in Italy and worldwide, as Vanexa or individually with other bands. Today it’s hard to make a tour, we usually make many single gig or 2 gigs in a week end. If you don’t earn tones of dollars making gigs it’s important that all the band members have goodtimes together, making gigs and travels. That’s what we feel!

What will the future bring?
-These days we are meking a new press of “Too Heavy To Fly”, in dc and vynil, with a bonus track. Than we will release a new single witha new videoclip. I think we will release a full lenght album for the end of 2018, so stay tuned!

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