With so many cool bands out there to check out I offer you some minor guidance by introducing you to X-PLICIT. aNSWERS BY Giorgio “Ul Giurgìn” Annoni – Drums & Backing Vocals Anders Ekdahl ©2019

When the band came into creation what was the main purpose for it?
-To have sex with as many girls as possible, who’s not replying the same, is a liar! (Lol)

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 all grew up listening to hard rock, glam, sleaze from the 80’s and heavy / thrash / power metal… We choose to express ourselves playing hard rock just because in our mind, it would be easier to pick up the girls, but if you listen carefully to our songs you can find a little bit of everything I mentioned before.

I have no idea what kind of creative process you guys go through but how hard is it to record and release new songs?
-It is very hard because we all have our daili works and some of us have families to take care of, so having a time schedule that fits us, is the main issue!
Sometimes we can do some “sacrifice for the cause” but sometimes we can’t and things we could do in 1 month, we take 6 but at the end of the day no one is pushing us to do anything, so we just take our time.

Today technology allows you to record at home and release your music digitally. But in doing so is there a risk that you release only single songs because that is what is demanded to stay atop and therefore you end up killing the album for example?
-Well, right… looking around, it seems you have to release something every few months in order to keep the attention high on you, it means that the single you release today, it will be part of an album that now doesn’t exist yet, then you’ll find that song being part of the album for example 2 years later, already sounding old!
So I’m not a fan of this marketing strategy, but it doesn’t mean we won’t do anything in between…

I for one feel that the change in 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 music?
-Next question? (Kidding)
I honestly don’t know, we play music because we love to do it, if we were aiming to become rich and famous, we are definitely in the wrong decade and in the wrong place (lol)
We are not expecting anything, whatever it comes in, like good gigs, good merch selling, good reviews, etc. is a plus.
For the music biz I have no idea… I think the musicians will still play their music, at a certain point some of them will rise… somehow!

What kind of responses do you get to your music? What has been the thing that has gotten the most attention?
-We are thankful for all the good responses we had from all over the world! It was crazy! Most of them says (of course) we didn’t create anything new, but we made a pretty good hard rock album, sounding fresh and modern but keeping that feeling from the great band from the 80’s, great chorus, great guitar riffs and solos… this is pretty much what we wanna do, so I think we have nailed 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?
-Somehow we are kind of popular on instagram, but when we were young without social networks, our musical idols were unreachable, that’s why I go crazy like a teenager when some of the rockstars I respect, puts a “like” on a post or wish us happy birthday etc.
It’s also exciting to receive greetings from fans all over the world, it feels great to know someone on the other side of the globe appreciated what you did.

Does playing in a band make you feel like you are a part of a greater community? What has music brought with it that you would have otherwise missed out on?
-Yes it does… big time! Especially if you grow up in a musc scene where the guys of the other bands are actually your good friends! We would have missed out all the barbecues together (lol) friendships that goes beyond sharing the stage with, miles on the road, jokes, funny moments, why not some fight… and yes being on a stage in front of you is what is all this about, something we are addicted to… I can not imagine to live my life without all this!

What is the live scene like for you? Do you feel that playing live helps building a bigger following?
-The live scene here in italy is not a good one.
People wanna go out and singalong the songs they already know, so to play your own music generates a lack of interest.
In other countries things are different, recently we played for the 1st time in Germany, no one kwew us but they all were in front of the stage already before our show started…
I don’t know if it helps to build a bigger fanbase but I think so, plus we do it because we need to!

What plans do you have for the future?
-To end this bloody quarantine and get back on stage asap… new songs are on the way!

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