These guys, though, and formed his band in 2002, first reached Moscow. They became one of the first teams that showed the world the “new wave of Swedish flood”, along with bands like Hardcore Superstar, Babylon Bombs and Vains of Jenna. Musicians have always been crazy about heavy metal and hard rock scene of the 1980s, therefore, is focused on its sound, connecting it with current trends. Their main targets were the representatives of glam metal, like Def Leppard, Poison, Skid Row. After listening to them, they are, however, developed his own unique style. About him, prospects in the rock and the charm of retro-sounding “MK” talked with the leader of the group Danny REXONA.
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– Your music is strongly influenced by hard rock of the 1980s. Why is this genre from the past so appealing to you so far?
– I think mostly due to the fact that this is the kind of music where I was growing up. “Long-haired” metal anthems of the late 80’s and early 90-ies that I loved in my childhood, I love today. I don’t just listen, but also to seriously study the music of those days. Guitarists then were in the zone, competed, played faster or who can do the coolest riffs, the singers showed their talent to the maximum, and all in this genre – from musicians to producers and songwriters – were the real deal.
– Today, a return to the musical past becomes a trend, retro sound is becoming very popular, both for artists and listeners. Why do you think so?
For me it is natural, and I just feel that the sound of the 80-ies is still superior to the sound of hard rock / metal today. It’s really pleasant to listen to, and I think people are starting to realize that the 80s have an increasing impact not only on rock but also pop, dance music.
– Was there a way from small clubs to the big stage challenging for you? And that first of all helped to achieve success – luck or hard work?
– I wouldn’t say we’ve ever been super lucky, so I assume it’s still in hard work. To be honest, we had a lot of material that was difficult to advance: in a sense, we often worked in vain, speaking of the business, knew that some thing will not become commercially popular. In the end, I think that luck comes if to keep going towards your goal. You have to be ready to invest work and all your strength. Well, if you have talent and commitment, this helps.
– Do you prefer touring or working in the Studio?
I prefer Studio work, but one of the peculiarities of the way that you have to do different things all the time, alternate forms of work. When you record an album, you spend a lot of time writing songs and recording new material. Then when you get tired of doing that, you take a break. Then it comes time to get back into the Studio and start a new phase and you feel fresh and ready to change. Then when you are tired from long sessions, tired of hearing the same songs again and again, it’s time to start rehearsing live, and then to speak. Now we have a period of intense touring, we look forward to meeting with the Moscow public on 23 September in the club “Theatre” In General, all the time, and in fact all the parts work about the same interest. But if I had to choose one, it would be a Studio.
– How is the rock scene in Sweden? What genres are most popular in your country today, and does the underground scene?
– Objectively the rock scene in Sweden is developing now is not very good. Many groups who started with us in early 2000-ies, decayed, and despite the fact that regularly there are new teams, I don’t hear that they did something special. On the other hand, I don’t too closely follow new bands like they used to. So, maybe I’m wrong, and there are plenty of good bands that I just overlooked. I was much more active in the underground community before, but lately have lost all respect in this field. Of course, I hope that the underground will give us new names. The world needs more good rock bands.
– What ambitions do you have now and how they have changed since when you started?
– Changed, that’s for sure. In the beginning we wanted to be the biggest band in the world. But now we understand that this does not happen, we will not collect stadiums, but we have our own audience. So I’m personally happy with the way things are going. I release albums with my own music, people buy them and enjoy, and I can play live to the public in different places where I’ve never been before. Of course, you always have ambitions to become more popular to play on the biggest stages and sell more CDs, but if that happens, I’ll still be a happy man.