XS ROCK: Tell me about the latest band news? Any new projects coming out, live shows or announcements?
Robert: Well. We are coming out with our first Album “Vengeance of Blackbeard”, through Pavement music. For Us is the first release, after years of concerts. We are really proud of this and proud of the opportunity that pavement grants us. This album is something new that comes from the past. Metal bluesy riffs on hard drums, with a lot of influences. Unfortunately, all our plans for touring are gone this year cause COVID. But as the art of war teaches, we have to model us, how the water models itself to the shapes of the things. So I think I’ll aim all on the web.
XS ROCK: So how long has the band been together?
Robert: I formed this band in 2014. After 3 months, we started to play live steadily in clubs, festivals, and underground scenes, changing the line up several times. For this reason and other reasons, this album has waited. But time can wait.
XS ROCK: What was your main motivation for originally starting or being in a band?
Robert: I don’t know. I mean: I do this since so far. I sing since nursery school, I write lyrics since ’92, and I always write music, or If I’m not writing music, I draw or I paint or I build something. It’s something that comes from inside. And for me, it’s the only way that I know to communicate what I feel. I always wanted to be a part of a crossover band during early 2000. but with time I change myself and now I play what I want with my band.
XS ROCK: What is your music background?
Robert: I always had projects that lead to nothing. Then I’ve sung in a local metal band for 7 years, Then I quit and I formed my personal band “Old Roger’s Revenge”. In my youth, I was listening to Metallica from the room of my brothers. I have absorbed them for osmosis. I’m grown up during the ’90 in front of MTV. But I like to listen to Delta blues, classic Rock ‘n roll from ’50, I like funk and psychedelic rock from ’70, without named the bigs of all these ages. So all these genres of music and others formed me into what I play. I think all the 1900 music is my background.
XS ROCK: What image do you think your music conveys?
Robert: I think we are a classic that never dies. But in a modern key. Many people told me that we are the compromise to extreme music and not extreme music. Other people told me that our music reminds them of the rock bands of the ’70 as an approach but heavier. I blend more genres of metal, but simply for me, we play metal.
XS ROCK: What are your current music career goals?
Robert: Basically they change month after month. I mean: at the beginning, I wanted to try to write good music, record a good Album, do promotion, live concerts, and repeat. But today all the cards are been changed on the table. Because with this shit of COVID, we have the never-ending story. The only thing that I can do today, is to bring my ass at home save. Maybe tomorrow, I’ll come back to bang my head on the stages.
XS ROCK: Which do you prefer? Writing new songs and recording or playing for a live audience?
Robert: Both. Maybe I don’t like to recording because I’m never satisfied at 100% and I record again until I’m near to the expression that I wanted to communicate. This for me it’s important.
And everybody puts on me haste. To write is my mystical part, which is where I grave something from abstract to concrete. Play for an audience is a representation of what I want to communicate.
XS ROCK: What are your songs’ lyrics about? (What specific themes do they cover?)
Robert: They talk about freedom, they talk about the human being, they talk about to emancipate himself from social stereotypes. They talk about breaking free from the chains of an oppressive system. The intensive exploitation of nature. They talk about thinking with our heads. About isolation, about courage, about death. All in a pirate key through a maritime metaphor. Because we live in an ancient city of the port, we had piracy, piracy represents a freedom lifestyle, the sea is understood as a path of life, and be a pirate it’s fucking rock ‘n roll.
XS ROCK: What is the single most important thing to you as a musician?
Robert: To excite the people.
XS ROCK: Do you have any outrageous tour stories from the road? If so, please fill us in.
Robert: I have tons of stories. from when I woke up over the national border after a show covered of bruises without knowing why. Because I was swoon after the show. One time, our ex bass player has lost his tooth falling from a stage. the same night I brought home Andrea, I started to sleep, he sited on a chair, a few minutes later he fell by the chair over the windows of the garden. Blood all around the room, his girlfriend was screaming for the scene while I was sleeping. (1 month stop) Then concerts again, I’m broken elbow and shoulder. Surgery and another month no shows. Then I was taken punches on the broken bones by my ex-girlfriend a few weeks out of the surgery 5 days before our show. A few months later, a girl was screaming to me with middle fingers up ” fuck you! you! and your shitty music!” just under the stage. Then she waited for me in the backstage to give me slaps in the face while the rest of the band was laughing. I left the zone. she was found swooned on the grass, police, ambulance, festival stopped. Surgery again to remove the iron plates, I open my eyes, take my smartphone and the same girl posted black crows and voodoo dolls under my photos on my band profile Facebook. the nightmare has come back. One year later, we played for a famous Slovenian’s sound engineer, The show was amazing, but he was found dead in his home 5 hours later. (RIP Itzko ) Last summer we are been kicked out of a club after our concert, but not for our fault. The driver was too drunk to breathe, everybody has chosen me as a driver with the drunk driver as the copilot. He did say turn left. We bent three cars in a crash. Talk with police, I did say that the owner of the car is the girlfriend of our guitarist, she hates me and I prefer going to jail rather than face off she. I’ve only signed a road ticket. This and other things happen, we like to party, but maybe we are dangerous. I’m a quiet person, I don’t like the troubles, but the troubles like me.
XS ROCK: What’s the strangest request that you’ve ever received from one of your fans?
Robert: Generally, they do a lot of compliments. One day I had a BJ in the backstage. A girl one night told me that my growl makes her pussy wet. But I think it is ordinary.
XS ROCK: Are your friends and family supportive of your choice to play in a rock band?
Robert: Unfortunately, I have no more family, but they were proud of me in every case. My friends are happy when I Play.
XS ROCK: What advice do you have for new bands trying to get started?
Robert: What can I say: be honest always. be on the same page, focus on common goals, learn from the bigs and from the losers, avoid persons to try to drag you down, first. Think like a manager, plays with heart. Listen to your music from the outside, as if you can be your audience. Don’t be stupid with money, drugs, and love. Do practice always, and prepare yourself to don’t have a life anymore.
XS ROCK: What are your favorite tracks to play live?
Robert: I like a little bit all because I pass from a kind of voice to another one, or from a kind of music to a cadenced ending. every song is different from the others.
XS ROCK: Which band or artist inspired you to perform? Why?
Robert: Pantera. Because they were wild, powerful, and direct. with a lot of attitude..
XS ROCK: If you could design a dream tour for your band, who would be on the bill?
Robert: I don’t know. At this moment I could say Orange Goblin, Grand Magus, Down, and ZZ Top Headliner.
XS ROCK: What do you consider your greatest accomplishment so far?
Robert: To have finished the album, and still be alive. it’s a long way to the top if you wanna rock ‘n roll.
XS ROCK: If you weren’t performing in a band what kind of career do you think you would have?
Robert: Being a rich non-worker. I have my job, I’m motorbikes mechanic and I build cafe-racer bikes too. Because I do music for passion, but I fix motorbikes for passion too. So I have motors and rock ‘n roll, my life is my passions 🙂 I can consider myself lucky 😉
XS ROCK: What type of equipment do you use for live shows?
Robert: Usually, a Shure microphone sm58beta A and sometimes in-ear monitors Shure. Ampeg bass amplifier head. Andrea: Gibson Les Paul guitar and an orange amplifier head.
XS ROCK: What do you think of the current music scene?
Robert: Great question: I think it is the chaos, or not. In my opinion, in my area, I can see festivals that can pay only the headliner, and a lot of bands play for free. Organize a Festival has costs, to move has cost. I think the high-level bands have fewer problems, but middle low-level bands; or they are super professional, or economics speaking it’s hard to emerge. There is a lucky factor too.
In my city, I’m always at every concert that plays rock at a big festival or a small club. Because I love music. But many people, never come out from their homes to support the scene or simply to going to a concert. Most of them are musicians, and then they ask to play around. This is how to kill the music clubs.
XS ROCK: For anyone that doesn’t know you, what would they be surprised to know about you?
Robert: I’m sorry, I don’t know. I’m writing this interview on the day of my birthday, and now its 3 Am.
XS ROCK: Is there anything that you’d like to promote or say to your fans out there?
Robert: If you like us, please support us and support us on social media, write us a comment or whatever you want. We are a community.
XS ROCK: Thanks again for taking the time to talk with us at XS ROCK!
Robert: Thanks to you for the opportunity XS ROCK. I hope we will meet again, and I hope you will hear from us.
Willer Hz – Live Bass guitar
Andy Knife – Guitars
Jolly Six Robert – Vocals