Hi! Tell me about your band and what kind of previous experience do you have as musicians?
Ho Bad Bones were formed in 2007, in the last 12 years we recorded 5 Albums and we toured around. Europe Russia and USA. Before putting together the band we had different experiences, Lele (drums) played with alternative rockers Mirsie, I performed for 5 tours as Nicko McBrain ( Iron Maiden) Bassplayer and with powermetallers White Skull, Max (singer) performed in big Musicals like Dracula and in several cover bands, Sergio (guitar) recorded an album with The Rocker with Simon Wright ( Dio – AC/DC) so we were pretty experienced
Why did you pick your band name? How did you form? Why did you decide to play the genre or genres you do?
Bad Bones … well in the very beginning I wrote the lyrics of a song entitled “Castaway” it was really personal, so Lele looked at me and said: “you are getting out all your skeleton hidden in your closet” and don’t know why I said “Bad Bones … that’s a cool name for a band !”
We play the music we love, hard-rock simple and rough, love the melodies and the electric vibes of that kind of music
What can you tell us about your latest record?
We are really happy with “High Rollers” it is an album full of energy and melody, I think it close an era started with “Snakes and Bones” our 2012 album and “Demolition Derby” from 2016. Pur sound has turned more refined album after album and I think we reached a great level with our last one, now it is time to change.
What the kind of album feedbacks are you waiting for?
We had great feedbacks lot of amazing reviews, the tour was great, so we are excited to start writing new material.
Are you gonna to make some world tour in the future? Do you think this is available for everybody option to tour around the globe? What do you think band have to do to get such opportunity?
Well played in US, Russia and alla around Europe, we have good connections, play in different country is an important experience for the band it helps the growth of every musician. It is not simple to plan because everybody as a job and families but, yeah it is possible to do it again.
Do you believe in heavy music scene without money?
This is a nonsense for me, if you really believe in what you do, you don’t need money, if you have passion and a focus, don’t need anything, when Iron Maiden or AC/DC were in the early days they didn’t have money, but they kept their vision and everything clicked. I know I’m a romantic but, hey, we are talking about art, harts and blood, that’s rock’n’roll.
What do you think about online music sharing? Do you ever give your music away for free? Why?
In 1996 Metallica were attacked by everyone for their strong position against Napster, they were right, nowadays music has lost value, there are millions of bands around and nobody that has the time/will to discover new music, young generation take a listen for 20 sec. of a song then they skip in to another, my generation listened to a full length album before to skip… this is the world of today.
Social media seems opened and democratic but it is just an illusion, they control everything, Orwell was right when he wrote 1984.
Who are your musical influences? Have you ever think your band could be so famous as your favorites?
No way we are an underground band, my favourite bands are Motörhead, Iron Maiden, Zztop, Whitesnake, Def Leppard, Van Halen, AC/DC, the Ramones. The only thing we are interested is to have fun writing music and tour, we don’t care to be famous.
Do you have a formal music education? Do you think it’s a Kind of important thing?
I’m a self thought musician, I think I’ve learned more playing a show in front of people than in a music school or taking private lessons, because the stage is my teacher as well my band mates. I had Nicko Mc Brain as band mate so… I had great teachers.
How do you balance your music with other obligations – mate, children, job?
Musician life is not easy but if your family supports you and you can manage it with work it is ok. I have a part time work, I play as hired gun in different bands earning good money and Bad Bones are part of the program, I’m Happy with my lifestyle.
How do you handle mistakes during a performance? Or you can assure there are no any mistakes during your gigs? Do you get nervous before a performance or a competition?
Mistakes are the salt of live music, there are classic live album with mistakes in it, so the Human factor is the real thing of you love rock music, I really don’t mind if I made a mistake, most important is the passion and the emotions that flows, when I’m on stage I feel free and happy, to play live is the best for me, I feel excited, it is a sense of challenge with myself, trying to give 200% of what I have to the people. That’s the meaning of rock.
What’s next? Thank you!
My dear friend and guitarist Mekk Borra joined again Bad Bones after 6 years, he founded the band with me in 2007 and he is an important part of this story, so we have this new line up with 2 guitars with Sergio and Mekk together and I’m so excited, we have a couple of shows in the next weeks so it will be great to start this new chapter directly on stage, then we will take a little rest and we will program the future as a five pieces band.
Thank you for the interview Rock on!