Italian metal band EXILIA talk to us about staying true to yourself & supporting independent artists
We are EXILIA, a distinctive female alternative metal band hailing from the dynamic heart of Milan, Italy. Our music is an amalgamation of diverse influences, infused with profound lyrics, resulting in a truly unique sonic experience.
Tell us about your latest album or single:
Our recent album, "Heroes and Dust," marks an exciting new chapter in our musical journey. The evolution of our sound is evident as it encapsulates years of growth. The album boasts dynamic fast beats, captivating vocal melodies, and intricate guitar lines across 12 compelling songs. These tracks delve into themes of empowerment, responsibility, and connection, reflecting our evolution as both artists and individuals.
Which song would you say sums up your sound the best?
"FEEL THE FIRE" is undoubtedly the epitome of our sound. This track adeptly balances vigorous verses with a melodious chorus, epitomizing the raw energy and emotional depth that define our music.
Describe your music in a few words:
Unconventional, Energetic, empowering, and melodically engaging.
Who have your biggest influences been?
Our inspirations are wide-ranging, encompassing artists such as Korn, Metallica, Bjork, and Muse. This eclectic blend has played a pivotal role in shaping our unique musical identity.
How did you get into music?
Our journey into music was ignited in 2000 by our shared fervor for alternative metal. Since then, we've poured our passion into crafting music, delivering live performances, and actively engaging with the music scene. It's more than a mere passion; it's our way of life.
What is the creative process like for you when making music?
Our creative process is a vibrant collaboration. It usually commences with a musical spark or a resonating theme. From there, we nurture the idea, experimenting with diverse sounds and arrangements until the song takes its final form. Be it a riff or a vocal melody, we shape the song's structure in our rehearsal room or personal studio.
What do you think would be the coolest collaboration project between you and another artist?
A collaboration with an artist from a radically different genre and perspective would be immensely thrilling. Such a partnership could lead to a fusion of styles that boldly pushes our music's boundaries. Collaborating with icons like Travis Barker or Bjork would be an absolute dream.
Please tell us a random fact about yourself:
Beyond music, we also run a music school in Milan, deeply committed to nurturing musical education. Additionally, our frontwoman is a fervent animal lover, actively championing animal welfare initiatives.
What is the best advice you’ve been given?
"Stay true to yourselves and your music." This sage advice has been our guiding principle throughout our journey. It reminds us to embrace authenticity and remain steadfast in our artistic vision. Our disdain for pretense and clones reaffirms our belief in real, genuine expressions.
If you could change anything about the industry, what would it be?
We'd love to see more support and fair compensation for emerging independent musicians. The music industry can be tough to navigate, especially for newcomers, so more opportunities and recognition would be a positive change.
We're continuously working on new music and evolving our sound. Our 20th-anniversary celebrations of our masterpiece “Unleashed” are on the horizon, featuring special collaborations and exciting live dates.
Please add any socials so we can share:
You can stay connected with us on Instagram (@exiliamusic)
visit our website www.exiliamusic.com.
Follow us for updates, music releases, and a closer look into our music.
Thank you for your time,