Chain D.L.K.: Hello! Max, wassup? Tell us about yourself. How did you start playing music, what projects have you accomplished, and how did you get into Noisefree?
Noisefree: I got into music when I was 7. I went to a classical concert and I fell in love with violin, which I’ve played for three years. Later on when I was 16, I heard Appetite for Destruction by Guns N’ Roses and I started to play guitar and take vocal lessons. After many experiences in cover bands, I got into my personal project named Life’s a Bitch, which I took to San Diego, CA, in 1998 for only one live show (I guess you remember this..). When I got back to Italy in 1999, I met my old-time friend Alien, we started to jam and record a bunch of ideas, that later on would be called noiseFree.
Chain D.L.K.: Introduce your fellow musicians! Who is in the band? Any nice things to say about them?
Noisefree: Last year we had many changes in the line-up: Alien (now Dr.Alien) left the project, while Alex (on bass), Emmeix (on guitars), and Pie (on drums) joined the band. After many live shows with this line-up we’re now looking for a new drummer since Pie just left. Emmeix always knows how to work things out and repairs almost anything, while Alex is the nice shy guy behind the bass. Pie has been a friend; it’ll be hard to replace him.
Chain D.L.K.: How would you define your sound? Any influences?
Noisefree: Really hard to define it, I usually call it Electro-Pop-Rock-Noise, because there’s a bit of each style I’ve just mentioned melted together in our songs. I’ve grown up with rock’n’roll of all kinds and years, so you can definitely hear it in our music. There’s also my love for electronic music, and my vocal studies in soul and rhythm’n’blues that make the rest. I’ve been listening to almost any kind of music, so I definitely have many influences. I would say Bruce Springsteen, Guns n’Roses, and Radiohead over all.
Chain D.L.K.: Do you have projects for the future, new albums, tours, ideas?
Noisefree: In 2004 we’ve signed a contract with an independent label for which we’ve recorded the EP Ruggine and our first LP Rock. Unfortunately the label went bankrupt and ended up all contracts a few months ago. So the main project for 2005 is definitely to publish the LP somehow and get distribution for the EP. Lately we’ve gotten some nice reviews of the EP, and we’re participating at the contest Rock Targato Italia, a big Italian one. We’ll also having some promotion going on on magazines and radios.
Chain D.L.K.: Why is Noisefree all in Italian? Have you ever thought of other languages?
Noisefree: When I wrote the first lyrics for noiseFree, I decided to go with Italian, my main language; since I’ve always wrote in English, it was a sort of challenge. Obviously all the songs have English lyrics as well, and soon I’ll go back in studio to record the English versions. Actually in the EP we’ve included the only song I’ve already recorded in English, Colors (revisited from Life’s a Bitch project).
Chain D.L.K.: How is the Italian music scene, do you feel part of it? What do you like and dislike about it?
Noisefree: The Italian music scene is really young– meaning the independent one; it’s just a few years that we have had one that you can call independent, because the main mussic market didn’t pay attention at all to it until a few indie labels made some money with a few new bands. I guess that in a few years from now it will grow up, but there’s a lot of work to do. I don’t really feel part of it, since it’s made of a few strict genres and I don’t really fit in categories usually. One thing I like: that there’s a lot to do. One thing I don’t: it’s often hard to do it.
Chain D.L.K.: How do you like Italy as a country? Are you happy to be there or would you rather be somewhere else?
Noisefree: Italy is a wonderful country to visit, but really not to live. Its economy is not having a nice period while music is changing globally, so it’s hard to be a musician in Italy and make a living out of it. I’m quite happy to be in this country because of my family, friends, and my band, but I definitely would like to come back to California, especially for the music scene there. Maybe in the future noiseFree will be able to come there for a small tour…
Chain D.L.K.: If you were condemned to go on a desert island and you could bring only one thing what would you bring?
Noisefree: Without a doubt, a laptop PC with a satellite connection. I couldn’t live without Internet and the PC. I do almost anything on it, starting from noiseFree’s work.
Chain D.L.K.: But why did you get this nickname Max “Bitch”??? We are curious to know how you got it!
Noisefree: It comes from the name of my old project Life’s a Bitch, and I’ve use it for a long time becoming actually The Bitch, especially in California. It was a sort of lifestyle playing between rock’n’roll and sex…
Chain D.L.K.: Any message for our readers?
Noisefree: Check out our website www.noisefree.it, listen to our music, read our bio, reviews, live shows. And if you’d like to contact us write to firstname.lastname@example.org. Last but not least.. Rock’n’Roll!!
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[interviewed by Ant and Maren] [proofreading by Ant]