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Tileyard London in Conversation with: Daxx & Roxane

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Following their album launch on Friday 8th May, we caught up with Swiss rock ‘n’ roll band Daxx & Roxane to find out more about their new music and what’s in the pipeline for the remainder of 2020.

For those who don’t know you, can you introduce yourselves?

We are Daxx & Roxane, a four piece rock ‘n’ roll band originating from Switzerland, now based in London.

What’s the story behind the name of the band?

All four of us have known each other for a very long time. We wanted an original name which sort of represented our longtime friendship. When we were kids, Cal, one of the guitarists, had two pet rats that we loved. Their names were Daxx and Roxane.

Who are your biggest influences?

It started with Thrash Metal to Heavy Metal like early Metallica, Anthrax and Iron Maiden. Then we started listening to some Classic Rock. Now our main influences are Led Zeppelin, Deep Purple, Krokus, AC/DC, Mötley Crüe and many more…

Congratulations on your new album. Tell us more about the Kickstarter campaign that you set up to help fund the project.

Thank you very much! It has been three years since we released our first album “Ticket to Rock” and we really wanted a follow-up! 2019 has been quite a difficult year for all of us personally. With the band it felt like we were constantly facing obstacles and things were not moving forward. We also parted ways with our management team and started to manage the band ourselves. We didn’t have any funds so we needed to find a way to raise money, so that we could create this album from scratch. We gave ourselves a kick in the ass and sat down together to establish a 6-month plan and set up a crowdfunding campaign. We worked really hard on promoting the band online to gain some exposure and managed to reach our target in less than a month! We were blown away by the response and until this day we are extremely thankful to all of our fans, friends and family for the amazing support that they’ve been giving us so far! You guys absolutely Rock!

What was the song writing process like for the album?

Usually it starts with a riff. We start jamming until everyone’s happy with the vibe. We always wrote the lyrics afterward… On this album we wanted to have a different approach. With most songs, we tried to find a chorus first, with a theme or a title and then built around it. We changed our methods because we found it easier to write this way. We had a lot of work in progress, but to be honest we had almost no song finished and ready when we started planning the album. Everything was really put together in the two months prior to the recording, writing together in our studio and working on the songs with our producer Colin Parkinson (ex. Inglorious).

How does it differ from your other album ‘Ticket to Rock’?

We wanted this record to be a step up from our previous one in every aspect. We worked on the sound a lot – our live shows are very energetic, we move a lot and have a powerful sound. We wanted this to reflect on the recording and tried to capture the live energy we have on the album. The songs probably are deeper and more mature. While ‘Ticket To Rock’ was really about party and fun, this new album is more personal and reflects us and things that happened to us over the last three years.

How did you YouTube online album release party go?

It was a bit of a challenge to release an album in our current circumstances but we still wanted to make it special. It was basically a party in your living room! We streamed the whole album with cool footage from the studio and from the road while answering any questions directly online to our fans and newcomers. We talked about how we recorded our tracks, their backstories, the studio sessions etc. You can watch back the online release party on our YouTube channel.

Once things return to normal, we will organise a proper album launch party. It’s gonna be free entry with limited access so be sure to follow us on our socials to know the date!

The artwork for all your releases are awesome. Is one of you a secret designer or do you outsource this?

It’s always been difficult to decide on an artwork. It’s an important part of the album and that needs to represent the band too. The more people get involved, the more different opinions get in the way as well. So on this occasion, since it’s a self-titled album and kind of a reset button for us, we wanted to make sure that this artwork would define us and what Daxx & Roxane is. Our aim was to show our passion and energy on the cover, so we got the idea of blending some live pictures from our amazing photographer Kriz-P and create an artwork from that. We found a really cool designer named Aaron Gardner and sent him a couple of pictures. What you see right now its the final result and we are extremely happy with it!

How does the UK’s Rock scene compare to the Swiss scene right now?

To be honest, we don’t really know that much about the scene in Switzerland right now, but the UK is a bigger country so there is much more going on. There is also a different culture with pubs and venues that are really missing in Switzerland. When we moved to London we started playing 2-3 shows a week, back home we were lucky to play once a month. In Switzerland, there is an amazing festival season in the summer, with incredible festivals all over the country, but it is difficult to get there if you’re not already on a certain level.

Imagine you were playing the middle slot in the gig of your dreams next week, who would you be supporting and who would be opening for you? Where would you be playing? 

A support for Krokus, Guns’n’Roses or Mötley Crüe!! That would be sick haha! But on a more serious note, we would be extremely happy to be supporting new emerging rock bands like Tyler Bryant & the Shakedown, The Struts, Greta Van Fleet, Reignwolf, Massive Wagons etc… and opening for us, Mongrel Dogs of course!

Highlight of your band career so far?

It would have to be our first show in our hometown Montreux where we played the 50th anniversary of the jazz festival. Also opening for the band “HIM” at The Roundhouse in Camden. Those two are definitely at the top of the list.

Go-to Spotify playlist at the moment?

Difficult to say, we tend to make our own playlists. Or look for a playlist on the moment but not necessarily listen to the same playlist all the time. But a great one to stay up to date with the current rock scene, particularly in the UK, would be ‘NWOCR & Friends – New Wave Of Classic Rock‘ on Spotify.

Any exciting plans for the remainder of 2020? 

At the moment we are trying to reschedule the remaining dates from our tour which were canceled early March. We also had to cancel a tour in Spain in May which we are trying to re-schedule for October. We still have quite a few great festivals later in the summer and for the rest of the year, so we keep our fingers crossed that they can go ahead. And as mentioned before, as soon as we are allowed, we’ll be putting together a crazy release show to celebrate our new album in style!

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