The Frixion – Interview
Interview with Gene Serene and Lloyd Price of The Frixion and Pete Devine of Pete’s Rock News and Views (http://petesrocknewsandviews.com)
PD: What type of artist are you?
GS : Essentially i think we are a Song based Electronic Pop Act.
LP : As Gene says, electro/dark pop with good songs at the heart of it.
PD: Tell us the brief history of yourself.
GS: We were both online late – both totally devastated by Prince’s untimely death. We were sharing our favourite tracks and videos of his work. Got chatting about music, Lloyd sent me a demo – i wrote a song on it and we’ve been doing it ever since!
PD: Who are your musical and non-musical influences?
GS So Hard. Mini Mansions have really been my favourite band the last few years, Like everyone i have loved Billie Eilish’s appearance in the musical world – she’s amazing live. both acts have beautifully crafted songs and amazing showmanship – mind glowingly so. In my teens i went to hundreds of gigs – it was the 80’s i religiously attended Cardiacs Shows – they were my first big Live experience and Love (saw Pink Floyd same year – their first show for a very long time that was awesome too), also saw Siouxie and the Banshees, The Cure, Ramones, Depeche Mode, Mudhoney all that Sub Pop, Butthole Surfers,Pixies, Polyphonic Spree the list of the gigs absolutely endless – amazing times. I loved Led Zeppelin, Hendrix, Ella, Falco, Beatles, Devo, Kraftwerk, all sorts. Never really got the acid house thing – that was for “casuals” and I was far more into what was coming out of Seattle. One day though i heard “Papa New Ginuea” by the future sound of London and I knew the world of music had changed it changed my life overnight – Thats when i got really into dance music in a big way, i knew then i wanted to sing songs on Dance music. I loved Clot, Theatre of Disco and those electroclash years were great fun packed full of great talent… i wont go on thats quite enough already
Non Musical i have another long list of fine artists, writers and philanthropists and occultists, Nikolai Tesla, Hilma af Klimt, D. Fortune, Manly P Hall, Regardie, Beardsley ad infinitum – really its another absolutely endless list – the world is just jam packed full of phenomenal beings, visionaries, creatives and characters.
LP I grew up in a house with lots of really great music. Stevie Wonder, The Beatles, Motown, Ska… It was just always on. I love funk music. I also love electro and that probably came from hearing Kraftwerk and Gary Numan in the early 80’s.
I must’ve been a “Casual” as i loved early Acid House. Sterling Void, Frankie Knuckles, Tyree Cooper, Mr. Fingers… When those tracks came on in a club it was like we’d been propelled into the future.
Non musical influences? My parents.
PD: What are your dreams and goals?
GS To Live Life Well, Be a Good Mother, Keep Vital. In my music, i will be happy to get out there , reach the audience, help people enjoy themselves, make people feel and think a little. See New Places – Obviously when you make music you want people to connect to that and to form a community …
LP : To get off the rat run. I’m nearly there. And to see this project get to where it should be.
PD: Who writes your songs, what are they about?
GS Though i am a musician as well as singer, Lloyd’s the one who produces the music in this project, I tend to write the songs – lyrics and melody – then we argy bargy about the arrangements, mixes, instrumentation etc till its right. Living in different countries we do a whole heap of sending files back and forth.
PD: How do you promote your band and shows?
GS Not particularly well !! We are lucky to have the support of our label Analogue Trash and the fans of what we do, we use social media generally to let people know where we are at and people tend to hear of us from one another or from hearing our music on radio or podcasts etc. We aren’t one of these stylised manufactured bands with huge sums of money behind us – we are part of the Analogue Trash collective and have some wonderful support from people who love what we do.
LP: We definitely need to sell ourselves more. We are a little lazy on the self promotion thing. I find it daunting sometimes with all of the social channels. People tagging you left, right and centre. I feel we probably miss a lot of people that have played us. Apologies now, it’s not arrogance. It’s just my head doesn’t keep up with it all!
PD: What do you think about downloading music online?
GS It happens, sometimes people pay for it, sometimes they don’t. In the end music isn’t an easy game and its not something you do for any other reason than you have it in you bones, blood and spirit and cant stop i reckon.
LP: Do people download much these days? It’s the whole streaming thing now really isn’t it. The 0.0004 pence per play world of Spotify…. Those guys have a lot to answer for. We release everything through Bandcamp. I like it. It works for the artist. People should definitely visit our Bandcamp page. Today. 😉
PD: What song do you wish you’d written and why?
GS – OH man…. thats too much
LP – Ooh blimey. There’s a lot of great music. I don’t have a favourite song. I have a few thousand I love! If I was to nail it down to one…. nah, can’t do it.
PD: What are some of your pet peeves?
GS like my mum putting the ginger biscuits in with the others so they all taste like ginger when i was a kid?
a lot of British singers “go american” when they sing – that irritates me – and dolly does all that so much better.
People “automating” my vocal or auto tuning – having played baroque violin and belle canto for 7 years as a youth, i am not in the habit of singing out of tune – sure i choose very close harmonies which i love – some don’t and they retune them. If its good – cool, but the majority of the time its not. Tim Dorneys the exception there – i let him.
LP – My pet peeves? When Gene makes me remove the autotune.
PD: What is your proudest moment in music?
GS Now. I really wouldn’t know what else to say. I have many memorable anecdotes and compositions – met and worked with some great artists over the years but it really feels everything been leading up to this so i say my proudest moment is right here right now
LP: Definitely this project at this moment in time. After a spell of absolute hell in both our lives we have come back and produced what I think is one of our best tracks ever in ‘To Hell and Back’.
PD: So what are you working on at the moment?
GS We are getting ready to release the first single and title track of the album “To Hell And Back”, then the second single and video for “Cry Cry Cry” – The albums out in a couple of months form now – Thats exciting – so we are mastering tweaking and preening that really
LP The 2 new singles are some of our favourite work for me. It puts the final sheen on what was always going to be a gorgeous album. I can’t wait to be able to hear it on vinyl!!!!
PD: What music have you available online and where can we buy it from?
We have a bandcamp page which is nice because it’s direct and has all our merch. Its also available from the Analogue Trash site too and All the usual places really – iTunes, spotify, tidal… you can find us on pretty much all the music platforms.
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