Maximum Rock'n'roll

The following interview with Marco of Negazione was conducted by Tim Yo, Martin Spro and Winni the Po (editor of Germany's Nasty Facts zine and former singer of Tu Do Hospital)

MRR: Are you satisfied with the progress of the band?

M: Yeah. I think it's something that's still coming along, meaning that at any given momentwe are not so satisfied with what we are doing - we are always wanting to do something more. What's most important to us is just keep's the band attitude alive, that's there something special goin on between us. That can be a record, a tour, or another kind of expression that a band can have. We're always looking for something more, not to just have a lots of records sold or a lot of people at our shows - that typical kind of rock'n'roll success outlook. We are goin for the best way to go on together, try to interact together as a bunch of friends, and then to as a hardcore band. Hardcore is... the kind of music we are playing - even if we don't especially like labels - meaning that's our best way of expression.

MRR: What do you think the motivating force in the band?

M: What has been important to us from the beginning has been the idea of 4 individuals growing into a band, not just an image of a band that's labelled as a "hardcore punk band" or a "political band" or a "fun band". We always strived for our personal way of being a band and enstablish good communication, first between ourselves as friends, and then at looking forward to meeting lots of people, touring and goin on. After a while we recognized we had all this ideas in common enthusiasm for self management. Yes, I think communication is the motivation for us. We are not just concerned with being a musical band, but want something more. And this is why that when we tour we try to take care of where we play and what is goin on there - try not to play at shitty discos, etc and to have some control over door prices and who we play with. We especially try to support the alternative scene - we try to work with friends, not just with 'promoters' or businessmen. We altogether can make this scene be alive. Too many bands just use the alternative scene as a way to get bigger and more famous so they can sign to a major label. We need a deeper involvement in the scene, not just being musicians or consumers.