RGM INTRODUCING – WE INTERVIEW LONDON ARTIST XY GALA
What made you decide that music is a thing for you?
Music has been a huge part of me from early in my life. I started discovering Kiss, Billy Idol, Alan Parson Project, and Queen when I was about 6 years old thanks to my mom. Then to cut it short, I’ve started to play drums in bands, got a degree in Music Performance, and finally started my solo project.
Introduce us to your solo project.
I used to be a drummer who loved to write music and after failing to find the right musicians to form a band for years, I’ve started Xy Gala.
I think that every songwriter should sing their own songs, and that’s why I pushed myself to do so. Xy Gala is an original Hip-hop project with Rock influences.
With Xy, I wanna share my emotions, and my views with the listeners, under a music form.
What was life like for you before music?
Before music, when I was a kid/teen I wanted to become a footballer, then I moved to boxing and now I am here.
What was the first song you heard that steered you into a music path?
Blinded in Chains by Avenged Sevenfold. After listening to it, I wanted to become a drummer. Thanks to The Rev!
Where do you feel you currently sit within the music industry?
I am still an emergent artist with many ideas and knowledge however music doesn’t pay for my bills yet, unfortunately. The goal is to keep having fun and eventually start paying some bills with my music.
What’s the biggest thing you have learned from someone else in the industry?
Many things, impossible to choose only one. The most important thing is listening to everyone respectfully and understanding if what they are explaining can benefit you or not.
Tell us Two truths and a lie about you.
I am from Rome, I love MMA and I am rich.
You decide what is true and what’s not, ahahah.
If you could wish for one thing to aid your career what would it be?
I would wish for boundless creativity to propel my career forward.
Do you ever worry about people taking things the wrong way or cancel culture?
I worry about the modern society. Back in the 90’s and before the advent of the internet everything was better, everyone had more common sense. I am for the freedom of speech as long as you respect everyone. However, nowadays everyone gets offended too easily. I miss the 90’s!
Do you sign up for any conspiracy theories? If not why not?
I don’t. I believe that the governments use the media to divert the attention of the masses but that’s about it.
Apart from the above sentence and the UFO I don’t believe in anything else more or less.
What was the worst experience on stage?
Next question! I’m just kidding, I didn’t have any bad experience on stage, yet….
Tell us something about you that you think people would be surprised about.
If you exclude alcohol, I never used any drug in my life. Nothing at all, not even a joint.
What makes you stand out as an artist?
I believe in my style. I have plenty of influences that make my style a unique blend. Listen to my latest release True Story (Full of Lies) and you will understand what I mean. I put my soul and heart into my songs and I hope this is reflecting with the audience.
I hear you have new music, what can you tell us about it.
I wrote this song just after becoming a father for the first time, and my brain was a roller-coaster of emotions. I can tell you that the song is a reflection of my style and exactly what I wanted to achieve sonically. To me, it sounds like a Hip-hop song with a Rock soul and it’s the best song I’ve recorded so far!
What was the recording process like?
I always meet up with my friend and former Uni buddy Valentin, who is my recording and mixing engineer. We usually have a meeting before recording the vocals, in where I show him the project of the song, the lyrics and story behind. Then we have a chat to exchange some ideas. He records the guitars and the bass, and finally when the instrumental track is ready, I record the vocals. Then he mixes the track and he send it to the mastering engineer Charlie.
What was the biggest learning curve in writing the new tune?
Every song comes from a different story. My songwriting goes along with my creativity. I know that in some periods I am more creative and I have a lot of ideas and I make the most out of them. I learned to write music when I feel that is worth it and not just to add another track on Spotify.
Would you change anything now it’s finished?
Nope. Changing something would destroy the emotions that I pour into it during the writing and recording process.
Is there anything else you would like to share with the world?
I am looking forward to playing more live shows, let’s see what the music industry has to offer!