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Interview with Monkey Intrusion
What got you into music, and if you had not gotten into music what would you be doing today?
Hi folks, first of all I will introduce myself.. I am Marco Plesnicar the bass player of Monkey Intrusion.
Well, music was always a part of my life coming from a family musically driven.. Mostly applies to every other member of the band.
Can’t tell about the others but I would be working in a local TV as cameramen if music wouldn't work out.
What do you like to do when you are not playing music and how does that influence your creativity?
I really love to read books and watch movies.. as well as hanging around with friends in the local pub. We think we are a sort of troubadours as a band so the spare time has got a great influence in our music.
How long has your band been around?
It’s been a long project having had different lineups and different goals.. but in the end we started to conjure up something we could all come together. Let’s say that Vincenzo and I had the first garage band together back in school.. this actual project with Enrico on voice and guitars and Marco on drums is up and running for a couple of years.
Where are you based out of and how did that influence your music?
We all come from Trieste, Italy, at the very edge on the border with Slovenia. The scene here is heavily influenced by blues/rock n blues music.. And yes, it’s got some influence on our own music but at the same time those boundaries feel too tight so we tried to move into other ways to express feelings..
How did you come up with the name of your band and what does it mean to you?
That’s funny! Vincenzo came back from a trip in Singapore where he read a warning in his hotel room stating that you should keep the doors shut due to monkey intrusion.. That was mind blowing! We all had that vision of musical monkeys intruding into the listeners minds!
Tell me about your most memorable shows.
Shouldn’t really talk about that! Let’s say that our favorite venue has been shut down because we were too loud!
What is your favorite venue to play at, and do you have any places you want to play that you have not already?
Unfortunately as I said the best place in town has been shut down! One of the main goals would be to play in Vienna at Flex which is a prominent club and where we had a great time discovering great bands!
Hi If you could play any show with any lineup, who would be on the ticket?
Wow, hell of a question.. on drums I would keep Phil Collins.. main vocals definitely Chris Cornell.. the two guitars would be Jimmy Page and Rory Gallagher.. on bass Flea.. what a show!
What is some advice that you would give to someone who is just getting into playing in a band and some advice that you would give to your younger self?
Probably not so different.. keep on playing as much as you can! Do not give up! But again spend as much time as you can on your instrument. Also look around for good people to play with.. don’t mind if they’re not the most skilled, do mind if they will share a vision.
If you could go back in time and give yourselves advice, what would it be?
Believe in yourself.. listen just to people that feel the music instead of those who are scared of new proposition.. believe!
Of your songs which one means the most to you and why?
I hope the rest of the band will forgive me but on this one I’ve got to say Hard Times. It’s yet to be released. I wrote it when I was in really troubled times so it means really a lot to me.
Which songs are your favorite to play and which get requested the most?
I’d say that Bad Love, another one that is yet to be released, is one of the best to be played live.. it’s got so many nuances that makes it a fantastic song to be played. The Brighter Side, which is our first single, is the most requested.. energy is quiet contagious and it’s also a fantastic song to play live!
What is the creative process for the band, and what inspires you to write your music?
Luckily there are four minds writing music. So the path is almost simple.. somebody comes up with a song, plays it to the others and then it all begins.. everyone is a part of the project, adding with his own instrument to the original idea. Inspiration though is very personal and unpredictable.. but it has to be strong enough to pick up some instrument and develop it into something that can be shared.
What kinds of messages do you like to get across in your music?
I don’t know if we can talk about actual messages. Usually we write about mankind condition and its uncertainties. Probably describing our own doubts and weaknesses and just trying to share.
Do you ever have disagreements in your band, and how do you get past them?
Yeah sure! As in any family you have your disagreements! And as in any family you go over with respect and love.
What are your plans for the future, and do you have anything that you want to spotlight that is coming up?
We really hope we will have a chance to perform touring all over Europe.. trying to intrude into many listeners minds! Also look out next September for our full album release!