Interviewed by Brian Rademacher
Date: February 2007
Brian Rademacher: Hello Danny and welcome to Rockeyez.com
Danny: Thanx a lot, it’s always fun to do an interview.
Brian Rademacher: What was the name of the first garage band you were in that just played around in your basement?
Danny: We never had a basement so I didn’t really go that way. The first band I played in was VANITY DIES HARD and when I joined (mostly ‘cause my brother played there and they needed a bass player) they had already done a couple of shows, recorded some material and had their own rehearsal room. Until I joined VANITY, I mostly played guitar, bass and piano in my room and I never regret that I practiced on those instruments long before I started with a band; I’d recommend it to anyone.
Brian Rademacher: Was CRUCIBLE the first band you were in that recorded material?
Danny: Well, no. First of all CRUCIBLE was actually formed at the same time as CRAZY LIXX (even a month or so later) and was meant to be a side-project for me. Both Luke and I played guitar in CRUCIBLE but at the same time I was the singer of CRAZY LIXX and when CRUCIBLE ceased to be and we needed a new bass player, we got Luke from CRUCIBLE.
Brian Rademacher: Why did that band break up?
Danny: For me, that band never really mattered that much and I only played in it because I wanted to keep up the guitar-playing after I stopped playing guitar in CRAZY LIXX (yes, until the first demo: ‘ CRAZY LIXX: 2003,I played the guitar in CRAZY LIXX as well). The main reasons that CRUCIBLE broke up was that we had trouble finding members, especially a drummer, and finally our lead singer got tired and moved to Stockholm to find a new band, and that was that.
Brian Rademacher: As a child, do you remember the first record you got and the first concert you attended?
Danny: Let me see... The first concert I attended to I remember clearly. It was BAD RELIGION , BAD RELIGION on their ‘Stranger than Fiction’ tour, supported GREEN DAY 10 miles outside of my hometown. It must have been in ‘94 or something. I remember being quite small and I got trampled by older guys as I tried to make my way to the stage. But it was all worth it. I also did my first stage dive and crowd surf at that gig. The first record... hmmm, not quite sure. The first music I ever bought was on cassettes and the first one I can remember was SKID ROW “Slave to the Grind” . I bought it mainly ‘cause I loved the ballads at first, but then the other songs kinda’ grew on me.
Brian Rademacher: What kind of kid were you growing up?
Danny: I was calm and down to earth. I did quite good in school and I was never in trouble with anyone really. Not really the stereotype rockstar upbringing, ey?
Brian Rademacher: What was the worst job you ever had?
Danny: I haven’t had many real jobs but the first job I had was definitely the worst. It was a really boring desk job. One day the police and customs raided the place because my boss had smuggled in two tons (!) of illegal chemical substances into the country and at one time he threw a phone at me. Luckily, he missed and three days later I was out of there.
Brian Rademacher: What was it like at rehearsal the first time CRAZY LIXX got together?
Danny: Since we’ve all played together before (me, Vic and Joey) everything went smooth and we were all fed up with where our old band had been going lately so it was a real relief to start over with CRAZY LIXX.
Brian Rademacher: CRAZY LIXX put out a three track EP in 2003 that had the song Death Row which was also on Perris Record's “ Hollywood Hairspray Vol. 3”. How did Perris contact you?
Danny: Perris contacted our second guitarist at the time Krizzy Field and asked if we wanted to be on the compilation and we saw it as a good opportunity to spread the word. A lot of American fans have found us thanx to Hollywood Hairspray.
Brian Rademacher: Then in 2004, you put out a six track demo called “ Do or Die” which was the most songs you have yet to release on one CD. That song did very well for you and in 2006, you released the “ Do or Die” the single with two tracks, “Do or Die” and “Death Row” once again. What is the reason why you putting past songs on a new release instead of putting out some new material?
Danny: The reason was that we were a little unhappy with the production of the six-track demo and we wanted to re-record “Do or Die” in a shorter, more hit friendly version, with the purpose of making a video for it. That never happened and instead we released “Do or Die” as a single.
Brian Rademacher: You have just released a new two track CD called “ Heroes Are Forever” on SwedMetal Records, which are two great sleaze tracks. I loved both tracks and so will fans of glam and rock. But why once again only two tracks? (I want more)!
Danny: “ Heroes are Forever” is our first ‘real’ release (under a label). We only released two songs because we couldn’t afford to record an entire album. But seeing how this single is appreciated all over the hard rock community we’ve decided to record a full-length album (10-12 songs) during 2007 and hopefully it will be released before the year is over.
Brian Rademacher: Did you record more then these two tracks when you went into the studio to record them?
Danny: No, as I said, two songs were all we could afford at the time. We didn’t have any hidden recorded material left. Everything we’ve recorded has been released, either in single-form or as free downloads from our homepage: www.crazylixx.com .
Brian Rademacher: Fan of Sleaze metal and rock can check out some of your live show on YouTube like “Do or Die” at this link HERE!. How do you feel about fans posting some of your live show so others can see you?
Danny: The internet revolution is great for upcoming bands all over the globe. It’s so easy to share your material with others and I think it’s great that people put up video clips, pictures and other stuff of us on the net. Without internet I don’t think we’d have the fans in Thailand, Israel or New Zealand that we have now.
Brian Rademacher: I know CRAZY LIXX have a lot in common with CRASHDÏET, have you played shows with those boys and what is the atmosphere when you play a show with them?
Danny: We’ve only played two gigs with them and especially after the second one we had a blast after the gig. For the crowd I think they couldn’t possibly see a better pair of Swedish sleaze bands.
Brian Rademacher: When will fans see a full-length CRAZY LIXX CD?
Danny: As I said, we’ll be recording material for an album during 2007. I can’t make any promises on when and where it will be released though, hopefully before the end of the year.
Brian Rademacher: I know you are looking to be playing some dates in The US. If you had to open for a major act In the US who would you like to open for?
Danny: MOTLEY CRÜE would be nice.
Brian Rademacher: What does CRAZY LIXX ask for on their rider?
Danny: He-he, naked pictures of Bea Arthur. No honestly, we’re happy if we get food and drinks, the rest is luxury at this point.
Brian Rademacher: Tell me what it is like backstage at a CRAZY LIXX show?
Danny: We don’t sit around backstage a lot. We prefer to go out to the fans after the gig and mingle with them and I think they really appreciate that we don’t have such a rockstar attitude that we don’t talk to ‘normal’ people. We like to be in touch with our fans and there are always people who like to get shirts or singles signed or to take a picture with the band.
Brian Rademacher: What is the most memorable time being in CRAZY LIXX ?
Danny: When we won Popkorn 2006, a music competition in southern Sweden. That was cool. Nobody thought we’d win, ‘cause we were from another town and played a kind of music that wasn’t very ‘broad’, but the jury showed them all otherwise.
Brian Rademacher: What is the ultimate goal for CRAZY LIXX ?
Danny: To show the world that hard rock of the 80’s and 90’s was not a passing trend. It still lives in millions of people around the world and they thirst for new bands in the likes of GUNS ‘N’ ROSE , BON JOVI , MOTLEY CRÜE , SKID ROW etc. Heroes are forever, but they all die young. And people need heroes...
Brian Rademacher: If you had to change anything in your life from the past at this point in your life, what would that be?
Danny: I wish I’d find my musical talent even earlier than I did.
Brian Rademacher: Last question; if you had a large amount of money, that you could donate to some cause, what would that cause be?
Danny: Hmmm... ,World Peace? No, but anything that can help to eliminate the big diseases of the world-- HIV, Cancer or Malaria.
Brian Rademacher: Danny it has been great talking to you, I hope everyone goes out and picks up your new disc and visits Swedmetal records. Would you like to say anything to your fans and the people of America?
Danny: If you book us, we will come...