• The Vibe

An Interview with 'Axl Phnxx'

Who are the band members and what do they play?

Axl Phnxx - producer, singer, songwriter, piano, guitar, bass, drums

How and where did you get together?

I started producing my own music in my bedroom at the age of 17 in Hanford, CA

What are the band's main influences?

Elton John, David Bowie, Ariel Pink, Kendrick Lamar, Tyler, the Creator, Stevie Wonder, Queen, 80s Music

Have you played any notable gigs, festivals or other events? Likewise radio or TV appearances?

Fullhouse Brewery, Fresno CA; Neck of the Woods, San Francisco CA

Are there any other interesting or amusing happenings – no matter how small – that the band have been involved with that would be of interest to those who like your music?

Scored the music for SFSU's recent rendition of MacBeth. Was featured in Shoutout LA magazine.

Do you have any favourable quotes from previous reviews of the band that you'd be happy to share?

"Axl Phnxx may just be this generations Elton John" - A&R Music Factory

Where was the single/EP/album recorded and who was involved in its production?

I recorded it in my bedroom in Hanford, CA. I sent it to my friend FRANCCI in Brazil who was mixing and mastering my music at the time.

Is there a particular ethos behind the single/EP/album or any particular music styles or events that inspired it?

I was going to school at San Francisco State University at the time and singing in the gospel choir. I was exposed to a lot of different rhythms and styles that I had never heard of. I used to spend a lot of time in the piano rooms there, and one day I stumbled across this groovy chord progression. Next thing I knew the song was written.

Can you briefly describe what the song/each song is about? If you are releasing an album then either describe the thinking behind the project or choose a couple of lead tracks to focus on.

The song is about having the ability to turn your charisma on "like magic" and put spells onto women. And I say this in the purest way! It's also about the magical feeling you get when first stepping into a new relationship.

Were there any notable or amusing happenings surrounding the recording/production of the EP? As above, list whatever might be of relevance.

Francci had heard the original drums which were the classic Linn drums, and immediately knew he could make something way more epic sounding. Hence the drums that are now on the track.

Please provide a one or two-line personal quote that can be attributed to a band member, about either the band themselves or the release. Obviously the more eye-catching this is the better.