What inspired you to first start making music? And how did you come to be in your current incarnation? Or if you prefer, a brief bio about you.
Lexodus is an alternative hip hop experience: A quintet of multi-instrumentalists, locked, loaded, and ready to deliver a rich and eclectic art.
Lexodus’ aim: take the listener through a spectrum of emotions using the art of storytelling. Life is full of contradictions, nothing is just black and white, Lexodus wants to make people question their interactions with reality by immersing them inside of a universe, providing a sense of freedom and escape.
Provide us with some info about your latest release…
Hang: Farmin’ is about growing up and the struggle of finding somewhere to fit in. Not knowing yourself while attempting to cater to the expectations of masculinity. The journey of finding yourself through trying different habits, experiencing different relationships and getting in touch with fears, faith and feelings.
Farmin’ is a collection of tales, a dive into memories to remember the lessons learnt. Not all good, but a reminder. The release is about having fun, working hard on what you love and enjoying life while still being somewhat “responsible”.
The aim of the release is to disrupt the norm by using humour to tackle dark topics such as addiction, depression, abandonment, loneliness, misogyny and loss.
Which ones would you consider your main influences both music-wise & non-music-wise?
Stinky: My entourage is my main source of inspiration and motivation, anyone that sends me energy. Lexodus is our collective enterprise; we give it honest love. We created a blend of auras and characters interacting.
Johnny: Agree on that. My bandmates are great inspirations, for both music and daily life.
Yoshi: For me… anything that creates goosebumps.
Hang: Recently my influences come from children and animals. There is a sense of freedom they exhibit which we seem to restrict at some point.
In what way does your sound differ from the rest genre-related artists/bands and why should we listen to your music? In other words, how would you describe your sound?
Johnny: It differs because there are no other bands sounding the same way. We all come from very different places and cultural backgrounds and we try to avoid fitting in one particular box, instead we’ve been building ours. It’s a massive working site but the result will be worth it.
Yoshi: We’ve always been struggling to find words to describe our music or to put it into a category or genre, it’s just easier to express ourselves with the language of music, just listen to it and you will understand
Johnny: Exactly, you should listen to us because our music is honest and raw and ever changing as it is an ongoing experiment.
Please name your 3 desert islands albums, movies & books…
Johnny: Mulholland Drive, The Big Lebowski, LUCKY
Stinky: Porco Rosso, Buffet Froid, eXistenZ
Yoshi: The Talented Mister Ripley, Captain Fantastic, Lord of the Rings
Hang: Sorry to Bother You, The Thing, White Chicks
Yoshi: Kid A – Radiohead, Async – Ryuichi Sakamoto, Highway Rider – Brad Mehldau
Stinky: Wave – Jobim , Ombre est Lumière – IAM, One Size Fits All – Zappa and the Mothers
Johnny: For Ever – JUNGLE, This Old Dog – Mac Demarco, Pieces Of A Man – Gil Scott Heron
Hang: Exit – K-OS, The Boy and the Tree – Susumu Yokota, Remedy – Basement Jaxx
Stinky: Ubik – Philip K. Dick, My Uncle Oswald – Dahl, The Lord of the Rings – Tolkien
Johnny: The Trilogy of the Ants – Bernard Weber, The Night Just Before The Forests – Bernard Marie Koltès, The Penultimate Truth – K. Dick
Hang: Preacher – Garth Ennis, The Saga of the Swamp Thing – Alan Moore, Scalped – Jason Aaron
Do you prefer studio or performing live and why?
Johnny: Performing definitely, the connection between all of us on stage is an incredible feeling, the connection with the crowd is also quite magical. It’s the best possible mean of catharsis in my opinion. And backstage beers baby.
Stinky: I live to play live with these guys but I’d love to spend more time in the studio
Hang: Yeah I agree with Stinky. It would be lush if we had a studio space with the gear ready to record 24/7, The Depot v2.0 is a future dream.
Yoshi: I love both, the combination of creating something in the studio/home/rehearsing space and performing your work in front of people is one of the most rewarding things.
Is there any funny-unique story you would like to share with us, always in relation to your music ‘career’?
Stinky: That night on tour after our gig in Lausanne when Hang got so many drinks he was drunk for two days!
Yoshi: lol yeah that’s the same time he tried to make egg mayonnaise in the morning, after a night full of dark and stormies, needless to say, everything was a mess.
Hang: To be honest, being on tour seems to always bring out the unique moments. These guys are my brothers, it’s relaxing on the road but gets silly at times for sure. Everyone has a funny bone and the ability to attract the absurd.
Johnny: Yeah that’s true, there was the beak guy at Reeperbahn Festival, asking us for drugs before our show that he would proceed to snort off the cymbals then proceed to ‘play the shit out of those drums’. Or no, the post Cosmic Show release party, from getting shots on stage to buying a mountain of croissants at Netto and playing the most laidback 2 songs at Marie Antoinette.
Which track of your own would you point out as the most unique and why?
Johnny: Man I don’t know, probably some of the unreleased ones but it’s all unique.
Hang: Yeah as we mentioned before, I think because of all of our different backgrounds it really makes for unique listening and we are only warming up.
Would you like to share with our readers your future plans?
Johnny: Get new jobs!!!
Hang: lol yeah this period in time has turned a lot of plans upside down, new jobs maybe something to consider!
Johnny: I think we can wait to get back to IRL, live and direct performance and provide the vibes for people.
Hang: Yeah and in the meantime Lexodus will keep releasing music. Farmin’ is the first instalment in a trilogy. We will drop singles and videos in between. After that Lexodus has got a record in the locker we recorded in a haunted summer house over winter. So there is plenty to come!
Free question!!! (Ask yourself a question) you wish to answer and haven’t been given the opportunity…
Johnny: Would you rather have teeth for hair or hair for teeth?
Hang: Definitely teeth for hair. Food is life. Fat boyz united forever.
Photo credits: Markus Werner (2nd one)
Curated by: Christos Doukakis
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