Interview : Masha Mysmane – Exilia




Interview by Connie Bach


“No Tears for You” is featured on the upcoming Femme Metal compilation Beauty and Brutality is an example of the fiery energy that can be felt when listening to Exilia‘s music. I must admit, I was a little surprised by the sound, which is pleasant and strong as hot cider.

Hi, Masha. How is the year 2010 shaping up for Exilia?

Hi, and thanks for your interest in Exilia. It’s going really well, we are happy with our live activity and we are happy about our new release “Naked” that came out on June 2010.

Exilia has a new album on the horizon, entitled “Naked”. How did this album come together? 

“Naked” came in a natural way, we did few unplugged shows last year and all shows had  good response from the audience. So we thought to prepare something unique and do a limited edition cd for the fans this year. 

What were some of the ups and downs of the recording process?

“Naked” was a challenge for us, we never did something like this before it was our first time with acoustic guitars and percussions, the heavy part was to find the best arrangements for guitars in order to keep the power of the riffs in the acoustic  side too. The good part was to sing because I could experiment new sound with my voice and give more expression to the lyrics. 

How would you say this album differs from all of Exilia‘s previous releases? 

This one is totally different! This is a limited edition unplugged cd! Only “No Tears for You” is fully produced, “Naked” is a special thing in our discography.

I love how “No Tears For You” discusses righting wrongs and carrying on. Would you tell me more about the personal story or idea behind those confident lyrics?

It’s a crazy story!! In the song I’m talking to Mr stupidmanthis guy has a record label and that made me lose a lot of time with his stupid tons of words, this people are the ones that destroy music. 

They say writing lyrics is like writing poetry. Is it? 

Yes, I really really think so.  

For those less familiar with the band, Exilia has been around since 1998.They originated in the towns of Milano and Lombardy, Italy. Masha, can you tell me how you personally became involved with Exilia?

I started with Exilia in 2000, I met Alien (our guitar player) in a music shop, I was there to take guitar lessons and after some months we decided to start a band. thats how Exilia came up!

With the departure of your former bassist in 2007, how do you feel it changed the overall chemistry and sound of the band?

We found a brilliant bass player after Random left the band so we didn’t feel any difference in the sound, we had a new positive energy in the band with the new guy so we felt definetely better!

You have been Exilia‘s vocalist for quite some time. What do you use free time for? Do you have any hobbies or musical side projects?

I like jogging, I like swimming, I love to take a walk with my dog and stay in the nature, I practise meditation, I teach vocal in 3 schools in Milan, I do a radio program and further more I have my own side projects where we do acoustic things with 2 amazing guitar players and where I play percussion.

Lots of bands sing in English and seldom use it otherwise. How difficult is it to transition to using English lyrics?

It’s really difficult !!! But I love your language  and I try to do my best!

As the vocalist for a metal band and as a woman not from the United States, I’d like your take on the ongoing news coverage of the oil spill and how it reflects your views on American culture?

It’s a big matter and it would be my pleasure to talk about it in a deep way when it will be possible. What I can tell you  is that everything that happened made me really sad because this thing destroyed a part of our planet and our nature and it twill take several years to recover from this injury. I don’t think there is a single person to be blamed for this but it’s a whole political and economical system, which we all know is ruled by the seven sisters that are responsible for this catastrophe and not only this.

Masha, thanks for your time and honesty. The lyrics of “No Tears For You”, from Exilia‘s album, “Naked”, are inspiring, as are songs from other albums I have heard. Good luck for the rest of this year and in the band’s future. 

Thanks a lot for your support in US. All the best, Masha MysMane



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