Today we’ve interviewed a very talented, interesting and upcoming artist X3NIA. X3NIA saw the light of day on March 9, 1989 in the old AKH in Vienna and grew up in a working-class family in Vienna’s 10th district.
“ Music and love – these two things must always be free, free from concepts and free from constraints.This is how I have always lived my life and still follow this rule to this day.In my childhood I spent many hours listening to fairy tale and music tapes and dreaming myself into my inner worlds. Even then I saw myself standing on a stage and singing. My half-sister’s father, who lived with us for a few years, often sang and played guitar with me, so I found my playful and natural approach to music.It was somehow always the men who moved and encouraged me to make music. Because they always challenged me and kindled my life fire.But it was women who always held and carried me with their unconditional love. Without the support and the strong female role models in my life, I would never be where I am today.”
Lisa: Hi Xenia! What first got you into music? What would you be doing right now, if it wasn’t for your music career?
X3NIA: Actually, I’ve always been strongly connected to music, it all started with my grandparents. My mother was only 21 when I was born, so I spent the first years of my life with her with my grandparents. We lived in simple circumstances, but I never lacked love.
Unfortunately, my beloved grandfather died when I was only 10 years old. He was always like a father substitute for me, because I didn’t know my father at the time – he lived in Greece and was overwhelmed with the situation at the time.
Grandpa’s voice sticks in my memory, often singing songs to me or telling me stories. That
vibration was like music to my ears. In addition, free jazz was often played at home, which may
explain my open approach to music.
Lisa: What would you be doing right now, if it wasn’t for your music career?
X3NIA: Unfortunately I can’t (yet) live from my music. I work as a waitress to be able to pay my rent. But the place where I work lets me organize concerts there. So it’s a job that goes well with my life as an artist. I am originally a trained teacher and I also studied film. All this knowledge now also helps me to realize my artistic dreams.
Lisa: How would you describe the music that you typically create?
X3NIA: I was never able to define myself about a certain genre and never wanted to be classified.
Music and love – these two things must always be free, free from concepts and free from constraints. This is how I have always lived my life and still follow this rule to this day. I only do what I enjoy and keep reinventing myself.
Lisa: What is your creative process like?
X3NIA: In most cases the song just comes to me. Mostly when I am thinking of something completely different and am relaxed. Often when it rains, that inspires me. I feel strongly connected to the element of water. Sometimes I sit by the toilet or stand in the shower and all of a sudden –
BOOM! The song is here! Mostly almost completely.
I then have to record it immediately so that I don’t forget it again right away. In a few cases – especially when I want to write a song on a certain socially critical topic – I work conceptually and the process can take months until the song is finished. But that is rather rare.
Lisa: I really loved your song “ENOUGH”. Can you tell me more about it? What’s it about, and how did you get inspiration to write it?
X3NIA:As you can probably tell, the song “enough” is very different from my old songs. It’s also my first rap song … I had a tough year in 2019 in which a lot has changed for me and I had to let go of a lot. I was also very in love with someone I thought we had in common. But he wasn’t there for me in the worst part of my life and left me hanging. I also had suicidal thoughts, but I held on to myself and decided to stay here. The song is a reckoning, but at the same time a departure into a new phase of my life in which I want to take much more care of myself. It is also an appeal to all people who have ever been in a relationship or situationship with a narcissist to leave the relationship behind and start all over again. Once you’ve freed yourself from your old life, a bright future awaits you with your loved ones. I know that now.
Lisa: What is one message you would give to your fans?
X3NIA:Love yourself first, find your tribe and never give up on your dreams.
Lisa: Which famous musicians do you admire?
X3NIA: An artist I admire for her naturalness and strength is P!NK. Meeting her once in a lifetime would be amazing. But there are so many strong women that I admire and with whom I would like to share the stage one day. Just to name a few: Debbie Harry, Stevie Nicks, Tina Turner, Neon Hitch, BETSY, Cher, Linda Perry, Elliphant, Miley Cyrus, Aurora, Tracy Chapman, Imogen Heap, Sookee …
I’d also like to mention some men who inspire me and accompany me on my way: Falco (unfortunately no longer among us), Eminem, Onk Lou, Simon Lewis, Kontra K, Adam Cohen, A-HA, Brandon Flowers …
Lisa: What is the most trouble you’ve ever gotten into?
X3NIA: When I was 17 on the first day of school after the holidays, I got drunk and almost died of alcohol poisoning. My entire class and the director of the school saw me kicking and crying on the floor. Luckily I only know about it from stories and can no longer remember. I would be very uncomfortable…
Lisa: What is the best advice you’ve been given?
X3NIA: My granddad once wrote in my poetry album: “Hate never ends with hate, hate only ends with love.”
I think this is very true. I want to be full of love. And to feel love can be painful too, but it’s worth it all the way, I truly believe that.
Lisa: What are you working on right now?
X3NIA: I am working on my new song “Devotion”. It will be released on september the 22nd. The video and style will be very different to “Enough”. It will be very touching and profound. So stay tuned 😉
Thank you X3NIA