HRH III: Marya indeed Roxx
Pure Rawk’s “Sexy” Dave Ashworth catches up with Marya Roxx at Hard Rock Hell III at Prestatyn, Wales. They have a chat about touring, working with some of the biggest names in rock n’ roll and her brand new album “Payback Time”.
The name Marya Roxx is going to be quite new to some of our readers, can you give us a few words about yourself and what your music is all about.
I guess I’m a pretty straightforward artist, I make aggressive, nice hard rock n roll. I feel that everyone could like it, young and old, metalheads and hard rockers. I have a lot of cool songs, all different, some of them are just fun to listen to and fun to perform, and some are more about my experiences going through life. I think there’s something for everyone!
Are you looking forward to playing Hard Rock Hell?
I really am, I’m excited to be here. I performed here last year at Hammerfest (Hard Rock Hells sister festival also in Prestatyn), and I really fell in love with this place. It’s so cool for people to have a place to come and listen to different bands in the wintertime, because obviously there are no festivals going around as it’s so cold!
You’re playing the main stage this afternoon, is that a big thing for you?
Yeah, it’s a very big thing for me. I get to play to more people and get more people to listen to my music, so it’s going to be massive and hopefully be a success!
This is the last date of your UK tour, how’s that been going, any particular highlights?
I enjoyed every one of those gigs, those clubs were really cool that we went to. We had some mishaps with our van though! The first gig it almost burnt down because there was some wiring problems, we changed that, and then the second one broke down because the battery was empty, and I guess the third time is charmed! Fingers crossed that we get to the airport tomorrow! But anyway, we really enjoyed it, I love the UK crowds, they are so into it, so it was really fun for me.
How does that compare with the audiences back home?
So far I think most people have been into what we are doing, because we are so passionate about our music and the performance, to give something back to the crowd. But overall I love England and its quirkiness! There are all kinds of different people and nobody is judging each other, it’s awesome.
Any great bands you’ve played with on the tour?
There was Tribal Law who played here yesterday, Voodoo Johnson who played yesterday too. And there was Godsized, they were really cool guys too.
The tour’s been in support of the new album Payback Time, tell us a little about that.
The album has twelve songs, and most of them are written by me, as well as two covers, Nothing Going On by a Swedish band Clawfinger who are really awesome, and the other one Time To Run by Phantom Blue, an all-girl metal group from the 80’s.
When can we expect the album to come out in the UK?
Hopefully next year. For now, we’re having a limited edition of the album that we can sell at our gigs, but yeah hopefully a full release next year!
As well as Kevin Shirley (Maiden / Zeppelin / Dream Theatre) producing the album, you’ve also worked and toured with some very experienced musicians and session players. How’s it been working with such a range of people?
Well it’s been awesome! I just love every one of them. Every single one of them that I play with, they are all different and unique and great in their own style. I’ve gotten to hear my songs played by so many different musicians, which gives a different edge every time. Today, we’re performing with Paul Crook (Anthrax / Meatloaf), on bass we have Scott Metaxas (Nuclear Assault) who played on the album, and on drums there’s Jim Roe, and he’s a really thrash metal drummer, so it’s a whole different feeling with him.
Have you learnt a lot from working with all these different people?
Yeah of course, they’re all seasoned musicians and they have so much experience, it’s been amazing really. And to have them play with me, encouraging me, and have them standing by my side, I feel really secure.
Do you ever find it intimidating working with such seasoned musicians?
What I tend to do with every single person that I meet, in different moments in my life, I just take them as people. When we like each and we get along really well, in the end it doesn’t matter. But of course, when I think about it, when I found out who was coming to the studio to record my stuff, I was like ‘Oh wow!’ I was intimidated at first, but now it’s so different, we’re friends.
What message would you like to put out to people?
Believe in what you do, and do what you love, and anything can happen!
What’s next for Marya Roxx?
Hopefully we’ll do more festivals in the summer, in the US, the UK and all over Europe. And get the album out soon, and spread the word!