A wise man once said, “The Truth is out there.” If you like your music Truth-flavored, some music with a message, then our band this week, Xiescive, is for you. Xiescive (pronounced “zy-eh-sive”) is a one-man Industrial/Electro band based in Utah created by Trevor Weeks (aka Xon). As he put it, that means he gets “all the hassle, little glory”.
He sent us his song “Sex, Drugs & Electro” because he thought “it would be the most universally accessible to the audience since it’s a little bit gothy, a little bit industrial… sorry, just read the ‘no Donnie & Marie puns’ clause. Uh, anyway to me that song is basically about the fact that there is this front that a lot of people put up to hide or escape life and their problems, especially at a club or bar. I understand that’s the point of getting out on weekends and such, but I’m basically saying I understand and empathize with that point of view in an effort to relate and connect to my audience in a more profound way.”
As I was listening to his music and checking out his website, I couldn’t help but enjoy the X-Files-esque theme of his music and the project itself. He said, “It’s really just a name I made up to represent what the ‘powers that be’ are doing to systematically destroy us, in almost every facet of our lives. When you break down the design of how modern life actually works, you will see some very sinister patterns that are very deep seeded in our routine lives, NOT by accident or coincidence.”
About his music he said that “on the surface, it’s very aggressive and political, but delve deeper into the meaning of the lyrics, there is definitely a more sinister angle being played.” The inspiration for creating his soon-to-be-released album “Nexus”, he added, was “basically to create something that will make people move and think, depending on your mood of course. Also to do this in a way that there was enough ‘substance’ on the album to garner attention from diverse viewpoints.”
Regarding music altogether, he said, “I was classically trained on the piano as a child for a few years before giving it up, only to pick up keyboards a few years later at the age of 15. I have been playing/programming and producing steadily ever since and don’t see any signs of quitting. I’m 32 now, so about 20 years all together. I am always writing music for one thing or another and it’s always an adventure. I’m a pretty big tech-head when it comes to music, always experimenting with new technologies, so I look at music as a big learning experiment and recorded music is the result of this experimentation. I read a lot of manuals and documentation on music products and music theory to keep myself up to date. It’s nice to be able to exercise and implement those new techniques I pick up from reading and experimenting and integrate my own thoughts and feelings that manifest through them into song form, it’s really very satisfying. I’m really getting into listening to more movie scores as I’m moving parallel in that direction musically as well with Xiescive. I have just finished scoring my 1st full length indie film and hope to continue down this path for years to come, I really enjoy the work.”
He has toured with other non-industrial bands he has been in, but added that these days “I spend my time in the studio rather than venturing into disappointing bars, but am very anxious to get an opportunity to play in stronger scenes where this kind of music is admired. I have never performed live as Xiescive, so I’m not sure, but I’m confident that it will be positive as it was designed to make people shake their ass and/or use your brain.”
For other bands getting started, his biggest piece of advice is “to have thick skin, especially at first. You’re going to get a lot of feedback and I can’t say it’s going to be mostly positive. It takes quite a bit more now than it did 20 years ago to ‘wow’ a listener. You have to come with weapons locked and loaded so to speak. I actually interact with a lot of new projects and my biggest annoyance is that they think they’re done with a song after 10 or so hours of work, with musically inexperienced ears, speaking from a production point of view. Basically, spend more time perfecting the song writing and production, quality, not quantity.”
So what does the future hold for Xiescive? “I was thinking of doing something very different with the next album, but still in the same vein. I’ll just say more bombastic, less banana, lulz! Also, I’d love to start hitting up more events and shows.” His current project, the full album “Nexus” will be released this October or November, and I’m looking forward to that.