2010 – ROKERJI POJEJO PESNIKE – (compilation) – state by SKA
2010 – Orange revolution II. – (compilation) – state by KSS
2009 – FEEDBACK – Pro mehanika - state by: Andrej Maver
2009 – VAL09 (compilation) – state by ZKP RTVSLO
2019 – Orange revolution I. – (compilation) – state by KSS
2008 - FEEDBACK – Od blizu - state by: Andrej Maver
2008 - FEEDBACK – Drobljenec - (EP) - state by: Andrej Maver
2008 - FEEDBACK – Feedback - state by: Andrej Maver
2008 – CIK-CAK – (compilation) - state by: Dejan Lapanja
2004 – ADIJO SACHSENFELD – (compilation) - state by: Študentski klub Žalec
2000 – UPITJE SPOD MIGOVCA – (compilation) - state by: Klub Tolminskih Študentov
Would you mind introducing us to your band members?
Band members are:
Magajne Matej (guitar) grabbed his first guitar at age of 14. His speciality is that he, as a left-handed player plays a right-handed guitar upside down. The strings aren't turned to suit a left-handed player, but they are in normal right-handed tune sequence. As a self-thought guitarist he began to play at different school bands, and so made his way up. Along with Andrej Maver and Milos Leban he was one of the three founders of group FEEDBACK. Beside the FEEDBACK group he also plays with various artists.
Maver Andrej (drums) got his first drum set at the age of 15. As a self-thought player he started to play with Milos, what later on turned into good friendship. Andrej also plays with various bends and artists on concerts and in studios, festivals, and gigs on radio and television. Just like other members of the FEEDBACK group he is not deprived of a long solo act, where he can freely express himself.
Leban Miloš (keyboards) started his musical career in his first class of primary school, when he visited musical class for accordion. He also began to play piano at different school bands, and made his way up. He played drums for three years a in brass orchestra. Besides playing piano and organ in FEEDBACK group he also conducts and leads a very successful male vocal group Snezet.
Klavžar Andrej (bass) began to play bass guitar in the year 2001 as a self-thought player. Due to his good sense of rhythm and harmony he constantly upgrades his skills and ability of playing.
How long has the current band line up been together?
Feedback first started in 1999 as trio (Maver, Magajne, Leban), where Milos Leban played bass line on keyboard (simultaneously), what you can hear on our first album called “Feedback”, but in 2004 a bass player Andrej Klavzar joined the group and we’re in the same line up ever since.
How would you describe your music to someone who hasn’t yet heard you?
It’s a rollercoaster ride of instrumental rock, blues and jazz. Somehow we feel that we can’t describe what we play, since a lot of songs have various rhythms , feels, moods, so it’ impossible to categorize our music. But we’ll let the audience be the judge of that :)
What have you been up to recently?
We have been touring Slovenia and beyond to promote our third album Pro mehanika. At the moment we have our “end of the year” rest, but will start gigging soon after next year.
What can your fans look forward to in the next 12 months?
We are preparing and arranging the material that has never been recorded from year 1999 and 2004. This is what we thing is “the good stuff” from our early stages of composing. Lots and lots of solos, grooves and good vibe! We hope to finish this until end of 2011.
How did you meet each other?
Actually Matej (guitar) just knocked on Andrej’s (drums) front door saying “I hear you play drums, do you need a guitar player?”. Andrej knew Milos (keyboards), and the rest is history. But this was in our secondary school times, so we know each other for quite some time..
How did you come up with your name for the band?
First we performed under a different name where we played covers, but when we started playing our own material, we got the actual name Feedback on the same day of the first concert where we were forced to put something on the posters. So our good friend Marko Leban helped us out here and proposed the name Feedback (since we all wanted good feedback from the audience), and this name stayed..
Did you always want to be in a band?
Yes, from day 1. I think I can speak for the rest of the guys too. We live in a town (Tolmin, Slovenia) where culture and music is really strongly present among the people so being a musician or any kind of artist is inevitable.
What music did you listen to while growing up?
We listened a all sorts of rock, jazz, blues, mainly from 60’s, 70’s. This mentality of “good old music” kind of grew to our way of expressing ourselves today, don’t you think?
How long have you been involved with writing & performing music?
We have been performing music since prime school, but at that stage was cool if you know how to play Deep purple’s “Smoke on the water”. We started composing when we really feel we can play and this was kind of milestone for us. Having the ability to create your own music is really inspiring for us.
Are you self-taught or did you have lessons?
We are self-taught on our instruments. Milos (keyboards) has some lessons for accordion, but overall we discovered and learned the techniques and sounds on our own. This has something to do with playing “unconventional” music.
What is your current equipment?
Vintage drums, vintage amplifiers, vintage guitar & bass, vintage keyboards. Did I mentioned everything vintage? Yes vintage instruments produce good sound!
If you had an unlimited equipment budget what would be on your shopping list?
Change the radio management & editors to start educating people with music, not making them (n/d)umb..
Do you use the same equipment live as you do when in a studio?
Do you have a set routine when writing and recording or does it depend on each track and the inspiration?
Normally our songs and inspiration cam out of a jam. Later on we started to write songs individually (you would come with finished song to rehearsals) or compose together.. Everything works for us, really.
Which software/recording process do you use?
Digital recording (Cubase) and old school analogue mixing (desk and a reel to reel).
Would you sign with a major record company?
It depends. What will they offer us? Money to force us to make record once per year and be on tour all the time? Management to distort our way of work? Worldwide glory? Sell our albums while they get all the bucks? Probably not. But hey, there must be some “honest” record company somewhere, right?
How much involvement do you have with the arranging and production of the songs when recording?
We have full control over our songs from composing to arranging to recording stage. This is a must! I know that the producers gives the band their unique signature, but we have our opinion on that too. Good producer is hard to find (he must know the band, if not it’s not worth the trouble). We don’t want to sound the way producer thinks we should. What happens if he has a bad day or is on a record company pay list? No, thank you!
Do you try to capture your ‘live’ sound on recordings or do you think that the ‘live’ sound and recorded sound should be different experiences for your fans?
We like to play live and record live. But we’ve done also overdubs, but nothing exaggerated, apart form song Srecanje, where we used 40+ instruments. The song did hit the number one on TOP17 charts in Slovenia :) But here was another song with live recording that ranked number four on the same chart, so you never know what’s the real receipt. Being an instrumental band on the TOP17 charts is a success by itself :)
Do you any favourite tracks from your album?
Every album has good songs. The tracks we think represents the album the most we sent out as EP, but at the moment we do so, we feel that w should send another track. They are so different it’s hard to choose.
Which countries have you gigged in?
We’ve gigged all over Slovenia, some in Italy and Austria. Would like to gig more abroad, why, you know a venue that would like to have us?
How do you promote your music and get your music out to new fans?
We play. This is the best promotion a band could have. We sell CD’s but you know how it is with CD’s.. People listen a half of the first track and if they are not impressed they discard the CD (don’t listen to it ever again). Ok, there are some exceptions. Music is intended for listening, not seeing (as they do on MTV’s), but we know that we are all “visual” humans, and therefore you need to look good too.. Well, we don’t care of this things, we rather play, and let the dancing to others...
Which music promotion websites do you use and do you have a favourite?
Beside our page and other social pages we really love the music magazines & radio pages where editors really take time and listen, review and comment the songs, artists, with intent to educate people, like you do on “Somojo”! This is the best promotion you can have. Creating an interest in people who are really open for music..
Have you ever entered any ‘battle of the bands’ competitions?
In the past, yes, and even won some (the best young group from Primorska region), but we didn’t apply with the intent for competing (we just wanted gigs they were offering), since we think music is not about competition... How can you compete in music? How can you measure it in scores? It’s not like running a 100m and the first one gets the price.. Or is it? Now we don’t like to apply to this things anymore...
What's your best/worst experience at a gig?
The best and the worst experience at gig was having total of 3 (three) people under the stage if you also count the owner of the venue and the waiter. So total 1 (one) visitor appearing on the concert. We really thought it would be a disaster, but we still played (with very good feeling) and it turns out the only guy who was sitting there was a very known artist in Slovenia (we had some good deal out of this). We even recorder (video) of that gig so we have good memories.
What are your day jobs if you have them?
Unfortunately we can’t afford living only by performing and creating music, so our daily jobs ranges from civil engineer designer , electrical engineering work and freelance music agency work.
Is there anything you'd like to add?
First of all thank you for reading this (long) interview, but we really wanted to show our side of the story. I think here would be good to say “Thank you” for everyone who supported us on our music journey, and giving us strength to carry on. A big thanks also to you Somojo for providing the way to help promoting bands and keeping up the good music! Kind regards to everyone from Feedback group (Slovenia).
Yours sincerely, Andrej, Matej, Milos, Andrej.