Xenia (middle) - vocals/guiar
Mark (left) - guiar
Omar (right) - bass
Sky Salt, a newborn modern rock band, based in New York City, came
together from opposite corners of the world. Singer/guitarist Xenia
from Russia, guitarist Mark from California, and bassist Omar from
Columbia, united to produce some great music.
Sky Salt combines heavy guitar riffs juxtaposed with catchy, soft,
yet sometimes edgy, female vocals, which is what makes this band
so unique. It is rare to find the combination of quality music and
lyrics nowadays. Tired of cheesy boy-bands and hard-core bands with
beast-like screams, we have been waiting long enough for a band
like Sky Salt to drop from the skies.
Salt renovated old noise into fresh sound. It is hard to compare their
music to any other bands out there today, because Sky Salt is very
different. This band was born from an amalgam of influences, such
as the long missed Nirvana, godfather of heavy metal Ozzy Osbourne
and modern rock bands like Alice In Chains and Creed.
started with the 20-year-old Xenia, who was torn between fashion design
and music careers, and finally picked music. Xenia was originally
trained as a classical pianist, until she picked up a guitar and began
to sing. In a matter of months, she wrote over 30 songs.
Californian guitarist Mark was raised on shred-clichés until
taking an interest in songwriting and statement rather than flamboyance.
An old friend of Xenias, bassist Omar added his share of talent
and set the ball rolling.
Together they produced a demo CD in June 2001. Out of the three songs
they have recorded, there is an ideal one for everyone. From the catchy,
mainstream Take Your Time, softer, calming Ago,
to heavy and edgy Stand Aside, the recording has a perfect
Right now, Sky Salt are in between drummers and looking to find a
dedicated musician so they can start hitting the clubs. Please visit
their website for more
Salt. These guys are serious about their music but occasionally
they come up with most sarcastic remarks.
Questions with Sky Salt
whats up with the name?
Mark: It just rolled off the tongue.
Where do you fit in with the current musical scene?
Xenia: We play mainstream modern rock with some grunge, punk,
and alternative background.
Mark: Were contemporary with a weakness for classics.
Omar: I dont know, I just play.
Who are you often compared to?
O: Mike Piaza. (laughing)
X: The Cranberries, because in the market with only 2 types of female
rock singers (Courtney Love and Delores O'Riordan of The Cranberries,
that is), I fall into the category that can actually sing. But as
far as the music and the band goes, we tend to be more intense than
M: We get compared to whoever the individual likes. Doors fans tell
us we sound like The Doors, Marilyn Manson fans think we sound like
How is Sky Salt different from Britney Spears?
X: (laughing) Very, in all ways.
What do you write about?
X: I am into the darker imagery. I dont write about events,
I try to convey the condition Im in at the moment of writing.
M: Were not a sunshine band. But we have a sense of humor
off stage. (laughing)
O: I dont write about one thing. I write about my feelings.
Youre a multi-cultural band. How does it influence you as
M: It comes in in a variety of ways, we all bring something from home.
Xenias Russian accent adds a new texture to our songs, and its
part of what defines our
X: As a front woman, I do have certain determination usually associated
with Russians. But Im not sure if its cultural or not.
O: It influences the relationship in the band. We often find common
things in different cultures.
What made you decide to play music?
M: Because it sounds good. (laughing)
X: I didnt choose to. I was born with music running in my veins.
O: I need a drug in life. Music is my drug.
are you guys all about Sex-Drugs-and-Rock-N-Roll?
O: Pretty much. I love all of those things! (laughing)
X: I personally dont do drugs. I just concentrate on Rock-n-Roll
M: We take the craft very seriously and feel that drugs get in the
way of that.
How do you solve disputes?
X: I blow up....
O: I laugh!
M: We have a written agreement that solves a lot of problems that
other bands have. With simple creative differences we always end up
reaching a compromise.
Whats your experience being a woman in show business?
X: There are a lot of misconceptions about female rockers. People
expect you to be a slut. There is also still a belief that women cant
rock. Thats nonsense.
What do you think of boy-bands and pop divas?
M: Not much, Im afraid.
X: I respect them. Although I do find their *NSYNChronized moves
and matching outfits ridiculous.
O: They suck.
Do you have groupies?
X: Oh yeah, loads! And the list is growing. (laughing)
What are your future plans?
X: Theyre futuristic. I intend to visit Mars in the nearest
O: Money! Yeah. Ufff.
M: Obviously, like most performing bands we are looking to have the
support of the major label to help distribute our music to a wider
audience. And thats been
the goal from day one.
Anything else you guys want to add?
X: Sure. Visit our website and download the audio samples of our songs.
Its free music, so go there. And send us feedback!
(click on the picture to go to Sky Salt's official website)