Interview – RedSka (march 2013)


A talk with Fra from RedSka and One Step Records, about the new EP, new bands and other good and simple things. Listen to good music, go to concerts, buy a cd, support the diy and be good! enjoy it.

Mirceone (MPTY ZINE) Ciao Fra, how’s life?

Fra (RedSka) Hi Mircea, everything is ok, thank you so much for this interview!

We have our last interview i think 2 years ago, meanwhile you have this new baby: Bella Ciao. congratulations and any news?

Yes, the last interview was at the time of studio production of „LA RIVOLTA”, our 3rd album. Now is „BELLA CIAO” time, our brand new EP. This new record is for us a solemn tribute to a true hymn of the partisan struggle and resistance. The EP contains the ska-punk version of the famous folk song and also two unpublished songs: „SIMILE” and „LA RESISTENZA” (feat. NH3).

RedSka is preparing a new tour?

We are always on the road…in the next months we’ll be in Austria, Germany, France and of course Italy.

How things are for One Step Records?

One Step Records continues his way. It’s very hard produce and distribute independent music in Italy, but we resist. At the moment, we’re working on new projects for 2013. You can follow our activity on Facebook (

Speaking of labels…what do you think nowdays about the internet and sharing the music?

The internet impact on the indipendent music was very strong.
The good impact was the great low cost opportunity to spread the music. Everything is for sure more simple than one time
The bad impact was the people can download the music for free, without any recognition for artists. I think is very very unfair to the artists.

I saw a lot of bands in the RedSka style, a lot of kids think that this is catchy, What you prefer 10 friends at your concert in a pub or 10.000 people in a festival ?

We do what we like and we prefer the „real” people in front of the stage…for sure the big festivals are very exciting for us, but the cool people could be everywhere.

I have listen latelly the new album from Talco and NH3, great albums. Give me a top of 5 new albums from you.

That’s a very difficult question….anyway we like a lot the new albums from FFD („Antifa Riot”), from LINEA („Revoluzionado”), the last album from Ashpipe. We hope to listen very soon to a new Los Fastidios album!

Speaking of bands what news you have about Atarassia Grop, you know is one of my favorite bands…whay don’t you try to put them on One Step?

We know some musicians from Atarassia Grop are now involved in other projects as Erode and Linea…We will see what will happen in the future!

How you can describe RedSka using up to 10 words?

Red-skankin’-punk-rockers 😉

The best concert ever that you have saw live?

Another difficult question…but I think one of the best concert I saw was the Ska-P concert in Rimini (italy) in 2010. The opener was RedSka…

A top 10  with the best bands that you still listen

This is a random-list…Bob Marley, Ska-P, Irie Révoltés, Banda Bassotti, The Specials, The Ramones, Mad Caddies, Los Fastidios, The Clash, Vallanzaska…

Thank you so much Fra for your time, please if you have something to add…

Thank you Mircea, thank you MPTYZine, a very good place for the punk-rock music in Europe.
Follow RedSka on Facebook ( ) and keep in touch…support the independent music!!!

fra redska

Mirceone vs. Fra – march 2013

Interview REDKSA

Last interview in 2011 with Ale from Redska. Thank to you all for your support in 2011 and see you in the pit in 2012…i hope so:). cheers!

MPTY ZINE: Hello Ale, what’s new with you?

Ale: First of all, I would thank you for your interest in RedSka project. Thanks you and all the people supporting our music.
What’s new? There are busy days of work and of music, fighting everyday against this political system and against this fuckin’ capitalism…
So, we’re working on the „Riot”…”La Rivolta”….

La Rivolta is the most recent single for RedSka, did you prepare the new album for 2012?

We’re working on a new album, „LA RIVOLTA” („THE RIOT” in english). It will be out in the first months of 2012 and the title-track (the new single) is out since the end of october. The single „LA RIVOLTA” is a preview of a new sound of the band. We are matured, we are even more angry against the system. Even our  experiences across the Europe have helped us to create a music impact, as a monster in „Armageddon style”…
We are so happy for the result of these studio sessions. I think „LA RIVOLTA” is the album more rapresentative of the band in the last 10 years.
The lyrics will be more socially and politically committed; no love song in this album. We are very aware of who we are, also about our social and political ideas
We are really curious to know what our fans will think of this record.
Meanwhile, it’s out „RUDE LEAGUE” ep, split-album with The Offenders, published in Italy (Kob Records), Germany (Mad Butcher Rec.) and Spain (RedStar73 Rec.). The EP contains some previews of the new album.

Tell me the top 10 bands for you

In this 10 years, I’ve played with RedSka on great stages with big artists, my „idols”…a big emotion for me because, first of all, it’s a big honour to play with these bands making the history of the music. Then, because they made ??us congratulations on our show….this is a big satisfaction for us!
The „top bands” should be also the „the true bands”, with „true” people and musicians believing  in what they do…and a true band is for me a top band…
So this is a random list…
Manu Chao, Ire Revoltes, Banda Bassotti, Los Fastidos, Caparezza, Modena City Ramblers, SKa-P, The Offenders, 99 posse, No Relax…
Of course, carved in my heart: Marley, Clash, Aitken and much more…

If you were stranded on an island, what would be the 3 things that you would take along.

Of cours my girlfriend, then my dogs.
Since it would be impossible to bring with me all my records, I could bring on the island an mp3 player with my favourite music. Or maybe, I could make some percussion-set with coco-nuts to make a kind of music…

Do you think Berlusconi is better than Chuck Norris?

Berlusconi is the italian Chuck Norris…but he’s more goofy, small, viscid…he’s also fight aganist the communists…
For real, I hate Chuck Norris, it was my nightmare when i was young, as Berlusconi today!

Speakin about the tours..where you feel best?

We have always been better outside the Italy, it’s even amazing, everywhere…In Italy it’s too much difficult to find venues for the concerts but we need to thanks all the people organizing the concerts around our country.

I know you had a pretty long tour with Rabbia e Liberta, now you have something new in plan?

That’s true…the „RABBIA E LIBERTA'” tour (and the former „LE MIE PRIGIONI” tour) was a long and unforgettable tour across the Europe, maybe the greatest tour of our history: great stages, amazing venues, great audience…maybe we made everything that such an „undeground” band as us could do…
At the end of December we’ll be in Germany for the „RUDE LEAGUE” mini-tour with The Offenders (from 28th to 31st of December in Germany) and the „LA RIVOLTA TOUR” will start in 2012, promotional tour for our new „RUDE LEAGUE” Ep

What does Il Duca do beside RedSka, what are your hobbies?

Beside the RedSka project, Il Duca is a worker in a big store selling stuff for plumbers!
As hobby, I love the carp-fishing, I love staying for days or weeks in the wild, respecting the nature and, at the same time, the fishes, because I’m a supporter of „catch&release”. I’m so proud because I have never killed a fish.

Do you have some new collaborations for the new material? I know that on the last album you have a lot of big names like: Los Fastidios, Banda Bassotti…

We like collaborating with others musicians and artists of italian and international scene.
As preview for MPTY Zine I can reveal the featuring of the new album…Kino, lead-voice of the Arpioni ska-band, the powerful voice of Micky from NO RELAX (performing in a big-tunes cover-song), the great DJ and punk-singer Rude HI-FI, front-man of the amazing LA MAQUINA band. Last but not least, you can find in the album the featuring of our italian friend (but now based in Germany) Valerio, The Offenders front-man, a great ska band.
The previous collaboration with Offenders is „RUDE LEAGUE”, the split-album out now, and the tour across the Germany at the end of december.

Thanks for your time Ale and if you have something to add please do.

We thank you Mircea, for the support and the consideration you shown in our regards. I invite all of your followers to come on (on Facebook  as well) to keep up to date with new productions, tours and the news at-large.
Remember….the new album „LA RIVOLTA” by RedSka will be out in the first months of 2012…and published in Italy (by One Step Records), Germany (Mad Butcher Records) and Spain (by RedStar 73 Rec.)!
An ANTIFA hug from Italy.

Mirceone vs. Ale – December 2011

Interview: RedSka (combat ska punk-Italy)

I know RedSka from the first album and they catch me with their sound and message, they are working on something new and Fra have the amabillity to speak with us…enjoy!

MPTY ZINE: Hey Fra. What’s up?

REDSKA: Hello Mircea, everything is alright, we’re very busy at the moment, the summer of 2011 will be a very important one for us.

I heard some news about Redska. Are you preparing something new??

That’s correct, we’re in fact working at our third album. After a period of approximately one year, during which we dedicated our energies writing new songs and keeping track of the pre-production of the album, we’re now actually in studio (Atomic Studio) to record it. You’ll be able to listen to the first new songs from winter 2011, when we’ll release the first single. We’re positive it won’t disappoint you.  😉

How are things going with One Step records?

The relationship with our label is fairly peculiar, as it’s managed by a part of RedSka themselves, namely me in collaboration with Ale Il Duca (singer of RedSka and founder of One Step Records). This is quite useful in helping us to coordinate the promotional work and be sure the band initiatives are given the right importance. In general, this year One Step is busy with quite a few project, for example NH3 (ska-core) and Jolebalalla (reggae roots) that are having a good reception, we’re happy.

About RedSka how things going with concerts?

The gigs are being great and the audience is very receptive and supportive. Obviously the people that listens to us supports us both coming at the concerts and buying the merchandise. Outside of Italy (Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Croatia, etc.) the scene is very very receptive and attentive towards bands as we are, but also in Italy we’re having  increasing support.

I know that you are listening a lot of great bands, what new bands do you recommend me?

It’s true, playing with RedSka and working at the label we get to hear very many different bands, live and recorded. I’d recommend you NH3, Jolebalalla, The Offenders, Irie Revoltes and Russkaja.

Please make me a top 10 of your favorite bands

This is really a very difficult question to be answered.. but let’s try. Without a particular order I’d say: Bob Marley, Ska-P, Manu chao, Irie Revoltes, The Clash, Los Fastidios, Banda Bassotti, Mad Caddies, Reel Big Fish, Less Than Jake, Skatalites, Specials, Byron Lee, Ramones. But I’m sure I’ve overlooked too many others.

How was Rabbia e Liberta tour?

The “Rabbia e Libertà” tour is coming to the final stages. It’s been 4 years of uninterrupted tour, and I have to say that in these years, we drove loads of kilometers, played in great places and met a lot of great people having fun at our concerts. The outcome of this tour has been really great.

I saw a lot of newer bands began to approach ska or punk .. more or less good .. what do you think of the new bands?

In any case it is very very important that there are always new bands that are committed to ska, punk and reggae, musical genres that have a message of freedom and fight against prejudices in their core. We think it is always good and we also like to advice anyone of the young and new bands we meet: Keep believing in what you do 101% and keep trying, because there are always many difficulties and setbacks, and you need to be very motivated, committed and coherent to play these genres and to play in certain settings!

How much weighs in redska politics? Is redska a political band, and why?

RedSka are no doubt a “political” band or, better, a band that makes of his social and political belief a priority. We are musicians first of all, and we have the possibility to communicate with the aid of our music certain messages to a broad range of people. We chose with determination to carry the message of the struggles against fascisms, racisms and sexisms, towards the creation of a better world, with more freedom and less prejudices.
Artists singing only of love, sun and happiness  are already enough, we leave them with the majors.

Fra, please tell me what do you know about Romania and the scene over here?

We’ve played in many countries in Europe, unfortunately not in Romania yet. Hence, we have no first-hand experience of Romanian musical scene, but given what we hear and see through the web, it seems to us there is quite an interesting scene developing.

Thanks for your time and if you have something to add, please do it.

We thank you Mircea, for the support and the consideration you show in our regards. I invite all of your followers to come on and (on Facebook  as well) to keep up to date with new productions, tours and the news at-large.
An ANTIFA hug from Italy.

Mirceone vs. Fra august 2011

AMMONIAKA-new album!-30 agosto 2002

MPTY ZINE presents for Romania:

One Step Records brings out Ammoniaka’s first album. After seven years since the founding, the band releases its first album with trumpets. A mix of California skacore and a little hardcore and some rocksteady and traditional ska. The album is about youth’s problems, about the neverending struggle against all prejudice, about friendship and the attack the mass media takes against population, it’s a smooth irony for the „modern” culture amongst youth and other social categories. It’s an album full of skank, punk and rocksteady!
There is also a tribute to the Ramones in „i dischi del mio padre”, that’s definitely the best song on this album. It’s a good album also instrumentally speaking, with all the features it needs for a good skank, a powerful message and also great guests: redska or la braghe corte.
This is a band that gives you a great dose of adrenaline even in the first note of the first song, a band that created a very optimistic album in the same time.
You can order it at or you can visit Ammoniaka’s webpage ( This really is a must have for the genre’s followers.


1. 11:49:27 pm
2. I Dischi di mio padre feat. Victor (la braghe corte)
3. La teoria del matto
4. Non ce la faccio piu
5. 11:59:27 pm
6. 30 agosto 2002
7. Non riesco a restare
8. A4 di spade
9. Il resto non conta feat. Il Duca, De Veggent (redska) migliore non vince mai
11.Sara perche ti amo
12.Roxy bar
14.Luigi’s trip feat. Il Duca, De Veggent (redska)