The Kanz take on the A-Z challenge

Our A-Z challenge is a fun way to get to know the many bands and artists out there. Here it’s the turn of Fabio Nania, vocalist and guitarist of The Kanz to tell us all about the band.

A song that made you want to make music?

The Hell Song” by Sum 41

Best rider you’ve ever had?

Fiat Panda Car

Craziest thing you’ve experienced in the band?

Winning a metalcore contest competition while being the only pop punk band on the bill

Deepest lyric one of your songs features?

You think it’s like a crime to cry the tears you hold back and all the pain you hide keeps on burning. Excuse me do you mind? I am jealous of my demons I wanna get them high dancing on the floor (from The Kanz – “Take it All” – 2020)

Easiest song you wrote?

None. If it’s too easy to write I get bored making it haha

Favourite song in your set?


Guest you’d most like to feature on your record?

Christina Aguilera

Hardest thing about being in a band?

Being a singer, a guitar player, a songwriter, a producer, a promoter, a manager, a leader, a booking agent, a publisher, a bank, an influencer, a social media manager, an digital marketer while still having a social life and not going completely insane.

Interesting fact about one of your members?

Before coming to London and starting the band, Fabio Nania (lead singer/guitar player) was working as a musical theatre performer in summer resorts across all Europe and playing pantomimes for kids in Italy.

Jokes you have in the band?

Every gig we play we throw foam boomerangs to the crowd to see if they can catch them. That’s kind of our “tradition” ritual.

Key to writing a song?

It’s not too complicated to write a song really. It’s not a magical skill that only some people have. All you have to do is to actually make time for it and let the flow of creativity get you. The reason why some people struggle with songwriting is because they don’t dedicate enough time to it. Also, I like to write in D. Just like Hans Zimmer ahah

Longest distance you’ve travelled to play a show?

From London to Rotherham

Most inspiring musician you’ve experienced?

Billie Joe Armstrong

New band you’d recommend?


Opening for this band would be ideal?

Hell Yeah

Place you’d most like to tour?

The US, especially California.

Quote you’d like to pass on to our readers?

“At the end of the day, let there be no excuses, no explanations, no regrets.”

Reason for the title of your recent/forthcoming release?

Stoned is a declaration of love made by a very shy and insecure teenager who can’t really express his feelings as they really are, and instead, prefers to create an avatar of himself: invincible and desirable in the eyes of the world, in an attempt to hide what is really happening under the surface. This continuous “faking himself” makes him feel Stoned. And that’s the reason for the title of the song.

See us live at?

London, crappy music venues mostly.

The old days of music were better than the current, do you agree?

No I don’t. I think there are amazing artists and bands out there nowadays. The only problem is that today there are so many artists (good and bad) publishing music on streaming music platforms that sometimes you need to dig through a lot of shitty music before discovering the actual good songs. It takes a bit of research, of course. But it’s worth it.

Unusual merchandise?

Foam Boomerangs! And that’s because I (Fabio) used to work in a toy shop a few years ago as a toy demonstrator.

Variations you’d like to do of any of your songs?

I wouldn’t change anything in the arrangement, songwriting, lyrics of the songs we published but perhaps I would do a remix/remaster of the first singles we released. And that’s just because at the time we were still figuring out which were the best people to work with.

What do your fans mean to you?

I love to hear from fans who send me messages saying how my music change their lives or it made them feel less alone, or it made them feel part of something bigger, or that it made them feel a strong emotion. I think it’s the biggest satisfaction for me as an artist. And it motivates me doing what I do.

X-rays or any treatments needed for band related injuries?

No, I think we are all good and healthy.. For now!

You’re late for a show, whose fault is it?

The bass player. It’s always the bass player’s fault

Zoo animal that best describes the personality of your band?

A Cheetah. Because they are cute but lethal. And they also run around fast as f**k , which I usually do as well when I am playing on stage. It’s my weekly workout!

Elizabeth Birt

April 27, 2022

Band management assistant. Goth princess and lover of all things music and sport.


View all author posts