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R.O.T. (Revolution Of Two) – Interview


Interview with Pete Devine of Pete’s Rock News and Views (http://petesrocknewsandviews.com)

PD:  How would you describe yourself or your band as an artist?

R.O.T.: Something uncontrollable and ever-changing, we don’t even know what this band will be like in a year or two.

 

PD: Can you tell us briefly about your background – i.e. where you’re from, how you came to make music, etc.

R.O.T.: We come from Cassino, Italy, we both have always listened to music and strummed an instrument. I (Louis) have always loved music and everything that surrounds it, but only at 14/15 I realized that it was what I wanted to do as a job, without half measures, my future would have been music … so I met Eddy and after making several attempts with other musicians we decided to create this duo called R.O.T. (Revolution Of Two)

 

PD: Who and what inspires you to make music, both in terms of musical and other influences? What do you like to write about in your songs?

R.O.T.: The artist who inspired me the most from the beginning is Ronnie Radke of Falling In Reverse, it’s thanks to his music that I started to take this seriously.

I love his approach to music, his way of constantly changing genres without losing his personality.

Lately we have also been inspired by artists like Bring Me The Horizon, Within Destruction or

Paledusk, they all have in common that they always evolve.

Our range of subjects is very broad.

Initially we dealt with very introspective and philosophical issues …

Now we have a more direct approach, we express emotions as repentance and anger, without too much planning, it is all very direct and in favor of the musicality of the words.

We then filter everything through Japanese / Fantasy / Cyber settings

 

PD: What are your aspirations as an artist?

R.O.T.: The aspirations of R.O.T. are reaching as many audiences as possible, create our solid fan base, travel the world with our music, evolve without ever ceasing to experiment and do this as your main job.

Personally, I also have a passion for production and I hope to parallel this work of mine with the band, as I get bored easily, I really enjoy collaborating and producing other artists.

 

PD: What is the proudest moment in your music career so far?

R.O.T.: Basically our tour in Eastern Europe and all that surrounded the release of our latest album “Yomi No Kuni” the response was very good and we went from doing a couple of concerts a season in our area to having about 20 gigs right after the album’s release, scattered between southern and northern Italy and eastern Europe.

 

PD: Promoting one’s music is such a challenge these days, especially with so many new artists emerging from bedrooms in the day of the home studio. How is that going?

R.O.T.: It is very difficult, there are times when it seems that your music is invisible to the rest of the world, often months of strategies turn out to be a failure, as on the contrary, sometimes risky and unthinkable moves turn out to be a great thing.

We go up and down, but we don’t rely too much on numbers (views, followers, etc.) what we are trying to do is create a solid FRIENDS fan base with whom we form real relationships.

 

PD: And how do you book and promote your live shows and tours? Any performances coming up?

R.O.T.: When we want to play in Italy we start looking for available venues and we organize the show by phone without a manager or anything like that ..

When we want to play outside Italy we talk to our promoter Graziano from Vault Lab and he helps us to understand with which booking collaborate.

For the moment we are exhausted, we have finished a summer of 20/25 shows (it was the first time for us), we only have a couple more shows scheduled after which we would like to go back to the studio to work on new things.

 

PD: What do you think about downloading music online? What about streaming sites like Spotify?

R.O.T.: It’s a really useful but dangerous thing, allows us to be heard from all over the world with a click, but at the same time I believe that people focus less and less on something because we are getting used to using artistic material more and more quickly (music, films, video games) having thousands of things available, the single work is less and less appreciated

 

PD: What song do you wish you’d written and why?

R.O.T.:  Uhh very INTERESTING question!

I think something like “Mother Tongue” by Bring Me The Horizon or “Right Throught Me” by “The Home Team”. the first because it is something very distant from the music we do now and it would be really a challenge to be able to compose a song so different from our usual and have the COURAGE to release it and perform it, because this is our challenge and Bring Me The Horizon are an example for this, they have always dared and have always known how to do ANYTHING.

And then, fun fact, when that song came out I hated it XD I was the classic metalhead who did not accept upheavals and innovations and therefore it would be a challenge for me, for us, to do a song like this.

The second song, for the same reason, but also has a lot of energy that would be nice to bring to a stage, not one of the coolest choruses ever heard

 

PD: Is there anything you don’t like about the music industry, which you would change if you could?

R.O.T.: I don’t like EVERYTHING about the “metal” music industry in Italy, from record labels, to show management in clubs, to cheap promoters. it’s a horrible world that I’m getting to know lately, for me it could even disappear from one day to the next, nothing would change.

In fact we R.O.T. we are slowly moving away from this world, performing with rappers and entering festivals and contexts totally distant from metal, such as indie and rap … and it seems that the public accepts us much more than the Italian metal fan base.

sorry for the outburst XD

 

PD: So, what are you working on at the moment?

R.O.T.: HEHE

There are some new instrumentals, already ready.

We need to understand when to release them so as not to overwrite the promotion of the album .. besides there are also several features and collaborations that will be released soon!

 

PD: Where can we learn more about you and buy your music/merch online?

R.O.T.: Everything about us can be found on our instagram page @we_are_rot and on our youtube channel EFTM Crew, where we publish new content weekly Our clothing brand is located on

https://eftm-store.company.site/

You can also buy cds and songs on bancamp

https://eftmcrew.bandcamp.com/

Thank you very much for this space!

We hope you will like our Yomi No Kuni!

R.O.T. (Revolution Of Two) links:
Band/Artist location – Cassino, Italy
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