R.U.S.T.X – Interview
Interview with Pete Devine of Pete’s Rock News and Views (http://petesrocknewsandviews.com)
Answers by: Peter Pan Xanthou (Guitars & Vocals)
PD: What type of artist are you?
PPX: Greetings. We are a Heavy Metal band.
PD: Tell us the brief history of yourself.
PPX: We are active since 2003. We were first called Flames in Ice, then R.U.S.T (releasing one EP and one full length). As of 2014 we are called R.U.S.T.X (releasing one EP and two full length albums). We are a family (in the literal sense), three brothers and a sister in a band. We have played with numerous bands and have played a lot of concerts in Cyprus and also abroad (including Greece, the U.K, Italy and France). Currently we are on tour promoting our latest album “Center of the Universe.”
PD: Who are your musical and non-musical influences?
PPX: Since we were kids we have been listening to Rock and Metal bands as well as Classical and Folk music, Blues and many more styles. Some of our common favourite bands are Rush, Led Zeppelin, Bad Company, Iron Maiden, AC/DC, Black Sabbath, Savatage, Riot, Triumph and many many more. We have a huge collection of Vinyl and CD at home and in our studio, which is actually located at the house where we grew up, our parents’ house.
PD: What are your dreams and goals?
PPX: Our dream is to travel around the world with our friends and families playing our music and telling our stories to the crowd. Stories from the past, from the history of our island, daily stories that every one of us has.
PD: Who writes your songs, what are they about?
PPX: We all participate in the composition of our songs. They are political, historical, everyday life situations, heroes, mythical and many more. With most of our songs we are trying to communicate a message to the listener. When you listen to our music check out our lyrics too, you ‘ll understand what we mean.
PD: How do you promote your band and shows?
PPX: Mostly by Facebook and our website. Also by mouth to mouth and through our students since some of us are actually music instructors.
PD: What do you think about downloading music online?
PPX: We think that technology has its bad and good things. You can listen/find anything in 2019 and you can promote yourself but most of the times good music is lost in the abyss of the internet.
We prefer buying LPs and CDs because we want to read the lyrics and the special thanks of the album. It also helps us to fully understand how each album was made and who else helped create the album (producers, artists, special guests, etc).
PD: What song do you wish you’d written and why?
PPX: There are so many but if we have to pick one it would be the entire Side A of 2112! The guys composed one of the most incredible songs of all time – “Attention all planets of the Solar Federation”!
PD: What are some of your pet peeves?
PPX: Laziness, bullying and criticising people without actually knowing them!
PD: What is your proudest moment in music?
PPX: “Center of the Universe”!
PD: So what are you working on at the moment?
PPX: Currently we are touring promoting our latest album. Also when we find free time we compose new material.
PD: Tell us about your next shows and why we should be there.
PPX: We have plenty of shows coming up. In France, Greece and many in our island of Cyprus.
You should see us on stage because one thing that we know we are truly good at is playing live. We really enjoy it and we use a lot of energy and passion because we are really having a great time on stage and are enjoying it tremendously. Unavoidably, that energy and passion as well as the enjoyment are transferred to the crowd. You will also hear us tell stories about songs that we wrote or the shows that we did through the years. Sometimes we might break or even burn things (true story).
Cheers from the Metal island of Cyprus!
Band/Artist location – Nicosia Cyprus
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