Red Spektor – Interview
Interview with John– Guitar, Jonny – Drums and Rob– Bass Guitar of Red Spektor and Pete Devine of Pete’s Rock News and Views (http://petesrocknewsandviews.com)
PD: What type of artist are you?
John: We’re a psychedelic heavy rock band
Rob: that and we are relentless and loud
PD: Tell us the brief history of yourself.
RS: We started in 2013, have released our EP which helped us gain momentum and our debut album quickly followed, released by Kozmik Artifactz. We’re now about to release our second album also through Kozmik titled ‘Heart of the Renewed Sun’ on the 2nd October
PD: Who are your musical and non-musical influences?
John: Bands and artists from the late 1960’s and early 1970’s, but people list Barney Bubbles, Huntress Thompson and Jack Kerouac, people that I believe follow their own belief and path.
Rob: For me its players like Les Claypool of Primus, or bands like Pearl Jam. Like John said, people or bands that make their own path and way through life.
PD: What are your dreams and goals?
John: Kind of doing it now. Being in a band is a dream.
Jonny: 101 or more with 6 darts
Rob: lol I’d prefer the bendy bully. But for me it would be to be in Red Spektor full time, touring writing, 24 hour access to a studio, then touring the world
PD: Who writes your songs, what are they about?
Rob: We just jam and when a riff sticks then we work it into a song. Then John writes the words and we have a song.
John: The songs are about things I’ve read or seen, a social commentary if you will. Everything from the modern love in todays society to anguish around compliance to the powers that be.
PD: How do you promote your band and shows?
John: Online, posters, word-of-mouth, our fanbase the Red Spektators.
Rob: we use the usual sites, Facebook, Instagram, our own website www.redspektor .com. We could be more prolific on all of them but we do OK.
PD: What do you think about downloading music online?
Jonny: I don’t like it, I think music downloads should be like Mission Impossible, where it self destructs after a few listens. I think there’s nothing like a hard copy vinyl record in your hand. That and the excitement of going to a record shop.
John: you’re right, you would go to a record shop and meet people who would recommend stuff you hadn’t heard of it was like a rite of passage.
Rob: Where as I’m pro downloads, or I guess streaming, as I think we have the best of both worlds, I can stream a song and I can hold a vinyl album
John: But I think there’s almost too much, you can find anything these days just by looking on your phone, it’s lost its value
PD: What song do you wish you’d written and why?
John: Dear Mr Fantasy by Traffic.
Jonny: Unfinished Symphony Massive Attack
Rob: this is a tough question. I think you listen to a song differently when you’ve written it. So it could spoil the tune. So with that in mind I always admired I Want You (She’s So Heavy) by the Beatles, just for for its groove and its awesome arrangement, even the keys are cool.
PD: What are some of your pet peeves?
John: Poseurs, people that care more about looking good than sounding good.
Rob: I think I’d have to agree, I think this is a peeve in every area of life. That and faffing about.
John: Unwashed microphones that smell of arse.
PD: What is your proudest moment in music?
Jonny: Being accepted by Red Spektor was it for me.
Rob: Lol, you say that now! Give it a few months!!
John: For me it’s creating great honest music with good friends.
Rob: Hell yeah, then feeling proud about what we’ve achieved by just doing what we do.
PD: So what are you working on at the moment?
John: Our third album
Rob: definitely, that and the release of our second album to be released on the 2nd October through Kozmik Artifacts. So we’re also about to release the first single for the album and we have a couple of music videos out soon.
PD: What music have you available online and where can we buy it from?
John: Our EP and debut LP are still are available via our Bandcamp page — red-spektor.bandcamp.com. Our second album will be available at our labels online shop — kozmik-artifactz.com
Rob: that and most online stores, iTunes Spotify etc.
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