Interview with Pete Devine of Pete’s Rock News and Views (http://petesrocknewsandviews.com)
PD: What type of artist are you?
S: Hello, we are Spektrvm. Thanos (vocals), George(Guitar), Nick(Guitar), Mike(bass), Lyo(Drums). Our music style can’t really be very specifically labeled. The most generic title would be Heavy Metal, but sometimes we are more Doom, sometimes more Progressive, more Folk, more Nu, Alternative, Modern and so on. It really depends on who is listening to it, and what comparisons their minds make while doing so.
PD: Tell us the brief history of yourself.
S: Mike(bass) and George(guitar) met in high school, and bonded over their shared love for music. They formed a cover band initially in 2016, but after a couple of years, they decided that it was time for original material. The members were the 4 current instrument players, 3 of whom were 15-16 years old, and a female vocalist. Then after a series of responsibilities’ shifting, the current and hopefully final vocalist joined in 2018, while the band underwent a series of substitutes, until finalizing back to the 4 initial and founding members and the 3rd in a series of lead singers.
PD: Who are your musical and non-musical influences?
S: Some of the musical influences we have noticed in our outcome, derive from Tool, Disturbed, Avenged Sevenfold, Metallica, Guns N’ Roses, Iron Maiden, Pearl Jam and a dozen other great artists, even outside of the Rock/Metal scene, that have left their small mark, translated in our work so far.
PD: What are your dreams and goals?
S: We want to play in the biggest of stages, and to share our music, craft, ideas with as many people as possible, spreading at the same time a message of unity through our songs, and hopefully even helping people through their own tough times in life.
PD: Who writes your songs, what are they about?
S: The bassist was initially the one who wrote the first couple of songs, until the current lead singer took over when he joined the ranks of Spektrvm. The messages in the first album are social. The album speaks about “things” that we consider to be wrong in our society, such as war, greed, vanity, church and state control over humans through the exploitation of their faith and beliefs, depression, abuse and more.
PD: How do you promote your band and shows?
S: We are working with a professional PR company, Angels PR music promotion in Greece for such purposes, and we make use of our social media pages, personal and the band’s as well. Also through interviews for magazines, webzines or even TV.
PD: What do you think about downloading music online?
S: Being completely honest, downloading music online is very standard in this day and age. Virtual sales are not the way for a band to make money to support its existence and cause. This comes from the support of the people that show up at lives, that buy merchandise or physical copies of the band’s albums etc. And it’s fine. Because you know that those people are really supporting you, and were not just bored and curious. Loyalty goes a long way.
PD: What song do you wish you’d written and why?
S: We wished he had composed and written bohemian rhapsody, because let’s face it, it’s one of the biggest tracks to have ever been recorded and introduced to the Rock stage.
PD: What are some of your pet peeves?
S: It depends on who you ask on a personal level. As a whole and as a band, we dislike people with patronizing or in other ways “bad” attitudes, or deals that happen and after a while they change parameters. Also being held on stand-by when we really need to have information/material delivered to us. You know. Basic stuff.
PD: What is your proudest moment in music?
S: We will tell you our second proudest moment in music, which is really a whole situation and not so much a moment. So, big bands and big magazines and producers gave good reviews on our debut album, people also seem to have a great aftertaste left, both from the album and our live shows, and that all led to an Epic Live show in January of 2023 at Temple Athens, where we had set the stage for an awesome night, with special effects such as dry ice, compressed gas pumps, robotic lights and even fire in the form of sparks raining down from the ceiling during the live. It was truly a spectacle to behold.
PD: So what are you working on at the moment?
S: We are currently working on our live show schedule for the rest of 2023, while writing new material to start recording a new album by the end of it. It’s going pretty well too. Soon we will have the basic forms of some new songs, and we’ll hit the studio once more.
PD: Tell us about your next shows and why we should be there.
S: We would have to say, that so far at least, it would be when we were announced to open for the Rockwave Festival of 2023 in Terra Vibe Park in Greece, on the 7th of July, opening for Deep Purple, Saxon, Asking Alexandria, As I Lay Dying and more. That really hit home, as we have grown up with these bands, and some of our parents even grew up with one those bands. And this is the proudest moment for us in music so far.
Band/Artist location – Perama, Greece
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