Peculiar Three – Interview
Interview with Pete Devine of Pete’s Rock News and Views (https://petesrocknewsandviews.com)
PD: What type of artist are you?
PT: Hi Pete and thanks for having us! We are the “peculiar three”, an alternative metal / prog / heavy rock trio from Livadia city – Greece. Analytically, it’s Valantis Dafkos on lead & backing vocals and Bass, Panos Karkanas on guitars and keys, Paris Gatsios on drums.
PD: Tell us the brief history of yourself.
PT: It all started at the end of 2013, when we decided that playing in a cover band was just not enough for us and formed a “vessel” in which we could be ourselves as musicians and lyricist, as well as enjoy creating something from scratch!
PD: Who are your musical and non-musical influences?
PT: Since we all “raised” musically in the ‘90s, the rock and metal influences of that period are subconsciously present in our music, although our personal preferences seem to differ between us! Non-musical, we’re huge fans of literature, theatre and cinema!
PD: What are your dreams and goals?
PT: As a band, we’d like to see our music travel throughout the world!
PD: Who writes your songs, what are they about?
PT: The music is usually a collaboration between Panos (mainly) and Valantis, whereas Valantis writes all the lyrics. Our songs are stories often based on certain thoughts or inspired by pop culture and end up being their own entities in an astral plane!
PD: How do you promote your band and shows?
PT: We ‘re currently under the wing of Angels.gr PR agency, which turn out to be wonderful people in addition to great professionals!
PD: What do you think about downloading music online?
PT: For better or worse it’s the reality these last few years and we have no quarrels with it! The purpose is to spread the music worldwide, the medium is of minor importance . We believe that people will continue to buy cds and vinyls, just as they will continue to buy books in physical form as well as read them in e-book readers, it’s just a different mean to the same purpose! Of course, as romantics ourselves, we’re going to print our LP on cd format, so everyone can enjoy the beautiful artwork along with the music!
PD: What song do you wish you’d written and why?
PT: We’re all teachers in the band – elementary, high and music! That said, we wish we’d written “Another Brick in the Wall (Part 2)” by Pink Floyd, because we support its meaning and try to make a difference for our pupils.
PD: What are some of your pet peeves?
PT: In Frank King’s interpretation of pet peeves… we’re not sure we have any, although we should better ask people that worked with us during the recordings, haha!
PD.What is your proudest moment in music?
Together and as individuals we’ve played gigs from small bars to big festivals and we treasure each and every moment of them. But “proud” is a strong and demanding word, only to put together with the highest of moments, which for us was the composition and recordings of our own music!
PD: So what are you working on at the moment?
PT: We have just released our album “Leap of Faith” on Bandcamp and soon we will release our first video clip!
PD: Tell us about your recording sessions and the people you worked with.
PT: The recordings of an album and the artwork is a great but also hard procedure for which you need the right people beside you, to get it done as it should be! Thus, album credits are for us essential to mention: Vocals, Guitars (distorted), Bass and Drums recorded at Locomotive Sound studio (Lamia, Greece) by Ektoras Sohos. Guitars (clean) recorded at One Take Recordings (Thiva, Greece) by Vagelis Katsampekis. Keys recorded at Saint George studio (Agios Georgios Viotias, Greece) by Panos Makoulis. Mixed, Produced and Mastered at Locomotive Sound studio (Lamia, Greece) by Ektoras Sohos. Special Guests: Panos Makoulis (orchestration & arrangement on “Caliban’s End”), Mantis Savvidis (solo saz on “Innermost”). Artwork and Layout by Sotiris Kotsonis. Photo by Dimitris Matsotas, Photo Edit by Sotiris Kotsonis.