What inspired you to first start making music? And how did you come to be in your current incarnation? Or if you prefer, a brief bio about you.
Pretty Far is the evolution of Ivan’s first musical project, “Vanbags”. The group is made up of two components: Ari for the vocal part and Ivan who plays all the instruments and takes care of the composition and production.
Provide us with some info about your latest release…
Our latest single “Reason” has a highly personal lyrical content and is stylistically a little less rock than previous releases.
Which ones would you consider your main influences both music-wise & non-music-wise?
It is difficult to identify a group that has tangibly influenced our sound. Let’s say rather that it is a set of influences that we have collected to arrive at an original and very personal sound.
In what way does your sound differ from the rest genre-related artists/bands and why should we listen to your music? In other words, how would you describe your sound?
I think Pretty Far manages to combine very different characteristics. On the one hand, an almost folk music that has underneath an alternative / rock vein that emerges with sudden flashes. I think the vocal part is also particular, which is often only hinted at and seems almost discursive.
Please name your 3 desert islands albums, movies & books…
TALK TALK – SPIRIT OF EDEN
DINOSAUR JR – FOSSILS
AC/DC – HIGH VOLTAGE
Dead Poets Society
any James Ellroy book
Do you prefer studio or performing live and why?
With the current line up it is much easier for us to play in the studio. To be able to perform live we need to use other instrumentalists.
Is there any funny-unique story you would like to share with us, always in relation to your music ‘career’?
Well, a curious thing is our first demo. We sent it to a record company in Milan. After a few days we received an email in response in which they congratulated because the joke had turned out well! I don’t know who they thought sent them the demo but we were stunned. We are still waiting for an answer to find out if they liked the song at least !!!!
Which track of your own would you point out as the most unique and why?
I think the song that best represents us is “Raindrops” with its bitter streak but it has a rock tension that always remains under the skin.
Would you like to share with our readers your future plans?
We have released 5 singles and we are finishing two more songs that will be ready I think in January. Let’s see if we will release an album by the middle of next year.
Free question!!! (Ask yourself a question) you wish to answer and haven’t been given the opportunity…
Who takes care of your videos and promotional material?
We personally take care of all the graphics. The videos are made using a personal computer in the living room. Even the covers of our songs are made with graphics programs in a very artisanal way.
Curated by: Christos Doukakis
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