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.

When we started out in 2003 we were really into working out all the little details of a song, like dissecting the structure of a melody or creating a bunch of tiny situations between what the drums or guitars where doing. When we met though, there was always a kind of quiet, subtle chemistry going on between us that evolved into just wanting to vamp or improvise during rehearsals, it led us to usually prefer this approach to live shows or recording where we can throw our focus on energy and chemistry more than premeditated, or rehearsed ideas.

Provide us with some info about your latest release…

We recorded our new album “Mother” during a 10-day stretch inside the studio, we did go in there with a rough idea of what we were going for but it really just came together during those 10 days, we set everything up and just made it up as we went along, really. We always track the main instruments live, pulling a Glyn Johns’ on the drums with either the acoustic or electric guitar a few feet away, then we experimented with room mics and went for it.

Which ones would you consider your main influences both music-wise & non-music-wise?

Tell you the truth we don’t listen to anything in particular enough anymore to call it an influence. We always have music playing around the house, though, anything from jazz, Van Morrison, to the likes of Thee Oh Sees, or some of what our peers are doing in the local scene. Our daughter’s almost 3 now and likes listening and dancing to it all, kind of like how we grew up, there was always a lot of music playing at home.

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?

Music’s pretty subjective, the easiest way to describe our sound would probably be to say we like melody and improvisation, with a tendency for keeping it rough around the edges rather than polished.

Please name your 3 desert islands albums, movies & books…

Albums –
“Pet Sounds” Beach Boys
“Bringing It All Back Home” Bob Dylan
“Too Much Too Soon” New York Dolls

Movies –
Teen Wolf (1985)
Kill Bill 1 or 2, but preferably 2
The Truman Show

Books –
“A Season In Hell” Arthur Rimbaud
“Junkie” William S Burroughs
and a boxful of Cracked magazine

Do you prefer studio or performing live and why?

It used to be both, but we go through phases. Studio’s always been about the creative process whereas performing was more an emotional release. It’s been all about the studio for us these last years, you can trip out to it pretty hard under the right circumstances. As for shows, we haven’t really felt that intense urge to perform for a while now, we’ll probably get out there again when we do, even for just a few quick gigs somewhere in front of 5 or 10 people, until then though we’re not looking to play anywhere.

Is there any funny-unique story you would like to share with us, always in relation to your music ‘career’?

Nothing specific comes to mind right now.

Which track of your own would you point out as the most unique and why?

Absolutely no idea.

Would you like to share with our readers your future plans?

Drink lots of water.

Free question!!! (Ask yourself a question) you wish to answer and haven’t been given the opportunity…

Why did the chicken cross the road?

Cos that’s what The Beatles did.

Photo credits: George Kyliakoudis

Curated by: Christos Doukakis

Recommended listening:

.

.

.

Connect with The Velvoids: