Andy Rocks: The interview (English Version)

  • Hi! How are you? Thank you for taking the time for answering our questions!

Hi everybody, it’s my pleasure!

  • Congrats for the last EP! So far how has the general reaction been? Have the fans and press liked it?

Thank you!Well, we got many positive reactions about the songs and the style of rock we play. You can find some nice reviews on the internet.

  • “Porcelain Heart” came out exactly as you wanted or, listening now, would you change a thing or two?

This EP wascompletely done by the band itself, there was no producer and also the mixing and mastering was done by our bass player. I think we can really be satisfied with the result and I wouldn’t change it in general.

  • What’s the main difference between you and the typical hard rock bands?

I’d say the main difference is we don’t focus on doing exactly one direction of rock.In our today’s music scene, there are many bands who play exactly one subgenre of rock and all the songs and records sound very similar. Our upcoming album has many sides. There are some hard rock songs, but you can also find bluesy influences, American influences and also pop. It has some old school vibes but it sounds very modern at the same time. I don’t like the thought of being forced to do only one specific thing.

  • What are you addressing here, lyrically?

The EP Porcelain heart deals a lot with feelings and broken relationships as you can easily notice in the titles; things most of us get through during our lives.

  • The band’s name is just your name. Why?

Yeah that’s because I didn’t really know if it would be a full bandat the time when it started.It could also have been a solo project.The name simply says what I intended to do. With the current line-up we have three Andys now, one on guitar, one on bass and me 😊

  • With the pandemic situation, how do you promote the EP?

In the current situation the only way is to do it online. You can’t play live, you can’t make plans concerning future concerts. But that is the way it is, we will see what happens this year.Let us hope for the best and that we can play some shows as soon as possible.

  • What are your main influences?

This is a question I’ve been asked very often😊It started with the Bon Jovi album These Days back in 1996 when I fell in love with that record and I wanted to sing in a rock band.This recordroused my passion for making music and then I bought a lot of Hard Rock CDs (Aerosmith, Guns ‘n’ Roses, Metallica and so on).

  • If you could organize a tour with the best bands of today’s hard rock, what would these bands be?

I would choose Alter Bridge and Black Stone Cherry.

  • Germany is very strong in power and thrash metal with many awesome bands. But what about the hard rock scene in particular?

I think the real hard rock and rock scene is constantly shrinking.There arevery big festivals, that is true. But the smaller locations have not so many visitors anymore when they organize live concerts.And I fear that some of those clubs will not survive the corona crisis as well. Hopefully people will appreciate live music events more after such a long period without them.

  • What do you do when not playing or doing Andy Rocks stuff?

I work as a teacher (now from Home Office). In my free time I like spending time outside, swimming, cooking, from time to time painting.

  • Do you listen to other genres outside of hard rock and metal? What “outside” bands do you listen to?

I like Emmylou Harris very much (she’s a really famous American country singer) and also Sheryl Crow or Chris Stapelton. I have some records of Ryan Adams as well.

  • Any last words for our readers?

Yeah, I want to thank everybody who supports us and supports our music!We will release a new record this year. The new lyric video “Look at what we’ve done”has been released last week, so check it out!

Again, thanks for your time and stay safe!

Peppy Panou

Don’t Stop Here

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