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 Grčki psihodelični stoner čarobnjaci NAXATRAS baš vole da sviraju u Srbiji . Čeka nas veliko uživanje u Fabrici, a posredstvom organizatora koncerta Milana Rakića, uspeli smo da proćaskamo malo sa članovima benda. O čemu smo razgovarali možete pročitati u sledećim redovima : 

  • Bend u formi trija je za mene esencija rokenrola. Ipak, možete li samo vas trojica da iskažete sve što bi hteli u vašim pesmama ?

U većini pesama do sada, da, ali postoje momenti kada osetimo da postoji neko ko bi mogao da unapredi pesmu, ne ustručavamo se da uključimo i druge muzičare, kao na primer, u pesmama ” Evening Star” ili “Spring Song“. 

  • Grčka rock scena, pogotovo psych / stoner je neverovatno velika i jaka. Šta je to u Grčkoj što pogoduje takvom zvuku ?

Ne možemo reći zasigurno šta je razlog. Grčka je uvek bila idealno mesto za mistična iskustva. Eleusinske misterije su pravi primer. (Eleusinske misterije su bile inicijacijske ceremonije koje su se svake godine održavale među poklonicama kulta grčkih boginja Demetre i Persefone u Eleusini. Predstavljaju najpoznatiji i najvažniji od svih misterijskih kultova u antičko vreme, prim. Dotkom). Možda je to uticaj podneblja, možda je “kriza u Grčkoj” naterala dosta muzičara da “slede svoje snove”, a možda se i publika zasitila starog zvuka i počela da podržava scenu. Najverovatnije sve to zajedno.

  • Negde sam pročitao da “Naxatras ima basistu koji svira funk, jazz bubnjara i psihodeličnog gitaristu “. Je li to istina ?

Stvarno dobar komentar ! Ne mogu reći da je 100 % tačan, ali elementi svih tih nabrojanih žanrova čine našu muziku. 

  • U vašem zvuku nalazim uticaje Pink Floyda, Hawkwinda, Wishbone Asha. Grešim li ? Šta najčešće ,inače, slušate ?

Ne grešite. Svi ti bendovi su među našim omiljenim. Takođe puno slušamo klasične rok grupe kao što su The Doors, The Beatles, Black Sabbath, ali i mnogo drugačije i različite muzike, na primer, fank sedamdesetih ili elektroniku devedesetih godina prošlog veka. Sve zavisi od raspoloženja ili situacije u kojoj se nalazimo.

  • Kako nastaju vaše pesme ? Imate li poseban način ili kroz dugo “jamovanje” dolazite do rifova i harmonija ?

Naše pesme nastaju na različite načine. Nekad “džemujemo” do besvesti pa se iskristališe neka ideja, ponekad neko iz benda donese celu ili deo pesme pa je dorađujemo zajedno, a najčešće je istina negde između. Radimo kao bend zajedno na nekoj ideji dok ne shvatimo da je to ono pravo i da je pesma gotova.

  • Ponovo dolazite u Srbiju. To je već treći ili četvrti put ? Drago nam je što je tako. Znate li da imate dosta fanova ovde ?

Do sada smo u Srbiji svirali u Beogradu, Novom Sadu, Subotici i festivalima”Malomfestival” u Oromu kraj Kanjiže i “Mount Of Artan “na Rtnju. Sa ova dva koncerta u Srbiji ćemo svirati SEDAM ! puta.  Volimo vašu zemlju i publiku baš mnogo, uvek se stvori prava atmosfera na našim nastupima i preraste u jednu veliku prijateljsku žurku i to je razlog što uvek jedva čekamo da se vratimo u Srbiju.

  • Plašite li se da će vam “Half Gramme Of SOMA” ukrasti šou ?

Haha, ne plašimo se. Ti momci uvek daju sve od sebe na sceni i njihovi nastupi su uvek odlični, ali je njihova muzika drugačija od naše i publika sa dobrim ukusom to prepoznaje, tako da među nama nema takmičenja. 

  • Skoro ste izdali “Live Rituals in Gagarin 205” . Nisam imao prilike da ga slušam. Šta mi možete reći o tom albumu ?

“Live Rituals In Gagarin 205” je snimljen na našoj atinskoj promociji albuma “III” , ovog proleća, Taj lajv album ne uključuje ceo šou, samo pola tog koncerta, ali smo mislili da je to dobar način da nekako prikažemo šta se to dešava na našim svirkama.

  • Imate li već novih pesama ili makar skica istih u opticaju ?

Imamo nekoliko ideja, ali nas tek čeka rad na njima. Još to nisu gotove pesme. 

  • Šta nam možete obećati što se tiče nastupa u Beogradu i Novom Sadu ovih dana ?

To su uz Sofiju, naši poslednji koncerti na ovoj turneji i već 45 dana sviranja je iza nas. Uzbuđenje zbog završetka turneje je prisutno i očekujemo da to budu i najbolji koncerti na ovom našem putu na kojem predstavljamo album “III”

  • Hvala vam na izdvojenom vremenu…

Hvala i vama, živeli !

 


 

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Mystic experience of NAXATRAS (exclusive interview for DOTKOM)

  • A band in a form of trio is, for me, the rock-n-roll essence. However, can just the three of you express all you would like to in your songs?

In most of the songs until now, yes, but when we feel that someone else can contribute to the song too, like in “Evening Star” or “Spring Song”, for example, we don’t hesitate to include other musicians.

  • Greek rock scene, especially psycho/stoner is incredibly large and strong. What is it in Greece that favors that sound?

I can’t really say for sure. Greece always used to be a good place for mystical experiences, Eleusinian mysteries and so on. Maybe it’s because of the scenery or the weather, maybe because the “crisis” pushed many musicians to follow their dreams, maybe because the audience got tired of the same old trashy music and started to support the scene. All of these together probably.

  • I have read somewhere that “Naxatras has the bass player who plays funk, a jazz drummer and a psychedelic guitar player”. Is that true?

That’s a really nice comment! I wouldn’t say that it’s 100% correct though, elements of all these genres co-exist in all of us.

  • In your sound I find the influence of Pink Floyd, Hawkwind, Wishbone Ash. Am I mistaken? What do you most often and frequently listen to?

There’s definitely a big influence from them, they’re among our favorite bands. We also listen to a lot of classic stuff like The Doors, The Beatles, Black Sabbath, but also to different music, for example 70’s funk and 90’s electronica. Depends on the mood really.

  • How do your songs come to life? Do you have a special way, or through an extensive jamming you come to your riffs and harmonies?

Sometimes through free jamming, sometimes someone brings a more or less complete song, but usually something in between. We jam on an idea, everyone comes up with more ideas and we work on it until we feel that the song is ready.

  • You’re coming to Serbia again. It is the third or fourth time? We’re glad it is like that. Do you know you have a lot of fans here?

We have played in Belgrade, Novi Sad, Subotica, Mount of Artan and Malomfesztival, so with these two gigs we will have played seven gigs in total! We love the country and the crowd very much, it always feels like a big party among friends, that’s why we’re really looking forward to returning every time.

  • Are you afraid that “Half Gramme Of SOMA” might steal your show?

Haha, not really. The guys always deliver a killer show, but the music is quite different, so the audience gets a good taste from both styles, there’s no competition!

  • You have recently published “Live Rituals in Gagarin 205”. I didn’t have the chance to listen to it. What can you tell me about that album?

It was recorded in our album presentation for “III” in Athens, this spring. The album doesn’t include the whole of the show, only half of it, but we think it’s a good taste of what goes on in our concerts.

  • Have you already got some new songs, or at least sketches of them?

We do have a few sketches, but we haven’t really had the time to thoroughly work on them yet. We are looking forward to it.

  • What can you promise us for the shows in Novi Sad and Belgrade in these days?

They are the last shows of our tour, together with Sofia, so we’re going to have the whole 45 days of warming-up behind us, plus the excitement of the last gigs is always a good boost, so we hope these will be two of the best shows of this tour!

  • Thank you for your time…

Thanks you, cheers!