NAS 10 Questions with Ashtrace
This time, we get to know Ashtrace. Their track "Narwhal" is featured in the New Artist Spotlight Family of Playlists.
Giorgos Zacharopoulos: Songwriter, Lyrics, Guitar, Drums, Bass, Vocals, Producer, Engineer
Giorgos Kanellopoulos: Songwriter, Lyrics, Guitar, Vocals, Bass, Producer
Antonis Glynis: Lyrics, Vocals, Bass
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𝟭. Where are you from and what is your hobby?
All the band members are from Athens, Greece. We all study in university and our hobby is this band project which started in 2017.
𝟮. How did your get into music?
I always enjoyed listening to music and I was trying to form a band and create something since I was 16. (Giorgos Zacharopoulos, founder of the band) I played music with several bands for a few years, When I was around my 20s, I formed this band with my best friend Antonis Glynis and started writting my own music.
𝟯. Who are your biggest influences?
My biggest influences are bands like Joy Division, The Cure, The Smiths, Nirvana, David Bowie and more. The whole 80s post punk and new wave scene, especially in the UK, has been a huge influence.
4. What are your goals in the music industry?
Our goals in the music industry is to have a loyal fanbase, not necessarily big and be able to to do live gigs and make more music for as long as we can. We don't expect to have a career in music we just love to do it.
5. If you could choose a location to perform at, what would it be?
I think it would be a big club somewhere in London maybe. I prefer closed venues because I believe the music has a bigger impact for the audience, but London would be a dream location to perform.
6. What is your all-time favorite song?
That's a difficult one cause I don't have a single all-time favorite song but one of my all-time favorites is Some Girls Are Bigger Then Others by The Smiths. That guitar melody always inspires me.
7. Most embarrassing moment?
My most embarrassing moment I think was when I sung for the first time in front of people with my first band. I felt really uncomfortable and I hadn't practised at all. The result was not that bad but my vocals were kinda embarrassing.
8. Proudest accomplishment?
My proudest accomplishment is our debut album, Dog Kills Gun. I did the project thing in my basement with very cheap equipment and completely DIY. At the first stages of the production we didn't know what we were doing. We were just experimenting. Personally I didn't have a clue how to record or mix. I learned those things as we were making the album by myself and also ended up mastering the whole thing. The result was something that we were all proud of. It's not perfect sounding but it sounds like us in my basement and it has a it's own vibe.
9. What is something about you that might surprise someone who knows you the best?
Something that most people don't know or may not have noticed, is that all of the vocals in our album are doubled and in some tracks have more than three or four layers.
𝟭𝟬. What is your dream collaboration?
My dream collaboration would be with Kevin Parker. I really love his music and the way he makes it as well as his productions. I think we could make some really interesting stuff if we could work together.
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