EMQ’s with GRANDE FOX
Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview, with Thessaloniki, Greece based Psychedelic Heavy Stoner Rock band, Grande Fox. Huge thanks to them for taking part.
What is your name, what do you play and can you tell us a little bit about the history of the band?
We are Grande Fox; we play Psychedelic Heavy Stoner Rock. Nevertheless, listeners always find a lot of evidence from other genres and this is because the band leaves open the possibility of experimentation when creating new material as long as it always has something essential to say and represent.
The band has so far created 4 recordings during the six years of active presence, the LP “Space Nest” (2016), the EP “Kulning” (2018), the Single ‘Documento’ (2019) and LP “Empty Nest” (2021).
How did you come up with your band name?
The idea of the name is a combination of admiration of the fox and the way of survival in nature but also the way of hunting its prey and at the same time the great spirit that characterizes us as people, as a company, as a brotherhood with high goals and creativity that sometimes it floods our minds and we get to the point where we push ourselves hard enough to choose the final forms of our projects.
What country/region are you from and what is the metal/rock scene like there?
We are from Greece, Thessaloniki. The truth is that in recent years, in Greece, a stoner rock community has been created around new and old bands in their majority, independent of record companies. An underground music world. We believe that it is still in its infancy and has not known its peak but is heading there.
What is your latest release? (Album, EP, Single, Video)
Our latest release is the LP “Empty Nest” which is accompanied by three videos, two videoclips for ‘Manganite’ and ‘Rottenness Of Youth’ and a lyric video for ‘Hangman’.
‘Manganite’ (Official Video)
Rottenness Of Youth’ (Official Video)
‘Hangman’ (Lyric Video)
Who have been your greatest influences?
Many artists influenced us and for sure we would need 10 pages to name them all. From Black Sabbath to Guns n’ Roses, from Rage Against The Machine to Fever 333, from Audioslave to Linkin Park, from Pink Floyd to Pearl Jam even from Marilyn Manson to Tool, Limp Bizkit to Deftones and the list goes on and on and on…
What first got you into music?
Passion and a strong need of expression especially in harsh times like these. Music is our way out. It is the gate of light in times full of darkness, is the redemption from the slavery of misery but above all modern and “easy” life.
If you could collaborate with a current band or musician who would it be?
From our country that would probably be Planet of Zeus, 1000mods, Vic, Narcosis, Dendrites and many other big bands.
And from abroad we would love to collaborate with bands such as Clutch, Monster Magnet, Godsmack, TruckFighters, My Sleeping Karma and truly many many more.
If you could play at any festival in the world, which would you choose and why?
Historically speaking that would be the first Woodstock Festival but as long as this is not a possibility anymore we would say Hellfest Open Air Festival and UK’s Download Festival.
What’s the weirdest gift you have ever received from a fan?
Some piece of Rasta Hair from a crazy dude who’s said to be a magician…That was a bit creepy and scary but kinda funny too.
If you had one message for your fans, what would it be?
Many of our songs hide messages either lyrically or visually.
We believe in the complexity and diversity between people and we are ideologically and artistically opposed to any fascist or racist culture and ideology.
If you could bring one rock star back from the dead, who would it be?
That would certainly be Chris Cornell!!!
What do you enjoy the most about being a musician? And do you hate?
What we enjoy most is the union of the frequencies that we emit the moment we play. Something magical happens when you let the music seduce you in this way. You radiate energy and feel in tune with the others next to you. It is an alternative form of communication. Common language for the whole world regardless of race, preferences and specialties. It is the common denominator that unites us and we like that most of all.
What we do not like at all is the jealousy of other musicians in our underground community. Sometimes the lack of respect they give birth to with ugly behaviour and the selfish element within them that does not allow them to accept something new and innovative. The new authentic wave of music that often comes from the same feelings or experiences that are the cause and for themselves to write music.
What they need to understand is that we have entered a new era of consciousness and understanding and that, whether they like it or not, leads to a greater artistic flourishing. Such attitudes and behaviour do not suit us and do not represent us.
If you could change one thing about the music industry, what would it be?
Streaming royalties need to be fair and distributed fairly. Streaming services are doing worse damage to revenue than we could have ever imagined with paid downloads.
We are now reaching the point of the “Spigot” business where the anticipated future of media distribution was all some form of streaming. And the current business model is not growing with the times.
Name one of your all-time favourite albums?
Linkin Park – “Reanimation”
What’s the best? Vinyl, Cassettes, CD’s or Downloads?
Downloads are more practical and fits better in our way of living nowadays but Vinyl is absolutely more sentimental and valuable to use, it connects you to another era, a period that changed everything full of light and inspiration. We also like cassettes and CD’s too because we have connected their existence with memories we had when we were kids.
What’s the best gig that you have played to date?
That’s a tough answer to give because every concert gave us something to remember. Probably we would say our gig in Germany at Blackland a live stage, one of the oldest in Berlin where we received such a great energy from the crowd that we’ll never forget. The vibe, the response of the people and their admiration they showed to us was a unique experience.
If you weren’t a musician, what else would you be doing?
Probably professional athletes. The mindset on what we do as an indie band and what athletes do to achieve goals is very similar . Discipline , Dreams , Goals, Strategy, Practice, Patience, Self-Sacrifice are just some of the many similar factors that an athlete and an indie band definitely share.
Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?
We don’t usually do dinner parties…but we love cocktail and beer parties! In that case we would love to drink some alcohol alongside Mike Shinoda, Zack de la Rocha, Tom Morello, Myles Kennedy and Flea.
What’s next for the band?
We are preparing new video clips with songs from our new album “Empty Nest” and we are under discussion for a series of live performances. As we have already started to generate new musical ideas for future projects.
What social media/website links do you use to get your music out to people?
Jaffa Cakes! Are they a cake or a biscuit?
Jaffa cakes are biscuit sized cakes ! So definitely it’s both!
Thank you for your time. Is there anything else that you would like to add?
We thank you a lot and we wish to all people prosperity and health.
Stay safe , stay strong and support community.
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