[Interview] Down with Purple Dino [GR]

Purple dino
Welcome to Downtuned. Tell us a few words about the group, when and where did you get started? How did you meet?
The band was formed in early 2013, and we had our first gig in April of that year, opening for Universe217. We actually know each other for a long time, but we did not realise that we all share the passion for playing music till our first rehearsal! Its funny, I know, but … Better late than never!!

Which are your musical influences?
Everyone in the bad has his own.. There is no standard answer in that one. Everyone likes a genre more than others. However we all love legends like Black Sabbath, Pink Floyd, Led Zeppelin and all those that made rock and metal what it is today. If you ask for favorite genres, well someone could say from heavy metal and thrash, till progressive rock, blues and heavy rock.. We also like some downtempo artists, electronic or trip hop, psychedelic trance and many more.. Don't ask! :D

What are your lyrics about? What catches your interest?
Most of our lyrics talk about stories that are not real. You could obviously say that there is a meaning behind a guy that wants to drink his ass off near the river, or a barman in the worst bar in Georgia, but no.. We love alcohol, we love rock, and we praise both, making stories around those two. We would say that those stories are funny from our point of view..!

Is the communication with the crowd something that you care about, in all levels, or do you do music for yourselves?
Those two are two different things. We really like to communicate with people, discuss ideas over different matters that including our music. Talking with people makes one more open minded, learning from each other, you know. As for the music, well if we do not approve our music then we don't play it. We play what we like, and we hope that others will like it too. There is nothing better than people grooving with you in a gig, singing lyrics, headbanging, giving you the energy to play.

Do you feel like you’re a part of a particular “scene” in which you would like to join and contribute or you are indifferent about it?
We are part of the greek rock scene, that we cannot deny. As every single band that plays music out there, so do we believe that we can add something to that called “rock history”, in our own way. Express our rock.

How do you imagine that the band will be in ten years from now?
I think that we will not change a thing. We will of course work on having some more LPs and EP s . Probably have more friends around Greece, and Europe. I think that we will continue playing in the same rehearsal room for a long long time, and keep driving the same car to the venues needed!

Which famous artist you would like to do a guest to a record of yours and why?
That's so hard to chose.. Personally, I would say that I would love to work with Christian Peters of Samsara Blues Experiment, so we could put down a great psychedelic song. You know, like the B-Rex is on drugs, not drunk..

What plans do you have for the near future?
We want to play our music in everywhere in Greece, so we can make sure everyone that likes rock in this side of the world has tried a drink or two in Jurassic Bar. We are already working on some ideas, putting down some new riffs and stuff, and we will probably try to make a split in the near future (can't say more yet!). That is all for the near future I think!

We wish you good luck to whatever you’re doing, the epilogue is yours.
Thank you for giving us the chance to share our thoughts with you and your readers! We hope we can see each and every one of you in a live gig soon! (Oh and also play a couple more gigs together Kavaldi !!! )

by Kavaldi

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