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￼￼￼￼￼Tell us a bit about yourself?
We're a London based underground band.Its been one year since we started to work on this project. Rokyøøt is a crossover band,we try to mix the energy of alternative rock,the rhythm of Urban rap with the add of electronic and classical string arrangements on top.The result is a fresh new sound which blends all our music influences.Bands like Massive Attack,The Streets,The Verve,White Stripes...All is mixed in a crazy cocktail and the result is "Rokyøøt"
There are a lot of emerging artists in the UK right now. What sets you apart from the rest?
What we're trying to create is something completely new.There's so much music out there,It's incredible!Everybody is creating music and uploading it on internet.Thats a good thing but it's also a double edge sword..Its easier for bands to promote (to a certain degree) their projects but to take their music to the next level? Thats the most difficult thing.We're aware of that situation,thats why we were really determined from day one to try to bring something new to the music scene.Nothing on Rokyøøt follows a formula,our line up doesn't even have a drummer,we use drum machines/loop stations and a laptop (the rest is live).For us was very important to mix a bit of fun,emotion,'out of the box attitude' and energy to our live shows
What’s your back-story?
All artists are creative,emotional and (sometimes) troubled people.The two main songwriters of 'Rokyøøt' are Rocky and me (Yøøt).We're two peculiar characters with 'shaky" personal lives.I started to create the music for our album after a personal crisis I suffered last year.I was at my lowest point in years and music was the only way to transform all that negative energy into something positive.Rocky was there to add meaning and words into the picture.Music is a real blessing and a cursed at the same time,musicians find very difficult to adapt themselves to normal jobs,you always carry that feeling deep inside of you,but its also a blessing.Its like taking medication when you feel depressed,it really boosts your soul.
What are you working on at the moment?
At the moment we're gigging to promote our first single 'My Statement'.Our priority is to play as much as possible to let people to listen to what we're trying to create.Our label (Independent Buzz Records) is pushing us to finish our second single.We want to take some time off in July to start recording it. We're planning to add a big orchestra on our track and that requires a lot of work in the studio.We're really excited about this song,when you record with a big orchestra,everything sounds emotional and epic (we really love that). So the plan is to gig,record and go out there to spread the word...next year we'll release our debut album and we want all the pieces of the puzzle together.
What's the first song you remember hearing?
The first song I remember hearing was The Police' Every Breath you take'. That track is so good! perfect production and very clever arrangements.To write a tune like this, you must be (and feel) on a higher level of inspiration.
You're in a Karaoke Bar - What's your go to song?
Probably my fav karaoke tune would be "Don't look back in Anger'. Oasis was an amazing band,they really kicked asses and influenced a lot of people. Noel Gallagher is a genius!
What was the first gig you went to?
My first proper gig was The Rolling Stones in 1994, they really rocked! I still remember the energy they transmitted on stage...Real wild guys.
Which song do you wish you'd written?
Wow,thats a difficult one..I can't give you only one but maybe 3?...it would be Police' Every breath you take' Oasis 'Don't look back in Anger' and The Verve' Bitter sweet symphony'
Which song changed your life?
That would be the first track I listened to when I was 4...'Every Breath you take'
Which song would you like played at your funeral?
That would be different...I would choose the main theme Ennio Morricone wrote for 'Once upon a time in the West' that song is out of this world.
What song is stuck in your head right now?
Right now,I am listening to Massive Attack' Unfinished Sympathy' what a song, the strings are incredible!
What was the first Album you bought?
My first cd was Queen' Greatest hits' I used to have tapes and loads of crappy recordings but that was the first cd I wanted to buy.
Which song made you want to play music?
Oasis set really pushed my desire to create original songs and perform live.There's something really emotional about 90's music in Uk (of course 60's 70's and even 80's as well) but guitar bands during the 90's were the real deal and I was dying to be like one of them.