Look at me, doing another interview! I know I don't write too often yet, but I promised myself I will try my best to devote my precious time to music that really speaks to me. Music and musicians that I feel they need to be noticed and appreciated.
I met Apostolis and Yiannis in 2013, in one of Greece's most beautiful islands; Corfu. We were all studying music at the Music Department of the Ionian University. They were a couple of years older than me, but we ended up having some classes together because we had a common uni "pathway"; Jazz performance.
I remember so vividly the first day I watched them perform. Apostolis was playing double bass and Yiannis was on the drums. I've never seen people perform like that! It was almost like their whole bodies were in pain. A pain that someone gets only when they have have reached the ultimate pleasure. They were connected and charged like tangled cables, attached to a single heartbeat. It was mesmerising.
Years passed, everyone went their own way, we lost touch. That changed on the 12th of January 2021. I was just wasting my time scrolling on instagram, when my eye caught a video uploaded by Apostolis. I stopped and I listened. I was instantly in love with everything. The music, the vocals, the groove, the feeling. That performance on that video brought back my memories of the numerous performances at Polytechno in Corfu. There they were, Apostolis and Yiannis. Living up to my expectations. Only now with a new member untangling all the cables and bringing a new current to these incredibly skilled performers. Erik on the guitar. An exceptional guitarist that I never had the opportunity to meet in person, but I am so glad I know his name now.
The song was called "New Days". The band was "Lust Call". I couldn't help, but ask them to do an interview.
1. What is your favourite snack?
2. How did you decide to create “Lust Call”?
(As a band): We just wanted to play music. After realising we could just perform on the streets and have no trouble whatsoever, we decided to go for it.
3. What is the story behind your name?
(As a band): We were in a bar in Aegina and the owner/barman (Elias) used to tell us, "Last call guys", so we made it Lust Call. It was a crazy summer. (Cheers Elias).
4. Which colour would you miss the most, if it suddenly disappeared forever?
5. How hard or easy is it to decide that a track is finished, and how do you deal with creativity insecurities that might come through the process of making a track?
(As a band): Most of the time you just feel it, we try a lot of things and see what works and what not. After that, we just record and listen back. If it works, it works. If not, we try again at a different time. It's not a straight forward situation really.
6. Describe your band mates in 3 words
Apostolis: Erik is happy, spontaneous and minaras. Yiannis is light, pure and one of a kind.
Yiannis: Erik is love, family and a friend. Apostolis is a brother.
Erik: Both Yiannis and Apostolis are love, sensitive and outgoing.
7. Would you rather be famous when you are alive and forgotten when you die or unknown when you are alive but famous after you die?
(As a band): We are all leaning in the direction of the latter. Nevertheless, a touch of fame never hurt anyone. Fame just confirms that what you do is legit and maybe you can make a change in your own way.
8. If you could collaborate with any artist, who would you choose? (Dead or alive)
Yiannis: John Coltrane
Erik: John Coltrane
Apostolis: John Coltrane
9. Why is your music not on Spotify and Apple music? Is this a conscious decision you all made, if yes what is your mentality behind it?
(As a band): We're not there yet. When (hopefully soon) it gets to this point, we'll carefully take into consideration how these platforms affect the greater music community and make a conscious decision.
10. What does the future hold for “Lust Call”? Any releases, shows or news you’d like to share?
(As a band) When things clear up, we're ready for live shows anywhere possible. Music venues, theatres, clubs, pubs, festivals or the streets. We really don't care where we play, as long as we get to play music. For now, we just share ideas, compose new material and try to create our own sound...and eventually an album of course.
Erik Panagopoulos: Guitar, Music and Sound
Apostolis Paraskevaidis: Vocals, Bass and Lyrics
Yiannis Papadoulis: Drums
Kostantinos Sapounis: Trumpet
Victor Filippopolitis: Saxophone
Video by Pinelopi Tsogka
A big thank you to Kostas Fountas for the guitar and helping with the video!
You can Follow "Lust Call" on: Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/lustcall
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