As a result of the financial crisis in Greece, many young people are seeking something better in foreign lands. This may also happen in the world of music - there are Greek bands which are moving abroad, in order to have a better luck and more chances in their career. One of these bands is 7he 7ouch, who moved to London, England, to pursue their dreams. I incidentally came across the band's music video for the song "Solution" and I was really blown away! So, it was a matter of time to conduct an interview with 7he 7ouch, who announced these days the official release of their debut EP, "SEVENTYSEVEN". The band answered gladly all Myth of Rock's questions and I am sure you will find the following chat very interesting. Let's go!
by Dimitris Zacharopoulos
When and how were 7he 7ouch formed?
Everything first started back in 2012 when two different childhood friendships; [Constantine (vocals), Stelios (guitar) and John (guitar), Toni (bass), Apostolis (drums)] got together for a jam in the studio as John and Constantine were working on some new ideas and needed to jam on then in the studio. We really enjoyed ourselves being together and this is how 7he 7ouch were formed. It was the need to escape from our daily routines and the lust to create new music/sounds. Later the same year and due to the financial crisis in our country, Apostolis decided to take another direction in his life and moved to Canada in 2013. After several years of seeking for the right fit to fill for Apostolis shoes, we met Dave and we officially reformed 7he 7ouch.
Why did you decide to move to London?
It was back in the fall of 2014. Greece wasn’t at the best place back in the day and music in Greece as well. We decided that we wanted to take a leap and start a career in London and then we did it.
How much difficult was it for you to leave Greece and settle down in England?
Every new beginning has its difficulties and obstacles to overcome. The first days were tough but we learned from it. The most important thing was that we had each other.
How are things for rock bands in England nowadays? Which are the differences between the situation in England and the situation in Greece?
Rock is the SOUND in England. Let’s not forget that UK is the mainland of rock music, see The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, Led Zeppelin, Black Sabbath, Motörhead and you know the list goes on and on. There is a lot of activity here, everybody is a music enthusiast and rock music is a big part of the English culture. The competition (always talking about a friendly competition) is very high and this can only make you be better every day. We think Greece has some great bands and musicians, even though the music industry is focused on different genres there are some great bands starting coming to prominence and tour globally. It is very much harder for a band based in Greece to succeed and have an international career in comparison to many English based bands, as the industry here is very much developed and focuses and invests on the artists.
If a young Greek musician asked you if he/she should leave Greece and move to England in order to become a professional musician, what would you suggest to him?
We would suggest them to follow their heart and do what they love. Focus on your goals and never let it slide away.
Which are your releases until now? Give us all the details about your upcoming EP release.
We have just announced the release of our debut EP for October 29th. It will be called “SEVENTYSEVEN”. “Solution” is the first single we released on the 9th of July. All we can say is that we are very proud of it. It sounds BIG, it is melodic and heavy at the same time. We can’t wait to share it with you.
How would you describe your music? Can we define it as alternative hard rock?
We are not big fans of putting titles to our music. It can be alternative and it can be hard-hitting rock ‘n roll at times but 7he 7ouch is something more than this. You can definitely say that we are a rock band but at the same time, there are a lot more elements that can be put into the mix. We all have different influences and this sometimes can work great and bring something refreshing to the sound.
You have played a lot of live shows until now. How much and in which way have these live gigs helped the band?
You can only improve and get better by playing live. We‘ve had a lot of shows over the years and this made each of us better at their instrument and of course, it made the band sound tighter. The more a band can play live the better. At the end of the day, this is what it is all about. Playing live music.
Who are the main composers in 7he 7ouch? Which are your music influences?
Mainly most of our ideas are usually coming from Constantine and John and then we are all gathering and working on the development of them. Regarding our influences, we all differ in taste and preferences but we definitely complete each other. Everyone in the band is, of course, listening any piece of music and artist that is sounding right but we all have our favorite eras like most of the people. John and Toni are more excited about the beginning of rock n’ roll and how the sound of it gradually became harder and harder. John is a 60's and 70's rock, blues and heavy metal admirer. Toni is absolutely an 80's freak. Constantine and Stelios are definitely kids of the 90's and 2000's with many nu-metal influences and still exploring the newest genres for new sounds. Dave is the only one that actually studied music so he has a greater opinion of the music genre spectrum and also loves hip-hop and rap music.
Which elements are the most significant for you: melody, energy, passion, feeling?
It all comes together. You can’t have a melody without the energy to deliver it. You can’t have energy if you are not feeling passionate about something. And to be able to do all the above that requires from your inner self be able to have feelings.
Who is the lyrics writer? Where do the lyrics refer to?
Constantine and John are the main lyricists and the theme can vary. We are considering ourselves as very concerned and sensitive humans about the world and the people surrounding us. It can be political, it can be love, it can be everything. Everything that we see and go through our everyday life it all reflects to us.
Do you prefer to produce your own songs or to cooperate with a person outside the band?
We love working with other people outside the band. You get to learn things from them and always helps having a second opinion from someone you know that truly cares for you and is outside the band.
Do you have a record deal with a record label yet? If not, are you in negotiations with any record labels?
At the moment we are moving on independently.
Why did you decide to name the band “7he 7ouch”?
It just happened when we were trying to figure out a name for our band and then Toni came up with “Touch” we thought it sounded cool and added the “the“ to it. We realized that there’s another band with the same name in America, so we came up with the idea of adding the 7’s instead of T’s.
Which are your dreams/ambitions for 7he 7ouch?
We would like to be seen as the type of artists that want to contribute to the shaping of rock music in the future, while respecting and acknowledging all the phases rock n' roll went through in the past and in that way our desire is to be at the front line of the new era of rock n' roll.
Which are your future plans, apart from releasing your EP?
Play as many live shows as we can, potential tour in the fall and record some new music.
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