In our days everything is digital, computerized. So when something analog, handcrafted and vintage comes out, you can feel it is different, warmer and soulful. That’s the case of Andy Rocks, a new rock band, formed by former Black Daffodils vocalist, Andrea Weiss, which has two releases out until now – the “Porcelain Heart” EP and one single, “Digital Detox”. Andy Rocks’ music sounds nostalgic, it’s just pure and simple rock, unpretentious and singular – listen to the band’s songs and you will get the feeling! Myth of Rock reached Andrea and had a small chat with her. Right below you can read all the interesting things that were discussed.
by Michalis Kapetanakis
Hello Αndrea! I admit, I am new to Andy Rocks but I really like everything I’ve heard so far, especially your last single “Digital Detox”. Thank you for your music!
Happy to hear that, thank you!
Let us begin by asking first, how and when did Andy Rocks start?
I started this project in 2018. After my former band Black Daffodils stopped, I wanted to continue creating music. Since I always loved rock music, it should have another musical direction than with the band before. I asked Markus and Michael to join me and so we started working on songs. One year later our first EP “Porcelain Heart” came out.
What made you so keen on music and the music industry? Why do you play music?
When I started with music, I really knew nothing about the music industry, I did not even think of it. It was more about the way I felt, when I sang along my favorite tunes or when I wrote my first songs. It made me happy and I felt alive. Later with Black Daffodils, when we released our first cd, we found out how difficult it was to get your music to the people. I do not think that the music industry is very interested in new acts, it prefers to create its own artists. At least that is how I experience it.
What’s the overall reaction to Andy Rocks”, so far?
There were many positive reviews and reactions about our material and that is really encouraging to keep on working.
What do you hope the listeners experience, when they listen to the band?
At best they can connect to the songs, maybe find themselves in the songs or of course, simply enjoy the music.
About being on stage … have you ever had to deal with performance anxiety?
I am always really nervous, and I am afraid that I will forget all the lyrics. After the first song, it gets better. I thought this would change, but it never did 😊
What is your songwriting process like? Where does your inspiration come from, personally?
Most of the time I start with a chorus, often already a melody line with lyrics. Then I sit down with my acoustic guitar and try to build a basic structure for the song. If I think the song has potential, I show it to my bandmates, so that they can add their ideas. Of course not all songs are written that way, but that is the way I usually work.
What’s the band’s biggest problem you’ve had to face and overcome, so far?
Honestly to have a solid band line-up, especially in times like these, which is very difficult for musicians and bands. That is why we will have different musicians on the upcoming record. I am very positive about the current line-up.
Can you tell us about the video for this great song, “Digital Detox”? You seem that you enjoyed the shots a lot, right?
We did it during the first lockdown in spring 2020. Everything around us was very serious and the situation was tense. So we wanted to spread a little bit of good vibes and decided to release a positive and light song. Of course we wanted to transport it in the video. We could not meet and so everyone had to film at home. I admit that it is more fun to do something like that together, but we tried to make the best out of the situation.
What do you all like to do, when not performing or practicing? What’s your world like outside of music? Any hobbies or fun stuff?
I like to try out new receipts in the kitchen, reading and hiking. Of course also to meet my friends and family and spend some time together. Markus likes to design and build furniture. And of course, we are all occupied with our jobs.
What are the band’s immediate plans for 2021?
We will release our first full album and I am happy about that. There is no release date yet. I am very curious what people will say about it, we did our best to make a diversified record with many shades of rock. There are often questions about upcoming shows and stuff, but we cannot really say something about that. We do not know how the concert situation will be in 2021.
I want to thank you for taking the time out of your extremely busy schedule to speak with us today. Do you have any last words or messages that you would like to share with everyone out there?
Wish you all the best for 2021, let’s hope things will again become easier and let us hope for nice concerts again. Stay sane, stay optimistic!