WELCOME TO La Bodega QUARANTINE TALK, WHERE WE’VE HELD VARIOUS CONVERSATIONS WITH ARTIST’S & GROUPS FROM AROUND THE WORLD VIA ZOOM, EMAIL, SOCIAL MEDIA EVEN PLAIN OLD PHONE CONVERSATIONS.
WELCOME TO THE 27th EDITION OF La Bodega QUARANTINE TALK.
THE ARTIST WE HAVE TODAY IS GRANDE FOX
YOU CAN CHECK OUT OUR CONVERSATION DOWN BELOW
SO. What are your Names ?
Where are you from and what first got you interested in the entertainment
GF. At vocals is Berzamanis Nicolas, guitars Zao Lefteris, bass George Chaikas and our drummer is Jim
Lucas. We are all from Greece except Zao who is from Cyprus.
The good thing about us all is that we share the same interests in entertainment industry. We all have a
huge passion for music and we are people without whom we can not live. But what perhaps sets us apart
from a wide range of bands and musicians is perhaps the fact that in our minds our vision for what we
want to do in this space is clear. From the beginning we had a clear vision for the creation of the shape
and what we want and seek to achieve.
SO. Who and / or what inspires you to create ?
GF. We have been inspired from time to time by artists of international recognition, but of course also from
situations that concern either domestic or international issues and humanity in general or even the
environment, the universe and how it works. The sources of inspiration are endless and never specific and
can range from the smallest to the largest. From joy, from tragedies, from anger, from indignation, from
spiritual awakening, from sources of knowledge, from historical events and generally from various issues
that may touch us.
SO. How would you describe your sound ?
GF. Our sound can be characterized as Psychedelic Heavy Stoner Rock from most people with many other
influences from the rock scene in it that come and go from track to track.
SO. What is your creative process like ?
GF. In this we dο not follow specific paths and methods or rituals. We are liberated from all this , first of all to
express ourselves and to bring to the surface the authenticity that springs from within us. If this does not
happen, it is not possible for us to proceed with any creation and we generally don’t like that there are
various artists that do so for the sake of fame and money. We do not belong to this portion of people. We
are free in the way we move musically having of course found the bases on which we always step to
create but that does not mean that we limit ourselves. When something good comes out we just bring it to
the measure of the band’s identity. Sometimes a melody emerges and sometimes the lyrics first. And the
opposite. But it all always starts when one of us has something essential to say and bring to the surface.
There is all the substance and as soon as this arises we all work on this material to sculpt it and bring it to
the level it deserves.
SO. What artist(s) would you like to collaborate with ?
GF. As from our country we would love to collaborate with artists like Planet of Zeus, 1000Mods, Vic,
Narcosis, Dendrites. As from abroad we would like to collaborate with bands like Kyuss, My Sleeping
Karma, Truck Fighters, Clutch, Godsmack and Trully many many others!
SO. What is one message you would give to your supporters ?
GF. We always carried the message of unity and brotherhood. Respect for the diversity of the individual. We
have stood against racism and fascism and at every opportunity we fight to overthrow such ideologies and
perceptions and we urge everyone to strive for the same goals. Against all forms of violence, whether
verbal or physical.
SO. What is the most talent/skill you have that most people don’t know about ?
GF. It would be very easy to start telling you what we are good at and what our talents are. But we are not
people who like to talk and brag. We will share something else instead of some talent. We will share the
meaning of consciousness and empathy as these are two of the most necessary qualities that a person must
learn to use in order to change his destructiveness, his hostile attitude towards others and the planet. In a
human society as divided and confused as the one we are experiencing, each of us needs to know who he
is, where he stands and what he is doing to improve things.
SO. What would you be doing right now, if you weren’t doing music ?
GF. Probably we were professionally involved in sports as we love them and believe that it is necessary in
shaping the character of a person but also necessary for his mental and physical health and why not do it
if there is opportunities to make money from it.
SO. Who are some artists/people you admire and why ?
GF. The following artists are key points in our lives as they were in a way a support for us during the
transition from childhood to adulthood due to poor living conditions and many difficult situations that we
experienced growing up. As we have said before, we were never children of the rich, we grew up in slums
with few goods and we wandered the streets all day. We have seen and experienced the pain, the
poverty, the violence and the financial difficulties, the tense conditions in our families and music has
always been a support and a way out for us…
So here are some of most favorite : Red Hot Chili Peppers , Nirvana , Guns n Roses, Metallica, Tool ,
Deftones, Limp Bizkit, Linkin Park, Godsmack, Parkway Drive, Pink Floyd and many others.
SO. What is the best advice you‘ve been given ?
GF. To “ Be Water ”. Not to be trapped in a certain mindset. To be able to adapt to certain situations , to grow
and to change. It’s about not being rigid and stubborn about your beliefs, practices, understanding, and
instead, about being open-minded and able to change and adapt to the circumstances we are put into.
SO. If you could change anything about the industry, what would it be ?
GF. Oh we would love to see labels that understand our situations and what we’ve been through. After all, this
is the main reason why we can not collaborate until today with any company to publish our music and we
continue as independent record artists.
SO. What’s next for you, where would you like to see yourself in the next year ?
GF. We dream of the moment when we will go on stage more often to appear live and get close to the world.
We have missed him and surely this will be a priority for us when things go better with our covid 19 in
our country. The situation remains difficult for both the bands and the festival organizers. To understand
better, we have not yet been able to close a series of appearances aimed at promoting our new Lp album
Empty Nest which seems to be going very well online but we are definitely thirsty to play our new music
SO. What is your social media ? How can people get in contact with you ?
GF. Official website :
Official Bandcamp page :
People in general can send us a simple message at our facebook page , we always respond !
For finding our Merchandise you can place your orders at our official Bandcamp page !
For Booking gigs you can contact either us or our partner’s managing office Angels Pr
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