What are your names?
Vasilis Papadopoulos is on vocals and guitar, Konstantinos Baxevanis on bass and Thanasis Posonidis on drums.
What is your genre of music?
Each one of us has slightly different preferences, and what you hear in our music is a mixture of them. That said, we would say that the core of our music is rock, with influences from funk and jazz, to traditional Greek music.
How did you come up with bands name?
We saw the word citrus in a tea catalog, and then blossom came in our minds and it just clicked. Just two random words that matched in our ears. Sometimes names don’t need hidden meanings, they just need to sound good to you.
Give us a little bio about you and the band.
The band started it’s journey on 2017 and had a few gigs, but we started playing and writing material with the current lineup on early 2018 when Thanasis, the drummer, joined the band. Since then we have played many gigs, opening for James Leg [US], Valley of the Sun[US], Elder[US], Godsleep[GR] and more. We also had a mini tour in Greece with Mr. Bison and played on Streetmode Festival in Thessaloniki.
What made you go into music?
I think that we all got into music because we wanted to cause the same feelings that we felt listening our favourite bands for the first time, to others.
Are you a signed?
We are currently independent, but we would like to sign with a Record Label when we release a full album.
You released your debut EP ‘ Eyes Filled With Apathy’, tell us more about the EP.
Eyes Filled With Apathy in its totality refers to the consequences of ignoring the sociopolitical problems and the violation of human rights, either near you or far away. It links apathy to guilt and underlines that this ignorance that dried out the lives of billions, will someday dry out our luck too and put us in the same position as the persecuted of this world.
Describe each track in two words.
Stranger: Anger, Melody
It Ain’t Real: Pointless Chase
Still Awake: Deafening apathy
Anchor: Love, Loss
Indifference: Aggressive funk
What was the writing process like?
Usually the first idea comes from Vasilis, which is a riff or a melody on vocals. We then jam and try to build and add to that. Jamming is a very big part in our music. The momentum that we get on jams is crucial, the ideas emerge organically from them and the energy that they have is what our music is all about.
What was the recording process like?
It was a new experience for us because it was the first time that any of us did a live recording. We also recorded mostly everything in three days, so it was more stressful than what we anticipated, but it was very fun and we most likely will continue to record live.
Who did you work with on the EP?
Our EP was produced, mixed and mastered by Nikodemos T. and we recorded it at nVelope Recording Studio by Nikodemos T. and Konstantinos Pravitas.
Do you have any shows coming up?
We were planning a Greek tour and a mini-tour on Europe but due to the current situation it got postponed. We will be opening for Blues Pills on September 25th in Fix Factory of Sound in Thessaloniki, so we are very excited about that.
If so where will you be heading?
Right now we are planning to rearrange our Greek and European tours separately, and we hope to have news about it soon. You can check our facebook page for anything new that comes up.
What else can we expect in Early 2020?
We ‘re thinking about a live music video but later in 2020, it’s just a thought for now.
Do you have any collaborations coming up with any upcoming artists?
No, although we thought about it, but we didn’t find it necessary in this EP. We don’t want to force anything in our music just to say we did it, the atmosphere it would create wouldn’t be us.
Would you be up for collaborations if other musicians wanted one with you? and who would they have to contact?
Maybe in the future, and only if we have the need to include another musician in a way that will add to the atmosphere and compliment the music, of course.
Do you play any instruments?
Besides the instruments that each one of us plays in the band, Vasilis plays also piano and classical guitar, Thanasis had some lessons on piano, and Konstantinos plays also classical guitar.
Who are your influences?
Artists like JD Simo, The Mars Volta, James Brown, Led Zeppelin to name a few.
How do you get inspiration to write songs?
Sometimes lyrics leads the music, and others music does. Meaning that sometimes we have a subject we want to talk about, or we have a riff or a rhythm we want to explore. We are influenced by stuff happening around us, mostly sociopolitical. We try to pass and enhance the emotion that our lyrics express through our music.
Where do you see yourself now in 5 Years?
Definitely playing music, having recorded more than one full album, and with the same spirit to continue for other 5.
When you’re not doing music, what do you do?
We are all currently studying in university. Having said that, probably we are writing new stuff for the band, studying music in general or going out for beers.
What was the song you listened to most that influenced you to go more in to the music scene?
Thanasis: For me it was Speed King from Deep Purple, it was long ago and it made me want to play the drums and that music in general.
Vasilis: True Sorry by Ibrahim Maalouf. I don’t know why it made me feel like this, but after listening to it I was sure that I have to dedicate my life to music.
Kostas: Fool for your loving by Whitesnake, the first version, was the first song that I truly enjoyed playing with my first band. 7
What’s the best advice you have ever been given?
When you study music try to make the experience as joyful as possible.
What advice would you give to aspiring musicians not about the industry and just as an artist?
The main focus is to find your musical self through constantly studying and experiencing art in general.
What quote or saying do you always stick by?
If it wasn’t the reality of nature to feel, we wouldn’t be here to listen.
Where in your hometown is a must go to visit?
Thessaloniki has many places than are worth a visit, but the ladadika area has pretty much anything you need to have a good time.
Your coming off tour;
1/ Where do you go first?
Going to the studio to unload all the gear we have.
2/ Who do you see first?
We usually meet up with our mutual friends and have a beer.
3/What do you eat first?
Anything healthy we can find at home because on tours we don’t eat so well.
When you are at a gig, what are 5 things you cannot forget?
Clothes, towel, sticks, guitar, bass.
listen to “Eyes Filled With Apathy” on Spotify and all digital platforms here: https://orcd.co/citrusblossom