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  WILD ROSE -Interview (2018)
Photograhps by Stelios Alevropoulos and Alexandra Alexiou were used.

 

 

Half Past Midnight
Dangerous
Hit 'N' Run
4
Release Year: 2011
Release Year: 2013
Release Year: 2014
Release Year: 2016

 

Interview taken from "Dirty" Haris Patsos.


George: Welcome to BeRock Radio guys, the most melodic place! I am George, please make yourself comfortable!
We’re glad to have you here. Will you tell us a few words about how “Wild Rose” was founded, and how you
came up with the band name?

"Dirty" Haris Patsos: Hi George. Thanks for having us here. As far as I know, “Wild Rose” was an idea of Andy so many
years back that I can't remember. The name came to him from an actual wild rose, and Andy thought that would be a
great name for a band. The rest is history. Andy started forming the band and composing songs but as you know,
the core was formed around 2006 when we started appearing on stage and our debut didn't come until 2011.


George: Ever since 2011, when you released your debut album, “Half Past Midnight”, you’ve had a lot of changes to
your line-up, with the exception of Andy Rock, ( Guitars, keys, Backing vocals) and "Dirty" Haris Patsos,
(Keys, Backing vocals). Tell us a few words about the band’s current line-up.

"Dirty" Haris Patsos: Well you know all about Andy and me, (Haris). Hahaha! The rest of the guys are George Bitzios on
vocals and John Bitzios on lead guitars, they were with us for our debut, “Half Past Midnight” and we're very happy
we could make it work to release “4” together.

It's always nice to work with people you know, it makes the procedure smooth. As for our backbone, Dimos Thomaidis is on
the drums, he's been with us since “Hit 'n' Run” in 2013 and our actual latest member that has been with us for only just
1 album – yet – is our bassist, Panos Barkoutsos. Although we've had a lot of changes in the past, we're very happy with
our current line-up and it has remained stable for almost 3 years.


George: You had released your last work in 2016, the album “4”.
Can you tell us some information about your fourth album?
Was it hard composing the tracks? How long did the recording sessions take?

"Dirty" Haris Patsos: Composition has always been very straightforward for us. It always begins with “Haris, listen to this, man!”
Hahaha. - Or sometimes it's the other way around “Andy, I've got this idea...”. So we've always worked the songs between me
and Andy, with Andy doing most of the compositions. Was it hard..?.. Not really.


We're only composing songs when we have inspiration, so we never see that part as work. The actual work includes putting the demo
together, work on the drumline, bass-line, instrumentation, recording and then mixing if Andy wants to go on with mixing as well.
The recordings usually take 2 to 3 months after we're certain of what we want for the outcome. However,
the whole work for an album comes close to 1 year I'd say, start from the first demo to finish to the last song mastered.


George: Did you encounter any problems during the recording of the album?
If so, how did you overcome them?

"Dirty" Haris Patsos: During the recordings? A few! As you might know George and John live in Germany and I live in England.
You can already see the problem here. But whenever we encounter a problem, we rename it as “challenge” and then overcoming
it becomes a game of who will come up with the best idea. So a few flights from Germany to Thessaloniki helped complete some
of the recordings and our digital era helped us complete the rest of them. By that, I mean recording on a home studio and
sending the audio files over the internet.

 

George: It has been 2 years since the release of “4”.
Have you thought of when you will be releasing your new work?

"Dirty" Haris Patsos: This might actually be the longest duration that we haven't released a record. I had mentioned
this in a previous interview – we write songs from the heart, we're not going to produce a record just for the sake of it.

So if composition – inspiration is slow, we'll simply wait until we get some more of it. At the moment, all I can say is
that we're very close to completing a set of demos and once we do, we'll give a name to our next project, which also
becomes the album title. I can safely say that our next album will not be released this year. So, 2019 is a good guess.
We've also got a few surprises that we're working on for our fans... but then again... don't we always? Hahaha!

 

George: What are the band’s activities now?

"Dirty" Haris Patsos: We're currently laying low. It's no secret that we're no rockstars and we don't make a living
entirely out of our music, so everyone is preoccupied with careers or businesses – or whatever you may call it.

So while it's not an immediate goal at the moment, we're slowly progressing with our compositions and making plans
for our 5th album and the gigs that will follow its release. There are also some talks about an acoustic album and if I'm
being entirely honest we haven't given it much thought yet but will update you as soon as we do.

 

George: For the past 5-6 years, we’ve been seeing a bloom in Melodic Rock\Melodic Hard Rock.
Do you believe that rockers want more quality in the music and listen to more of this centre?
What is your opinion on this?

"Dirty" Haris Patsos: Quality is collectively subjective or intrasubjective at best. That being said, I've seen a couple of albums
with a tremendous amount of quality - in my opinion - being released in the past couple of years. Melodic hard rock is indeed
coming back on the scene but let's face it: The “golden” days of melodic rock are behind us and we have to settle for some
sort of “silver” days. I can definitely say that fans convert to rock by the numbers but it is not entirely clear to me whether
this will be a revolution or a fluke. Quality doesn't direct the music mass, the media do; and that is unfortunate.

 

George: The music industry in the recent years has changed.
We see that a lot of people prefers digital purchases,
which is more convenient, faster and accessible.
What are your thoughts on the future of CDs?

"Dirty" Haris Patsos: If I was a prophet, I'd say that there will be a day when CD's will follow the fate of cassettes and
vinyl records. Thankfully, I don't have to be one and my prophecy makes no difference. Spotify, youtube and i-tunes are
in our lives for good and they're here to stay. Whether we like it or not, that is the future.

Driving to work with your phone plugged in your car where you can listen to songs by voice commands to your phone
pretty much beats every CD I know. If not now, it will undoubtedly happen in the next generation.
Let's not forget that smartphones are a thing of this generation.

 

George: It’s not just the music industry that has changed over the years. Nowdays, we see social media (facebook, twitter,
LinkedIn, etc...) become hugely widespread. How much do these support a band and in what way?

"Dirty" Haris Patsos: As with the previous mentioned, social media are tools. Today we base our lives on social media.
We'd text someone through them, share our thoughts and even look for a job or a business partner in social media.
Indeed social media can support a band.

I can tell you that we struck the deal for our first album by chatting with Sam McCaslin -owner of Retrospect records- on
Facebook. You can get the word out faster when an album is coming out or is available for pre-orders.

You can ask your fans question and directly engage with them, which is what you're actually looking to do in live
shows – connect with the fans. Share that music video you've worked on, share that new single you made..
Everything is faster and more engaging. The fact that everyone interested can add his own opinion for everyone
to see makes this a big deal.

 

George: Thank you for your time, I wish you all the best for the future! The last words are yours for this interview.
Feel free to say whatever you want to all BeRock’s Radio minizine readers!

"Dirty" Haris Patsos: Thank you for having us George. It's always a pleasure to talk to you. As for the readers,
I say “keep on rockin'” no matter what! If any of our fans are reading this, I'd like to give you a huge “thank you”
on behalf of the band, as this would have been impossible without you. You guys rock!



George "Snaki" Karatzas
For BeRock Radio's MiniZine (2018)
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