JESSICA’S THEME BAND

JESSICA’S THEME BAND is a band that really rocked my world. Okay, I have just heard a couple of songs so far but they did rock me. Anders Ekdahl ©2018

Was it hard to come up with a name? What does the name mean to you? How important is it to have the right name?
-I remember back in 1989, while trying to find a name for the band we have just formed, Jimmy (guitars) and I sitting down and writing all these possible catchy names a band could have. We wrote more than 50 names and then Jimmy says “Jessica’s Theme Band”, meaning the Allman Brothers classic “Jessica”. So this is where the band’s name comes from! Of course it’s important to have an easy and catchy name for your band, but remember (and try to pronounce it correctly at once!) Creedence Clearwater Revival and what this band with that bizarre name has offered to the Rock Music. So it’s all about the musicians behind the name, not necessarily the name.

Who would say have laid the foundation for the kind of sound you have? Who are your heroes musically and what have they meant to you personally and to the sound of your band?
-It’s Jimmy! No doubt about it! And this is because most of the songs are written by him, plus that Jimmy’s musical influence comes from all these Southern Rock bands (Molly Hatchet, Lynyrd Skynyrd, .38 Special, etc…). Surely we all love Southern Rock music; otherwise we wouldn’t be together as a band.
Our music heroes differ – Mine are mostly AC/DC, Nick’s (guitars) heroes are definitely Pink Floyd and the more “technique” bands and guitarists like Satriani and Bonamassa, Denis’ (bass) heroes are bands like Def Leppard, Autograph, Night Ranger.
So we may all like and obey Southern Rock music, but each one’s preferences are different and this has helped out a lot in the way Jessica’s Theme Band sounds!

When you play slow do you have to think differently arranging the music than if you play faster and vice versa?
-Oh yes! Just listen to the song “My faith in you” from our debut album “Matter Of Time” and then listen to “Hard To Be A Hero”. There’s your answer! Hahaha!

Will your music work in a live environment? What kind of stage environment would best suit your music; a big stage or a small club?
-I really like this question! We have plenty of songs to go with for both environments (including some amazing covers, too).
We understand that when we have gigs on big stages, we need to be a little bit more…noisy! While, playing in a small clubs you can include some slow pieces, too!

It is very hard to be 100% satisfied. Everybody seems to be disappointed with something they have released. Is there something that you in hindsight would have done differently on this your latest recording?
-Ok, let’s take it from the beginning! Each time we listen to our debut album “Matter Of Time”, we always seem to think about the way we improvise and we always think we could have done better. For me speaking, if it was possible, I would like to change the way I sing in some particular songs. But then again, those little “mishaps” have helped us out to achieve better overall results during recordings of our 2nd album. The differences are distinctive and we feel we have “grown up” musically a lot! Just wait until the release of that album!

Promotion can be a bitch. Even today with all different platforms it can be hard to reach out to all those that might be interested in your music? What alleys have you used to get people familiarized with your band?
-Of course it can be a bitch and of course “it’s a long way to the top if you wanna rock’n’roll”, just to cite famous AC/DC’s song. We’ve got a website, Facebook page, Youtube channel and up until now we tried to do our best in promoting the band, including of course live gigs.
But we literally took off when we started collaborating with AngelsPR – that is our Management Company. The guys are just amazing and they are continuously helping us out and showing us the way the business should be done! We feel so lucky and can’t thank them enough!

To me art work can be the difference between bust or success. What to you is a great front cover? What should a cover have to make it great?
-We have to accept the fact that we are living the “image era”. Everything is an image FIRST and then the rest follows! So a front cover needs to be eye-catching! This is what we had in mind while creating the front cover of our debut album “Matter Of Time” and our friend and art-designer Yiannis Papaioannou did his best! We’ll work with him again for the cover of our 2nd album.
So yes – a nicely worked front cover is a must these days!
Of course in the past there were really bizarre album front covers like “Yesterday and Today” by Beatles, but then again they were THE BEATLES!!

Do you feel that you are part of a national scene? Is a local/national scene important for the development of new bands?
-No, we are not – YET! Hahaha!
We come from Greece, so if you don’t play the so called “bouzouki” Greek music, chances to succeed in other musical fields are very low. Of course Greek bands like Firewind and Nightstalker makes us always proud as they keep the Greek Metal/Rock flag high!

I could just be me but I got the feeling that the live scene is not what it used to be. Could be that more and more people use the net to discover bands instead of going out and supporting new bands live. What is you experience with the live scene?
-Our experience so far is that people go out to see live gigs. And this is because of the “image era” that we have entered already, as I said earlier.
Younger generations are more confident with what they see, rather than what they hear! It is not unusual for huge names in music industry to get constant sold-outs on their live shows but at the same time their CD sales remain in moderate levels, just to put it politely….

What does the future hold?
-We are about to finish the mixing of our 2nd album and we will continue playing gigs all over Greece and possibly abroad. And to be honest, we hope and we would love to have a gig in Sweden at some point! Until then – KEEP ROCKIN’!!

Jessica’s Theme Band:
Yiannis Goudoulas (vocals)
Denis Kaskouras (bass)
Jim Karahontzitis (guitars)
Nick Agathos (guitars)

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