With so many cool bands out there to check out I offer you some minor guidance by introducing you to MOTHER OF MILLIONS. Answered by the band’s guitarist Kostas Konstantinidis.Anders Ekdahl ©2018
Every band has to introduce their music to new people. What is it that you want people to get from listening to you guys?
-When we write and perform music, we project images in our heads while doing some self-examination, some could compare to therapy. We want the experience of our music to be cinematic, like a movie that claims some part of your time to watch it, and then think and talk about what you’ve seen.
How hard was it for you guys to pick a name? What had that name have to have to fit your music?
-When we found that ugly plant called Mother of Millions, the name clicked instantly. The plant’s natural qualities -being poisonous to animals and reproducing vastly- used as a metaphor in social life is what lead us to keep it.
Everybody is influenced by certain things. What band(s) was it that turned you on to the kind of music you play? What inspires you today?
-Our references as individuals are pretty diverse, not only in music but concerning art in general. Speaking for mine, I would mention Pink Floyd, Peter Gabriel, Explosions in the Sky, Sigur Ros, Pain of Salvation, Tool and soundtrack composers like Hans Zimmer amongst others. We all find inspiration in the context we’re living, and art we discover that, like I said, might not only be music. Artifacts for example, started as a concept when I read the poem “Homeland” by Maria Mercedes Carranza.
When you formed did you do so with the intent of knowing what to play or did you do so from the point of having a band name and then picking a sound? How did you settle on the name/sound combo?
-The sound was created as a resultant of our different views, but we didn’t force it. It just evolved, as we do, through the years. We started as a more djenty band with extreme vocals, but we found new paths to express ourselves, that fit more to the five of us as a whole.
I believe that digital is killing the album format People’s changing habit of how they listen to music will result in there being no albums. Is there anything good with releasing single tracks only?
-Well if an artist is satisfied with releasing singles that don’t add up to create an album, it’s ok I guess.
There was and will always be an audience for hit songs. But each time we compose, we have a story in mind and the songs are part of the bigger project, while not losing their independence. Like I previously mentioned, we want the experience of an album to be cinematic. I can’t predict if we’ll hit that target with the new album, but with Sigma the feedback was encouraging.
What part does art-work and lay-out play when you release new recordings? How do you best catch people’s attention?
-We try not to get lost in marketing gimmicks, but we recognize the importance of an eye-catching lay-out. Artifacts art (by Bob Studio), was created thematically, discussing the concept and lyrics with the artist in charge. He didn’t even listen to any of the songs prior to the first draft, but when we saw it we all agreed it was the one.
Has social media re-written the rules on how to promote your music? Or do you go about doing promotion the same way?
-Social media is a useful tool that can expand a band’s reach, but the main promotion -and no band can forget that- is performing live and interacting with the audience in front of you. I know that’s the reason I do music.
When you play in a band, does that make you feel like you are a part of a scene, of something bigger and grander?
-When you play music, it’s inevitable to meet other musicians, especially if what they do is similar to your vision and sound, and you respect them as persons and artists. From that perspective we are all part of a scene that influences small or greater aspects of a band.
How much of a touring band are you? Is touring/gigging still a great way of spreading the word of the band?
-Touring is the only real way to spread the word. The attachment is much bigger than any YouTube view or Facebook like.
What will the future bring?
-Artifacts will be released on March 22, 2019, so our we’re facing our attention to the promotion of the new album. We’ve booked some shows in Greece and the Netherlands in March and May respectively, and there are many more to come.