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Interviews: Apollo Stands


We have had the opportunity to interview the Metal band Apollo Stands from the UK. Check out the interview and follow the band on their FACEBOOK PAGE.

1. Where did you get the idea for the band name, you planned it or come out just like that?

I (Alexei) have always been fascinated by space and everything that we have yet to discover and ancient Greece and its mythology has been an interest as well, we know that Apollo is the God of many things like the sun and more importantly music so it seemed to fit quite well obviously but with the "Stands" part, it was a bit of "that sounds good" and without sounding too big-headed it was intended to imply that our music is that of the gods and we STAND by that statement.

2. Why did you want to play this genre?

There are lots you can do with metal that other genres can’t, it works so well when combined with other genres that it's basically a sandbox for us and there are no limits to what we can do.

3. Did you know each other before the band was formed?

No, we have all just basically found each other over time. I (Alexei) and Matthew have known each other for the longest since the beginning of the band's formation but it has been luck and many different line-up changes that have brought us together but we are all great friends now because of the band. We are not school friends or relations at all.

4. Each band member favourite band?

Alexei's would be Enter Shikari at the moment but it does change as band bring out new music.

5. Who or what inspires you to write songs?

Nothing specific in all honesty, certain artists like Enter Shikari, Apashe, Tool and anyone that shows great song writing skills and pure talent we will always draw influence from but mainly just music itself, it's a great little escape and as musicians, our way of expression.

6. Where was your last gig?

Our last show was in Norwich at The Brickmakers, our home town (accept Ed) and we have played the venue many times, it's a great venue for bands starting out in our city and we need more of them opening up and less of them shutting down.

7. Where would you like to play?

Download Festival is a huge dream of most musicians, especially in the UK so if we were to play main stage one day I could probably die happy.

8. Who would you like to support?

Our influences are so varied that I feel one band would be hard to pick but at a push I think Tool would be one we would all love to play with.

9. Who not?

Machine gun Kelly, need I say more?

10. Any of you has ever suffered from stage fright? Any tip for beginners on how to beat that?

In the beginning, you will always have a bit of stage fright at the very least and that's completely normal, some people have a bit of "Dutch courage", others just full-on faint which I've had happen to me with some old band members but your gonna be scared and the best you can do is just have fun, I know that sounds like rubbish advice but over time the more you do it the easier it gets, it's like going on a roller-coaster for the first time, once you've done it, you'll wanna keep doing it, it's addictive. Harness the fear!

11. What bands have inspired you the most?

The bands that have inspired Olly the most are the bands like Iron Maiden and Dream Theatre. Bands that use there music and stage production to tell a story that moves and effects there audience on more levels than any other bands can. These bands really push the boundaries of what music can be and how it can make you feel

12. What's the weirdest thing a fan has ever asked you for?

I can’t say that can I?! I Think less blue story would be a little kid asking for our setlists and autograph after a show, I don’t think il ever get used to that.

13. What do you think of your fans?

It seems that our fans really enjoy the different styles and genres we incorporate within our music. We like to bring high energetic performances to our fans with music that is mind-blowing and creates so many different emotions at our gigs. Our fans always seem to react well to the energy that we as a band bring to the stage and they like to get involved with the show. We feel like our fans are very passionate about the music and enjoy supporting the band at shows and online. 

14. What do you think of our site?

It’s great, everything is simple and easy to navigate and you're giving smaller bands a platform, so I rate 8/8.

15. Something to add?

Over the next year, we will be doing lots of shows across the UK which have yet to be announced to promote our latest album “INTERSTELLAR” to the masses, We will be teaming up with a new management company towards the end of the year and for a little fun, we have been filming some new content for our YouTube page where we explore abandoned places around the UK and our Hometown (Norwich) which will be out very soon so make sure you hit our socials for more updates on shows, music and more.

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