Interviews: ROT

On this new occasion, we have had the opportunity to interview the Metalcore/Deathcore/Trap/Electronic band, ROT from Italy. 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 came out just like that? 

In 2017, when we decided to form the band we were obsessed with "Avatar" and one of the songs we loved the most is called "Revolution Of Two" When we signed up for a mini festival for our first performance we didn't have a name yet and when they asked us how they should mark us on the lineup chart we said "write the initials of Revolution Of Two" and so we started calling ourselves ROT, We liked the name and the Avatars also liked it when we met them in Milan, and we decided to keep it haha

2. Why did you want to play this genre?

At first, we didn't plan any genre, we played what we liked and mixed various influences because we wanted to play something extreme and technical but melodic at the same time, as we had never explored these things with our previous projects. lately, during the lockdowns, we did a total refresh, we got passionate about new things, and since I (Louis) also love other genres such as trap and electronics we decided not to limit ourselves to just one genre and do what we like it, trying to create something original and modern ... it makes no sense to do what could have been done 10 years ago.

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

Yes, we met in high school when I wanted to create the band before ROT, with whom we then decided to undertake this path in two

4. Each band member's favorite band?

It is difficult to choose one but I will answer you with what we prefer in this period. I think for both of them it's Within Destruction and PALEDUSK. They are always exploring new genres and their songs are catchy but original and technical

5. Who or what inspires you to write songs?

Two of my main sources of inspiration I mentioned in the previous answer, then I would say Bring Me The Horizon, The Home Team, Machine Gun Kelly, Marshmello, and a lot of mainstream music in general

6. Where was your last gig?

The last one was canceled due to rain XD The penultimate was on a beautiful stage at a festival in Campania, it was a lot of fun sharing the stage with BloodLetting Prince (a band I am a producer of) and finally playing our album on a huge stage, with lights and special effects (we had just returned from our street tour so the impact is been incredible)

7. Where would you like to act?

I would like to go to Asia, I love Japan, China, Korea, India, and all oriental culture ... I think it would be a very important experience for us, but we still have a lot to learn before embarking on such a journey

8. Whom would you like to feature with? 

I would like to have a feature with Brian Butcher of The Home Team or with a pop singer to change the sound and unite two very different worlds.

9. Whom not?

With all the bands still playing thrash metal in 2022 and complaining that metal is dying and there is no audience XD (sorry but in Italy, it bored me a lot)

10. Have any of you ever suffered from stage fright? Any tips for beginners on how to beat that?

I think we all suffer from it a little at the beginning and in reality, it never completely disappears ... Even today before the soundcheck I have anxiety. To defeat her you simply have to think that you are doing what you love and you must not allow paranoia to ruin your show, because anyone in the audience must see you as an artist and have a good memory of you and don't think of you as "good, but it didn't give me anything"

11. What bands have inspired you the most? 

I think I have already answered, in any case, I never have fixed references, I go to periods and I try to get something out of everything around me. pop songs on the radio, trap songs, and modern bands like Within Destruction, PALEDUSK, Bring Me The Horizon. They are bands that have no limits and that's what we want to do too. In addition, from mainstream music, you can learn much more than you think ... The structures are designed to involve the listener immediately, the productions are often simple but full of details, and being that often many people work on pop songs it is definitely something very professional to take inspiration from.

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

With the fact that we don't have a drummer it often happens that someone asks us to play drums with us or worse, he often sits on the drums on stage and pretends to play or does it for real (making a mess) unfortunately the Italians know how to be very disrespectful and intrusive towards artists

13. What do you think of your fans?

Almost all of our fans are our age and we share many passions with them besides music ... Often they are guys who are passionate about anime and video games then meeting them and talking about something is always fun ... Plus they have a lot of respect for us even though we are nobody, and they always support us at their best

14. What do you think of our site?

It's cool and I like the way you asked us these questions ... thank you very much for the interview!

15. Something to add? 

Always try to discover new things in music, don't stop. And if you have a band don't just take inspiration from bands of your genre, listen to everything!

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