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How did you come up with the idea with No Clear Mind? Can you please tell us the story of the band?
It’s a long story. Back in 2004 we started making music, recording ideas and then we found the name. Back then No Clear Mind were me and Kostas Rovlias, a guy from Hanya (Girit) where I am from. We started there then we went to Athens we met Vasilis and we had a band with a cello with two more people. So, we started creating music and establishing relationships with musicians which was little bit open, it was an open band for people to come and play. But me and Vasilis were there from the beginning. We started recording, doing some live experimenting, different type of music. It was a long journey up to now and you know we played with lot of musicians and this is how we like to do it, to have a core of people, three, for example, then lot of people can join and interact with the thing.
No Clear Mind is still in that structure, right?
In what, ha, structure. Yeah, yeah No Clear Mind has that structure. Basically, it’s not a structure, it’s like an open platform for us to communicate and serve our music.
How did you draw your musical path while forming the band? What were your main influences?
Radiohead, Greek music, traditional Greek music which is some of songs are very similar with some of yours, the melodies, Mediterranean thing. And we love to listen different things, different styles; jazz, electronic, everything. And we like to combine them in one. This is how it goes.
Maybe one of the most important point for your Turkish audience is your harmony between Turkish and Greek music. How did you establish that balance?
I’m not sure. We just realize that’s happening. Somehow, there is a connection. I read somewhere on the Internet that someone told that basically, the harmonies that we play, it’s like a harmonic manual. Something that is very common for use (“you as well” de demiş olabilir Türk melodilerini kastederek), the melody, and the combination of this, and we have little bit of sound that you can find in the west, in the western music, the combination of both elements, east and west. Maybe you like it, we like it as well, maybe that’s why. What do you think, it’s strange for us as well for have so many people that listen our music in Turkey.
You obviously changed your musical style in your last album Makena. It has more warm and relieving melodies and I think that’s a quite brave move. Because people usually want to hear similar things they like. Yet, you again managed to win your audience’s heart with Makena. What is the reason behind that musical change?
Because we change as human beings and would like to express that with music as well. It’s like a need we had inside to express something different. To evolve somehow, make something new and we wanted to be more expressive, wanted to have more groove. And it was important that we wanted to be happier, to have that feeling but at the same time keeping our force, the melodic line, the lyrics, all that stuff. It was just another way of expressing what we had lyrics and different melodies and grooves. We don’t know maybe next album will be electronic.
Are you recording the next album?
Not yet. But we have some songs. Maybe after summer we will get them down and start working on them. Next year we will record the new album for sure. I mean, after summer.
If you have, which No Clear Mind songs are your favorites and why?
Melt is one of my favorites from first album but we didn’t play it. Dream is destiny, Celeste, When You’re Not Here. I don’t know, I really like almost all of them.
Yeah, you made them : )))
Yeah. Some of them has lot of fun to play with a band but it’s strange, I like all of them. But they are some songs that have different energy like Celeste for example. It has a different energy while you are playing it. When You’re Not Here, it’s another world.
How would you describe today’s music sector and what are the positive and negative sides to choose being independent rather than being signed in a label?
We did both. So, I think if you can do that, to be independent is the best way to go. Because what you make comes back to you. So, you make an album, you record the album and you got the vinyl and you have the right of your music. And that’s important to have that, to be the owner of your music, not a label. But it’s difficult to survive. You don’t have someone to give you money to record albums. You need to know how to do that and because we know how to do that we record our albums by ourselves. We mix it, Vasilis is doing the production. Both ways have nice perspectives but I think it’s better to be independent. It’s much better.
Where did you record Makena?
The basic recording was in a small village in Peloponnesus (Mora), it’s a part of Greece, in the middle, between Crete and Athens. It’s part of Greece with lands look like a hand with three fingers. There was a village there and it was very nice place with an old house. We went there and did the record.
You lived in London for a while but you turned back to your hometown. Can you share your experiences from London days? Was it difficult to adapt?
Yes, London is difficult to adapt. Me and Vasilis went there, we worked as teachers and it wasn’t very easy but it was very nice experience. It was difficult to live there, have your everyday life, play music at the same time. It was not easy. And we’re getting older, you need to choose where your life feels better and I think our life is better in Greece and be able to travel around there.
What do you think about bands in Turkey? Do you listen any of them?
I listen to some old artists, I don’t remember their names but I have a collection of old Turkish 70’s. Because you have the great things back in 60’s and 70’s in Turkey, great artists, great musicians, very good. It’s something that you have to back and find it, it is important. For example, Kül, I love Kül. A lot of stuff I listen. On Spotify, I can see similar artists with No Clear Mind and most of them are Turkish. So, we know, listen to them through Spotify. But I really like more 70’s approach of Turkish music. Because you had a very good one. Maybe there is where the connection is with our music.
Didn’t you hesitate to come and play in Turkey? It may be scary to be in Turkey nowadays but you seem you’re totally okay with that.
Actually, of course, we thought about it, the stress is strange, but you know this is a world we live in has changed in general. Turkish people, they keep going, keep living, having their lives. It’s important for us to be here because we feel like we have a goal, to come. It’s a destiny call, it’s hard to describe it, we have to come and play for you, we have to. Because that’s how it is. I hope that things will change and become better for you and for us in general because we are in the same game
At the end, what should we expect to find from No Clear Mind in the future?
To keep playing, composing and having fun with that and travelling, we really like travelling with people. Basically, this is maybe why we do it, to travel with people and share thoughts all the time.
You said that Dream Is Destiny is sold out. Will you release it as CD again?
We will and maybe we will do vinyl as well, a reissue. We always wanted to do that, we didn’t have the opportunity but now, we’ll do it at some point, we want to release a vinyl version of Dream is Destiny. And hopefully also we will find a way to send our albums to Turkey because it’s difficult to do that. We cannot sell our music through the Bandcamp. Only digital, through Spotify.