Rant: Aris Anagnos (The Rift)

Rant: Aris Anagnos (The Rift)

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1. What’s your earliest musical memory?
My earliest musical memory is picking up a guitar for the first time when I was just a kid it felt so different from anything I’d done before and very natural.  I knew instantly I had to become a guitarist.  

2. What was the first record you got/bought?
I grew up in a very musical family as a kid.  There would always be music on in our house.  My folks were big into classic rock and also flamenco music, and the first record I remember listening to was Deep Purple’s Machine Head album, I was hooked instantly on the guitar riffs and harmonies.  They would also play a lot of Santana and Gypsy Kings, I was obsessed and still am with that kind of playing.  The first rock record I personally bought as a kid was Nirvana’s Bleach.  I still remember hearing that record the first time in my room, Kurt’s playing and writing was a huge inspiration for me as it was for many.   
3. What is your favourite listening medium and why?
My favorite way to listen to music is in the car driving, I think there’s something about driving with the music playing that feels really liberating.  And I think one test of a great album is being able to hear every song on the album while driving and start it over again when it’s done. 
4. One album you’d like to hear re-recorded/mixed/mastered/done differently?
One album I’d like to hear remastered is Avenged Sevenfold’s City of Evil, it’s one of my favorite hard rock records.  But something about the drum tone on the album doesn’t work for me personally.  The drums themselves are incredible and the Rev was one of the best to do it, but I would love to hear that record with a fatter drum sound.
5. How much do you listen to your own records?
I listen to our stuff on the last record we put out Inventions and some older songs of ours, a lot.  Mostly I have been listening these new songs a lot and other songs that we are writing for a new album.  I think it’s funny when people find it odd that you listen to your own music, to me if I didn’t like the music we were making I wouldn’t be doing it.  And I think you have to listen to a song of yours 1000 times to know if you really got it right.  Call me egotistical but when I hear some of the songs that are currently popular and then listen to some of the songs we’ve done, I don’t think it’s even close as to what’s rocking more…Our Songs Kick ass!  
6. Is there a genre/thing that you wish would see a second coming? Is there a combination of sounds/styles you’d  like to hear that hasn’t been done yet?
It’s my hope that real rock and roll makes a comeback and crosses over into pop culture again, and I think it will.  I’m not talking about screaming death metal stuff or emo stuff, it’s cool and I love metal as much as the next guy, but Deep Purple didn’t scream, Iron Maiden, Black Sabbath, Metallica, Zeppelin didn’t scream.  They had singers and heavy, groovy, rocking riffs man.  That’s what I’m talking about.  I mean it used to be that even in Pop it was common that you had really talented musicians like Prince, or Bowie, but in my opinion now that is very rare for that genre though it still happens somewhat.  I’d like to see some artist or band change that.  I mean you’ve got a generation growing up with Kayne West and Justin Bieber as their most well known artists, seriously?  Maybe I am out of my mind for thinking that but like I said that’s my opinion.  
7. How do you feel about the current state of music production?
We’re in the Los Angeles scene and have been since we were kids, and I have to tell you that there are a ton of very talented bands here.  What sucks is that the venues offer absolutely no support and the scene I would say is on life support for rock music in LA.  Unless you’re playing death metal, which has a niche scene, the rock scene is really struggling out here.  There are a few amazing people though that are fans and friends of ours who go out almost nightly and support the amazing rock bands we have here.  Shout out to Warrior Dave Gonzo who everybody loves out here, he’s like the scene himself man!  As far as the music scene as a whole, I’m not thrilled where things are lol.  Music gotten to corporate in my opinion and we’re losing real authentic artists who simply can’t get heard, for the most part.  I also think that part of the problem, and a big part of it, is that people would rather pay 5 dollars for a cup of Starbucks coffee than for an album.  They know they can get it for free. Streaming would then seem to be where the money should be coming from, but we as musicians have to stand up and demand to be paid from the likes of Pandora, Spotify, etc.  We have had over 10,0000 streams on Spotify and seen 0$ from it.  That’s not right.  I don’t think people understand how much work, time, and money goes into making music, it takes everything you have and then some.  
8. What do you think will be the listening medium/environment in let’s say 10 years from now? Do you think digital will reign supreme or do you think there’ll be a physical medium that will catch up?
10 years from now who knows what people will be listening to or how they will be listening to it, but I bet Virtual Reality will become big in concerts as well as music video mediums.  I like the wireless ear phones, have a pair they don’t stay in well but sound great so hopefully they improve on that.  But everything comes full circle what’s old is new again, and if you look at the sales last year of Vinyl records vs digital it was actually the first year the Vinyl sales out paced digital sales.  
9. Any hot new bands out there we should check out?
New bands that you should listen to, there’s always great ones to find.  Some of these have been out for awhile but it’s what I’m listening to currently.  A band called Black Map very good rock, my friend Kyle’s group from Santa Barbara Beware of Darkness, Highly Suspect, Kiven from Colorado, and Barb Wire Dolls whose on Warped Tour this summer.  I saw them a bunch of times at the Whiskey in LA, and they know how to rock man!  

Catch The Rift live:
09/19 Cedarwood Salon, Grants Pass, OR
09/21 El Corazon, Seattle, WA
09/23 Little Red Lion, Eureka, CA
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