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Reaven Interview – “DJs are the new rockstars”

Asking a handful of questions to lead singer and guitarist of Reaven, Roméo was kind enough to answer our questions on how the music scene is changing for upcoming bands, his biggest influences and their upcoming releases.

Any new projects going ahead for 2020?

Yes, of course, we are releasing our new album, For Tomorrow, and rescheduling our tours for 2021.

Who would you say are your biggest musical influences?

We do have a very large panel of influences. Musically, from the Woodstock years, The Beatles, all the way to more recent bands like Kings of Leon and Muse. We also have Rhythm’n’blues, classical, and jazz influences. I guess we’ve been influenced by their sounds and the way they build a composition. The Beatles, for example, always have very catchy melodies and I guess because of them I always paid special attention to the melodies in my composition.

Favourite albums?

I listened to The White Album by The Beatles thousands of times. Also, the album Sleeping With Ghosts from Placebo.

Have there been any major changes to the music scene in the time your band has been performing?

I think what we have observed is that electronic music has been growing really fast in the last decade. DJs are the new rockstars. Sometimes I miss the period where it was all about rock and bands.

Advice for new musicians looking to survive?

Be patient. Work really hard, because there are so many talented people out there. Always trust yourself. When you want something done, do it yourself!

Anybody you would like to collaborate with in the future?

A lot of people, from Chris Martin to Brian Molko, and Paul McCartney of course!

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Ewan Gleadow
Ewan Gleadow
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