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Interview with ISO

Interview with ISO

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April 14th, 2014

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The evolution of ISO has been staggering both locally and internationally. Formed in late 2006, this alternative pop rock band has managed to use their unique music and inspiring live performances as their introduction to an industry that has quickly elevated them to a well respected group with an enviable reputation in the circuit.

We recently interviewed the band after the release of their new EP entitled “Passages” and found about what makes them “tick” as a band and how they go about writing music and what it conveys to their fans.

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1. For all the readers out there who may not be familiar with you, tell us a bit about yourself and how Isochronus, now ISO started.?

Marko and I started jamming together with an Argentinian guitarist Alfredo Ridolfo as a project called Musick. When Alfredo returned to Argentina we got Franco on board to form a trio. Alex then joined at a later stage when we needed to add synths.

2. What genre of music do you consider your work to be? Who are your major influences?

We have explored many genres but I think the one that is the most consistent is progressive rock

3.What are your songs about on the Passages EP? (do they cover any specific theme?)

Yes the theme is nostalgia and the EP explores reflecting on our youth.

4. Is there a certain image you think that your music conveys?

We like portray an image of unity and equality in our music as well as in our imagery.

5.Where have you performed? What are your favorite and least favorite venues? Do you have any upcoming shows?

All over South Africa and Germany. From all the dingy holes to the biggest festivals. We have done them all. Our favourite venues are the ones that are well looked after and treat the musicians well. We have Potchefstroom and Bloemfontein this weekend and then finishing the tour in Pretoria

6. Any crazy tour stories or crazy fans?

Yes we have had midgets dressed in American flags getting on stage with us as well as signing all kinds of body parts.

7. When did you form your band? What inspired you to make music together?

In 2006, our love for music and learning our instruments to the best of our abilities is what brought us together.

8. Who writes your songs? What are the main themes or topics for most of your songs? Do you think these topics will change over time to keep your sound fresh?

Marko and myself write most of the core of the songs. We like to write about personal experiences that really matter. Our topics do slightly change from album to album but the core is always about progression and realisations we incur.

9. If you guys never met , what do you think you would be doing now instead of being rockstars?

Nature conservation.

10.What has been your biggest challenge as a band? Have you been able to overcome that challenge? If so, how?

The South African music industry ia probably our biggest challenge. We have learnt a lot and have come a far way but if we are going to go any further we will have to go to Europe. We feel we have reached the ceiling here.

11. What advice do you have for people who want to form their own bands?

Practice and only play music you like.

12. Anything else you you want to say? any shouts?

Spread our music amongst your friends and come to our shows. Follow us @isoband.

13. Would you like to say something to your fans that are reading this?

Check out our new EP Passages on iTunes or www.isoband.net

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