INTERVIEW: Banafsh Band

1. How would you classify your music?

We classify our music as Independent electro Persian rock or maybe Indie-World (Indie-Iranian) music. Actually one of the reasonsthat there’s been a delay in our local and international promotion of our band/music has been the difficulty in classification of our music. Here in our country our music is considered to be too Western and positively strange while outside of our borders it’s deemed too Iranian and surprisingly enjoyable. At the same time since we sing both in English and Persian and our chord progressions range from simple 4 chord song ( Simple Pleasures or Bright Horizon) to modal swing rock (Soul-man of the East) and onto ambient progressive style (A Shade in the field or In Peace) with several modulation, maybe we should define our own genre.

2. Who are some of your top 5 musical influences?


John Lennon (later Beatles songs)

Peter Gabriel (and of course Genesis, when PG was the lead singer)

Led Zeppelin

Pink Floyd

3. What do you want fans to take from your music?

To open their scope of thinking and of course enjoyment. We would like to creat a balance between the heart and the mind and have a broadened view of life, love, humanity and joy.

4. How’s the music scene in your locale?

The local music scene in Iran is filled mainly with Iranian pop music and mostly shallow (based on lyrics) sad love songs with heavy 6/8th dance beat. However a breaking away from the mainstream is happening and the number of bands performing different genres of music is growing. The underground music scene is divided between Metal headbangers and Hiphop and rappers.

5. What is the best concert you have been to?

The band “Yes” in San Francisco in early 80’s and then Depeche Mode in the same place in mid 80’s.

6. What do you like most about playing live?

The excitement mixed with the feeling of comradery between the band members and of course with the audience.

7. Is there a song on your latest CD release here that stands out as your personal favorite, and why?

Simple Pleasures. The music, the lyrics and the groove has a soothing positive energy to it. Of course there’s not a single track that we don’t like, but “Simple Pleasures” is my first pick.

8. How have you evolved as an artist over the last year?

Indeed. We are newcomers to live performances yet not to music. I have been composing music and scoring films and plays (theater), for thirty years. But having a band and being on stage is something that has been happening in the last four years and specially last year.

9. If you could meet, play a gig, co-write a song, have dinner, have a drink with any band or artist (dead or alive) who would it be?

John Lennon.

10. What’s next for you?

World tour, the 2019 Grammys followed by an Oscar nomination for either a song placement or a full score.

About RJ Frometa

Head Honcho, Editor in Chief and writer here on VENTS. I don't like walking on the beach, but I love playing the guitar and geeking out about music. I am also a movie maniac and 6 hours sleeper.

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