Interview: The BuzzDealers

The BuzzDealers are a garage/psychedelic/blues rock band from Athens whose anthem is “Get in, Groove on, and Fuzz out”. They are a quartet made up of Zannis on vocals, Apostolis and Alex on guitar, and Voudas on drums. As a fan of garage rock, I was thrilled when they contacted me to tell me about their music and I always love to hear a modern spin on the genre.

On Valentine’s Day 2020, they released their debut album, Blooming. My favourite tracks on it are the opener “Like an Old Song”, “Electrocution”, “Sling”, “Who’s Gonna Save My Roll”, “Sex Me”

You can stream the album below on Spotify:

We’re lucky to have The BuzzDealers here on the blog for an interview. If you want to learn more about them, keep on reading.

Angie Moon: Who are The BuzzDealers?

The BuzzDealers: Four guys sharing the same passion for music in Athens city.
The journey began in 2015 and in the meantime that followed we did a lot of shows, and recorded some demos and singles. Equally important was also the deepening in our musical style and finally we are reaching these days and specifically in February 2020 when our debut album called Blooming was released!

Angie: How did you get started in music?

BuzzDealers: It’s a similar story for each of us. Ok a bit different backgrounds (different cities during puberty) but in conclusion it ends up with the same result… Listening to something that makes a difference in your soul, picking up your instrument, practicing, forming a band and at some point your paths meet up with your bandmates. The key part is the first musical stimulus.

Angie: Who are your favourite blues rock and garage rock bands?

BuzzDealers:The Sonics, 13th floor elevators, The Doors, Stooges, The Kinks, The Troggs, are some classics! But we admire also artists and bands that clearly are influenced by blues rock and garage rock and have blended these roots with modern traits. Some examples: Black Pistol Fire, The Kills, The Dead Weather, Daxx Rigs, Rival Sons, Fantastic Negrito etc.

Angie: What was writing and recording Blooming like?

BuzzDealers: It was a very pleasant and creative procedure and at the same time a tiring one. Fortunately, it had a great impact on us and we learned a lot of things. Not only technical stuff about the recording process and about song writing itself, but also things about ourselves and our preferences that we wouldn’t discover otherwise.

Angie: How has the album been received so far?

BuzzDealers: We are getting very positive feedback so far, especially when we play the album live. We hope we could get more of it but we don’t think that the coronavirus will allow us so soon.

Angie: What are your favourite songs on the album to play live?

BuzzDealers: i) “Like an Old Song”, it gives us a heavy-rollin vibe that we love.
ii) “Sex Me”, we enjoy this so much and we have a feeling that it’s also the audience’s favourite song in live shows.

Angie: What are your favourite things about vinyl records?

BuzzDealers: They remind us how cool was the 60’s and the 70’s when this whole process was the most common mean to listen to an album and it can’t be hidden the fact that we also like the ‘romantic’ approach that a vinyl offers. You can touch or even smell the paper from the artwork of a record. It’s a super loveable action, going to a show or to a record shop, buying a vinyl, putting it carefully on the pickup, storing it on your collection. It is like a “ritual”.

Angie: What music have you been listening to at the moment?

BuzzDealers: A lot of stuff! Vulfpeck, Me and That Man album was something great, the last crazy-ass record of All Them Witches is on repeat the last few days, Grand Funk Railroad, KEXP is a daily artistic trip as well. In general when the music is good, it attracts our attention!

Angie: How are you coping with the pandemic as a band? 

BuzzDealers: It is a difficult and special time and no one expected this to happen.
Our Greek tour, as it is obvious, went on ice. We have to wait for a lot of things, hoping that everything will be resolved as soon as possible. For now we are all healthy and safe and that matters more!

Angie: Any words for your fans?

BuzzDealers: Make some buzz. Stay safe and creative!

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