Quick Questions With Robbers On Parole

Being heavily-influenced by both radio-friendly and niche-specific acts, the four band members decided that trying to blend them would be an interesting experiment, and so Robbers On Parole was created with the intent of making pop-like songs which mix different genres. These include 90s rock and electronica, industrial rock, new wave, trip-hop, drum and bass, electropop and trap. The creative focus is primarily on the lyrics & message of the songs and sometimes the band rearranges entire music sections so they can better serve as a backdrop to the lyrical meaning.

The band’s love for cinema, theatre and experimentation has further led to a desire for music videos, which can be viewed both as short movies with their own specific narrative and as a thematic extension of the music.

Quick Questions With Robbers On Parole

Quick Questions

1. Who inspired you to start playing?

Ivo (Bass Player): On a more personal level, my best friend when we were 15 years old was almost single-handedly the one that got me playing in the first place. He was incredibly energetic and inspired, in contrast to my more often than not, sort of morose attitude and while I was pushing him to listen to various incredibly complex 15-minute compositions by Dream Theater, he would try to get me to play 3-minute songs by Nirvana with just a bass (me) and a guitar (him). It was a very weird symbiosis, for sure, but it actually worked, haha!

And the first bassist that I feel in love with and whose style of playing has developed me most as a musician is Justin Chancellor of Tool. I think he’s one of the coolest, probably THE coolest bass player that ever existed in music so far.

Stephan (Guitar Player): For me it wasn’t a person, but a crappy guitar a classmate once brought to school. Every class that day I spent studying the shape of the body and the strings, plucking them gently like someone who’s never seen a guitar in their life. I don’t know what was it in that half-broken instrument that provoked such interest in me, but when I left that day, I knew I was buying a guitar very soon. As a punk rock kid what I started learning at first were easy songs by Green Day, The Offspring and My Chemical Romance, afterwards moving into heavier territory with Metallica and Pantera and Rammstein. I suppose my greatest inspiration to keep playing have always been those same rock and metal bands, as well as Pink Floyd, which have always influenced me very heavily in terms of guitar sound.

2. Which piece of equipment couldn’t you live without?

Ivo (Bass): This’ll sound ridiculous, but it really is the only thing that I can never do without and that is a little precious piece that I’ve been carrying with me for almost ten years now and has never failed me – my pitchblack Korg tuner. I love it so much it’s not even funny… it’s a little worrying. But you always gotta be in tune, especially if you’re pounding your guitar/bass the way I do at live shows, haha!

Stephan (Guitar): It might seem strange, but even though I play guitar, I just really love bass pedals. The guitars on our last song Feel Complete were recorded through a Darkglass Alpha Omega and a few bass fuzz pedals. However, sad to say, I guess what I really couldn’t live without these days is the computer, haha!

3. What’s your favourite album of the year so far?

Ivo (Bass): I’d have to say that Lana del Rey delivered something truly exceptional with ‘Norman F*****g Rockwell’ – I’ve been waiting for this album for two years now, from the moment I finished listening to her previous release ‘Lust for Life’, and it sure as hell didn’t disappoint. I’d have to say that she’s probably my favourite thing happening in pop music right about now.

The other equally impressive outing was ‘Amo’ by Bring Me the Horizon, which saw them changing yet again, losing audience and gaining new fans one once more, and also having me on board for all eternity. I don’t think that after their last four, for me, incredible albums, I’ll ever not be on board with their direction. They and I are joined for life and that’s it.

Stephan (Guitar): As much as I try to stay on top of new releases, recently I don’t have the time I would like to have to absorb new music fully. But I have to say Bring me the Horizon’s Amo really made me go “Woah! Those people are completely redefining what it means to be creative in 2019!”

4. If you could have a lesson from anyone, alive or dead, who would it be?

Ivo (Bass): Oh, man… that’s a really tough question, because although I was entirely sure of my favourite bass player, a meeting is an entirely different thing, let alone a lesson. I think Justin Chancellor will be too demanding for me, haha, I need somebody who can tolerate me being sort of lazy but getting there at the end. I got it! I’d like a slap-n-pop lesson by Flea of the Red Hot Chili Peppers – I think that would be one hell of a fun and inspiring one-hour lesson. The way he talks about the role of the bass player in the band, how he understands and views it is just gorgeous and I love it. If you haven’t, check it out!

Stephan (Guitar): Oh, if it was only one! I have the most interest in people who play a few notes, but sure play them in the right place at the right time. I’d love to have a lesson from Eric Clapton or David Gilmour, all about how to dig deep and express different moods with your playing, while also staying authentic to your own calling. Cause it’s easy to just copy someone, you know, what’s harder is getting your own vulnerability out there. On the heavier side I’d have to say Dimebag Darrel or James Hetfield. Their musical phrasing is just so to-the-point, it’s shocking on some pieces.

5. What is your number one tip for any new player?

Ivo (Bass): I’d like to give a tip for any new musician altogether, regardless of what he’s playing. And that is – listen to everything. Not just rock, not just jazz, blues or metal, or electronic, or pop or whatever… just try everything. And it will show in your playing and in your music and they’ll both be better for it. I mean it, just be open to all music, all inspiration, always, and everything will be fine.

Stephan (Guitar): Don’t try to skip the basics. I did that when I was starting out and it took me twice as long as most people to get to a point where I’m happy with my playing. I think it’s a bit like working out – there is no real secret, it just takes time and proper effort. You try to cut corners – you’re hurting yourself.

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Feel Complete single: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NgzTlZ9CLUo

2 Far Gone single: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CnB5PSzRXRQ