PHOTOGRAPHY Wanda Martin
WORDS Julian de la Celle
You may recognize Ivan & the Parazol from the editorial feature with the Hungarian band in our current issue of FOXES Magazine, or you may have been a longtime fan beforehand. Either way, they're a band that deserves your full attention. One part Jack White, the other Deep Purple, these guys are proof that there are bands to find in other countries besides just the UK and America. Here's a snippet from our interview with the boys and the video for their new track below.
JULIAN: Hey guys, how’s your day been?
MATE: Like all the others this week. We are trying to make the most of the end of the summer.
BALINT: I’m in Spain on holiday so pretty great.
ISTVAN: I’m working on some young rock bands as a producer, so this is an ordinary weekday for me.
JULIAN: For those who may not know who you are outside of Hungary, tell us a bit about the band, how you formed, when you all met each other and why you decided to make music together.
MATE: We knew each other from high school and a private music school, some of us even played together in some other bands. It was all about forming a good rock n roll band. We had similar opinions about music and goals. Some of us didn’t even like each other that much back then, but now we’re like brothers.
BALINT: We’re a big family now. When we started we couldn’t imagine we would have a single gig. Now we’re playing giant stages at home and the rest of the world is starting to notice. Being on this journey with your best friends is an amazing thing.
JULIAN: Do you remember the first time that music felt important to you and when yo decided that you would pursue it as a career?
IVAN: I still remember that Christmas, when I got Deep Purple’s Made In Japan from one of my classmates. That was the start of my so called “career”. I heard Gillan’s voice on that LP and I immediately thought to form a rock n roll band, and be a highway star!
BALINT: I remember going crazy listening to Elvis’ Jailhouse Rock when I was like 3. I was running & jumping back and forth in the living room. It was definitely a trigger for me.
ISTVAN: It was at my very early childhood, when I saw one of my relatives playing on my grandparents’ old piano. I tried to imitate her, but I couldn’t, so I decided to learn how to play.
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