Time to meet another artist pulling double duty as a member of The Atlas Moth. Stavros Giannopoulos describes his band as sludge but such a simple description, truly sells the music shirt. I would best describe them as arty stoner sludge with epic arty overtones. Let’s get to know Stavros:
What was your first love? Music or the visual art?
I grew up reading tons of comics so i would have to say art, but music came along pretty early on.
Have you always worked in your current style and if not how did you work before?
For a long time i just worked in photoshop/illustrator. I have always drawn more comic book like stuff for fun on my own and just recently a friend told me they wanted a poster in my hand drawn style. I never really thought of that style working well for metal but i have gotten a lot of awesome feedback for my hand drawn stuff so i am focusing on that currently.
Who are your artistic influences?
Jack Kirby, Steve Ditko and the early EC Comics staff who did the art for the “tales from the crypt” series. I am very big fan of the early comic book art. I almost feel as tho most comic art nowadays is almost too good, or too digital depending on which comic, for the medium.
What words best describe your artistic style?
How do you balance doing artwork with being in a band?
I have actually yet to really master this. Usually when i am on tour i take the time off from drawing which is always good but during our down time, all i do is draw. Luckily, our band has gotten to the point where other people are booking our tours and promoting us, so i dont have to take hundreds of hours doing that myself which does allow me to focus more on art
What do you hope the viewer will take from your work?
I hope they find it well done as well as finding the humor involved behind most of my works. There is definitely a fun kinda vibe i like to keep in tact. I am not the most serious person all the time.
What is The Atlas Moth all about?
I used to say we were a sludge band out of chicago but we have definitely grown quite bit in the last 2 years from our last record and the countless tour dates we did behind it. We are just a group of dudes that love playing music and challenging ourselves creatively. The best part of growing as a musician is forcing yourself to grow in other aspects of your life including art. Its a constant push-pull that is quite therapeutic.
Do you have any new music coming out?
We just signed to Profound Lore for our 2nd full length which is released Sept 20th, Its titled “An Ache For The Distance”
Who are your favorite bands of all time and what bands are you listening to right now?
My favorite bands of all time are Deftones, Pink Floyd & The Cure. Those bands have done no wrong in my mind. As of right now, i am listening to this Chicago band called Swan King who have an awesome record out. I have also been listening to a lot of 90s rock like Girls Against Boys, Therapy?, Failure, Quicksand, Shiner, Season To Risk.
Name one artist you would you like to see interviewed on Metal Band Art and why?
My frequent collaborator, Ryan Kasparian. He has just turned his old personal site, Innovate The Mind, into an art collective of metal artists which includes Santos, Tom Denny, Chris Angelucci, Brian Mercer, Rick Leech, and more.