Interview – Persei

Persei are an alt/emo outfit, hailing from Staten Island, NY! Their sophomore EP “Idle Moments” is out now on all streaming platforms. Their members are:

  • Jonathan Cutrona: Lead vocals / Guitar
  • Mike Maldarelli: Vocals / Guitar
  • Nick Millus: Guitar
  • Andrew Maino: Bass
  • Sergio Gorno: Vocals / Drums

1. Hey guys, how are you doing? Your last EP has been out for well over a year now! How do you think it’s worked out for you all? It looks as if it’s still making waves, are you pleased with how it’s performed?

We’re doing alright! We’re very happy with the reception of Idle Moments over the past year or so.  Failed to Sync just hit 100,000 streams on Spotify, which is mind blowing that over a year later people are STILL listening. Couldn’t be more grateful. We’re super excited to put out new music in front of those ears soon.

2. Who would you say are your biggest influences? Did they have a major impact on your song writing process for Idle Moments? 

This by far is the most difficult question for us to answer as a group. All five of us have very different tastes and influences when it comes to music and what we incorporate into our songwriting. I would say that our sound is an unorthodox mix of these different influences that exist across a wide spectrum. Basically one big mush!

3. Which track means the most for each of you, and why? My personal favourite, like many other people, has to be ‘After the Storm’. 

I think collectively as a group, we all love ‘How Long’. It kind of paints a perfect picture for where we are at this point in our lives, both as a band and as individuals. We’re waiting to get our lives started as individuals, and wondering when that’s going to happen. As a band, it sort of illustrates how eager we are to achieve our dreams in becoming full-time musicians. 

4. How has Covid affected your plans on playing gigs this year? It must be weird going from performing gigs like the Bayside battle of the bands to not being able to play live at all!  

Like many other artists, Covid has prevented us from doing what we love. It sucks. We were luckier than others in that we didn’t have any shows booked at the time, because we were entering a period of time where we were going to be spending a lot of time writing new music. So luckily, we didn’t have any cancellations as far as shows were concerned. However, now that we’re in October and Covid’s still very much around, it’s a bummer not being able to play these new songs we’re about to release.

5. You’ve recently announced a new acoustic track ‘Wake’ will be released on October 23rd! Would you say this is going to be a change of pace from your prior releases? 

Definitely. This is our first acoustic track that we’ve done, and we’re super excited for everyone to hear it. We also have some full band tracks that will be announced shortly after Wake.

6. What would you say has been your biggest achievement as a band so far? 

No surprise here. Winning the Bayside Battle of the Bands was definitely our biggest achievement so far. Getting to play a venue like the Music Hall of Williamsburg with bands like Sincere Engineer and Bayside was an absolutely amazing experience for us. It motivated us and made us want to work harder to get more opportunities to play shows like that. 

7. If you could have written any song, which would you choose?

Carry on Wayward Son by Kansas. Such a dope song with so much going on musically.

8. Do you guys have any funny/embarrassing stories from touring?

We haven’t really toured per se, but someone throwing up in the middle of the GA at the Idle Moments release show was something that we’ll never forget. On top of Sergio almost stepping in it. Yikes.

9. Have any of you picked up any lockdown hobbies/habits? (Other than a messed up sleep schedule!)

Podcasts! Definitely listening to more and more content creators during lockdown. How could you not? The hours of the day gotta go somewhere. 

10. Please leave a message for all your fans reading this! 

Thank you so much for all your support. We have big goals when it comes to this band. We wanna one day get signed to a label, and record an LP, and we wanna thank each and every one of you who has helped us along the way to chip away at hopefully one day achieving this. Whether it be streaming the songs, buying our merch, coming to shows, or voting for us to win the Bayside BOTB, thank you. We hope to be able to have you sing along with us at shows soon. Please stay safe until then.

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Interview conducted by Selina Payandee.

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