1. What's the name of your band? What's the origin of that name?
We came up with the name ’Polytrip’ 2 years ago, just before we started performing live. During the rehearsals and song writing process we realized that our songs are influenced by too many styles and genres and wanted to choose a name that reflects the colorful journey we want to take our audience on.
2. What are your names, nicknames and corresponding instruments?
We’re firm believers of the power of trio.
Daniel Lugosi is our protagonist who sings and plays guitar at the same time. He also runs by the nicknames Lugo and Dani.
Adam Szekely provides backing vocals and plays bass. Everyone calls him ’Susu’ (pronounced ’shoo-shoo’). No one really knows why actually (including himself) but he’s been stuck with this nickname since high school.
Akos Vincze, our drummer, is the youngest member of the band.
Akos: I remember, Dani always called me “Kid” at the beginning and he, many times messaged me like that too. Probably I grew up to my role because he is no longer calling me like that. Anyways, it makes me happy if I hear it.
3. If you could fill a pool with anything but water, what would it be?
Susu: I would pretty much like to try once swimming in a pool of Nutella. I would probably drown after a while but until that I’d be having the time of my life!
Daniel: I would try a pool full of Vaseline with a giant Twister table on the bottom and throw as much naked people as I can. It would be really funny I think.
4. What’s an average day like for the band?
Susu: All three of us have regular jobs outside the band, at least for now. I work as a public accountant / auditor meaning that I pretty much spend my days suited up and crunching the numbers and having meetings with clients. I usually take my bass and a set of change clothes into the office and go straight to the rehearsal or gig.
Daniel: I’m working as a live sound engineer in many clubs with many bands. I like to spend as much time as possible on practicing and song writing all day. So everywhere I go, I take my guitar with myself. Music is my life, I don’t care even if I’m not on the stage as a musician.
Akos: In terms of my civilian profession, I work in commerce. Not a few hours. However, I love to do it and I'm also good friends with my co-workers. We listen to music all day long, so we are having a lot of fun during that. It's fact that I am not able to live without music. In my free time, I try to go as many times as possible to the rehearsal room, or I am just simply practicing at home.
5. Where/When was your last show, when/where is your next show?
We are based in Budapest, Hungary, which happens to be the capital of Hungary. We had our last show in one of the most famous underground music clubs (Durer Kert), where many bands from all over the world have played before. It was the at the very end of February just before COVID-19 shit hit the fan… We had a few gigs scheduled for spring and early summer but unfortunately due to the current pandemic all of them were cancelled. In Hungary there are restrictions for live events until
mid-August but we just got booked for a festival in Hungary (’Campus Festival’) at the end of August so fingers crossed that there won’t be any issues by that time!
6. What are some of the best pranks you as band mates have pulled on each other?
Susu: We are constantly pulling pranks on each other. One recurring prank is that we keep sending ’sorry sent by mistake’ type messages to each other in which we usually joke about replacing each other in the band. Especially Dani likes sending such messages like ’Hey these are the songs which were written by our previous bassist, please make sure you’ve learnt them by the next rehearsal. Ohh sorry Susu – sent by mistake.
Daniel: You said pranks? ( evil smile) I don’t get what you're talking about!
7. How has your music evolved since you first began playing together?
Daniel: It was all like when you are in the same Football club, but you are not a team yet, but that’s because you don't know each other so far. There were things that only time could fix and glue together. Then when this time comes your feelings, taste and mind gets close and finally became one. I think we are Polytrip right now, and not from the beginning of Polytrip, if you know what I mean.
Akos: The truth is, I dropped into it all at a pretty young age, and it was my first band ever. It was a new situation, they were already going for the big gigs, but those were the ones I always wanted to do from a very young age. I really enjoy it, I love being on stage with these guys. I had to develop a lot in a short time, for which I had the determination and fortunately I had a good friend, my drum teacher, Mate Kocsis who was always by my side. He helped me in these. I owe him a lot. Among other things, so I can play in this band. We were on the same page at rehearsals from the beginning, but over time it got even better. Many times our songs are written while jamming or we even work on an existing topic with new ideas and by the end of the rehearsal we are usually end up with a new song. OK, then the next new song may come tomorrow.
8. What is your favorite part about this line of work? Your least favorite?
Susu: We are our own roadies during the live gigs so lugging our equipment back and forth can be a pain in the ass, not to mention the driving part so that’s easily my least favorite part. Apart from this I really do equally enjoy writing new music and doing live gigs.
Daniel: My favourite is absolutely making new songs. Least favorite is to tell Akos he plays it wrong.
9. If you were a superhero, what would your power be?
Susu: Super-speed would definitely come in handy so I could rush through the less enjoyable parts of the daily to do-s and concentrate on the more important things. Daniel: To ruin Susu’s superpower.
Akos: Maybe I would be happy to be in more places at the same time, or even be able to go back in time or ahead.
10. What advice do you have for people who want to form their own bands?
Susu: It is never too late to start playing music, don’t be afraid to create your own music. You don’t need to follow trends as long as you’re passionate about what you’re doing.
Daniel: Don’t want to be like any other bands! That is your band, your songs, your party, your soul! Just do it!
11. Who are some of your favorite musicians?
We really do like all kinds of music from rap to jazz but here are some of the bands who influenced us the most: Nirvana, Red Hot Chili Peppers, The Fall of Troy, Protest the Hero.
Daniel: Ohhh. Freddie Mercury, Les Claypool, David Fiuczynski, Thundercat.
Akos: I like a lot of different music styles and perhaps I follow today’s music better, today’s trends.
However, there are musicians who released many records when I was born. Just highlighting one of the many, one of my big favorite is Primus. This is what Dani and Adam showed me. I’m always amazed at how these musicians have been able to write songs like they did for about 20 years. And to play them too.
It’s a huge inspiration to me to feed on older music. I also spend a lot of time watching my favorite drummers and try to do a few of their things. I would like to mention some of them: Luke Holland, Chris Turner, Matt McGuire, Eric Moore, Aric Improta and many other.
12. What is the craziest thing you've ever received from a fan?
Daniel: Warm air in my face, when it was winter. ( Ba – Dumm TSHHHHH!)
13. What song means the most to you and why?
Daniel: Hmmm. It’s a hard question I cannot answer it honestly!
14. How can people gain access to your music?
15. If you had one thing to say to all your fans, what would it be?
Daniel: We miss you all!
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