Zandari Festa 2016 – Five Questions with Hays

The fifth annual Zandari Festa is taking place in Hongdae from September 30 –
October 3. To spotlight some of the event’s performers, Korea Gig Guide and our friends at Do Indie are teaming up to ask a bunch of acts five simple questions.


For this installment, we’re speaking with Aleksandr Polovtcev, frontman for alt-rock band Hays from Vladivostok, Russia. Influenced by rock music of various flows, Hays create their own style in which electrifying guitars entwine with emotional tunes. Hays have opened for famed acts Keane and The Rasmus in the past. They’ve also released several singles, a couple of EPs, and put out a full-length album in 2012 called “To the Roots.” The group are working on their sophomore album now. Now let’s get to Polovtcev’s answers below!

Why are you excited to be performing at Zandari Festa 2016?

This will be our first tour to Korea. New places, new friends, new experiences through music – this is probably why we’re in music in the first place. It will be very exciting to see the reaction of the locals to our music and our performance, as we’ve never performed in Asia before. It will also very interesting to check out local acts and venues.

What can people expect from a Hays live show?

I don’t think that there’s something particular to expect. I really hope after we all get together at the venue – the band onstage and the crowd in front of it – it will feel like a proper rock festival and we are all going to have some fun out there. We’ll give all we have, and hopefully, the audience will get songs to remember.

For fest-goers not familiar with Hays yet, what should they know about you?

We are loud. The crowd should be ready to rock.

Aside from performing, what else would you like to do during Zandari Festa 2016?

We want to get to know the people there – other musicians, promoters, and fans, of course. Zandari brings together musicians from many different countries with who you can share experiences, play shows together, and learn about each other’s music scenes.

If you can go drinking with another Zandari Festa act, who do you want it to be?

Oh, so many awesome bands are going to be there. But if we have to choose some, let’s say Harry Big Button because they play classic Korean hard rock with impressive experience, Swiimers because we really enjoyed their single “Woodstock,” Uhnellys from Japan because they have have a very original style, and Unchained from Busan because I think we seem to have some genre resemblance. But honestly, we’d love to get a beer or a few with as many musicians as possible.

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