Minus One (band)

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Minus One
ESC2016 - Cyprus Meet & Greet 25.jpg
Minus One in Eurovision Press Conference in Stockholm, 2016
Background information
OriginNicosia, Cyprus
GenresRock
Years active2009–present
LabelsIndependent
Websiteminusoneband.com
MembersAndreas Kapatais
Constantinos Amerikanos
Christopher Ioannides
Chris J
Harrys Pari
Maxim Theofanides[1]
Past membersAntonis Loizides
Francois Micheletto
George Solonos

Minus One is a Cypriot rock band formed in 2009. They began their career as a cover band,[2] but in the last years they have performed their own music. In 2016 they represented Cyprus in the Eurovision Song Contest.

Eurovision Song Contest[edit]

The band tried to represent Cyprus in the Eurovision Song Contest 2015 with the song "Shine", but placed third in the national final.[3]

They did represent Cyprus in the Eurovision Song Contest 2016 with the song "Alter Ego" after being internally selected by the Cypriot broadcaster.[4] Minus One qualified to the final after reaching the 8th place with 164 points in the first semi-final [5] and finished in the 21st place in the grand final with 96 points.[6]

Discography[edit]

16 December 2017, the band released a cover of the 1964 song "You Don't Own Me", originally performed by Lesley Gore. In the Minus One version, the band is joined by 15 year old singer Semeli Panayiotou from Limassol.[7]

Their first album "Red Black White" was released 14 December 2018. It was recorded in Medley Studios in Copenhagen, and released by Danish label Mighty Music.[8]

Tours[edit]

As a part of their "Alter Ego Tour" in 2016, the band performed in Moscow, Amsterdam, London and Limassol.[9]

In February 2017 they opened for Glenn Hughes on his "Resonate tour" in Vienna, Bologna and Milan.[10]

Band members[1][edit]

  • Andreas Kapatais - Vocals
  • Harrys Pari - Guitar
  • Constantinos Amerikanos - Guitar and vocals
  • Maxim Theofanides - Bass
  • Christopher Ioannides (Chris J) - Drums

Previous members[edit]

  • Francois Micheletto - Vocalist
  • Antonis Loizides - Bass

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "About". Minus One. Retrieved 21 November 2018.
  2. ^ K, Andreas (4 November 2015). "Cyprus: Minus One selected for Stockholm". eurovisionworld.com. Retrieved 4 November 2015.
  3. ^ Cameron, Iain (1 February 2015). "Cyprus: Giannis Karagiannis Is Off To Vienna". ESCReporter.com. Retrieved 31 January 2016.
  4. ^ Granger, Anthony (31 Jan 2016). "Cyprus: Minus One to Perform "Alter Ego"". eurovoix.com.
  5. ^ "Eurovision Song Contest 2016 First Semi-Final | Eurovision Song Contest". Eurovision.tv. Retrieved 2016-05-15.
  6. ^ "Eurovision Song Contest 2016 Grand Final | Eurovision Song Contest". Eurovision.tv. Retrieved 2016-05-15.
  7. ^ "Η 15χρονη Σεμέλη ερμηνεύει εξαιρετικά τη νέα διασκευή των Minus One". City Free Press (in Greek). 2018-01-08. Retrieved 2018-11-29.
  8. ^ "Minus One – Red Black White". Mighty Music. Retrieved 23 November 2018.
  9. ^ "The Alter Ego Euro-Tour is ON! [April Dates & Locations]". minusoneband.com. Archived from the original on 30 July 2016. Retrieved 2016-05-23.
  10. ^ "GLENN HUGHES "Resonate tour" op. Stone Broken + Minus One - Live @ Zona Roveri Music Factory, Bologna 17-2-2017". TUTTOROCK (in Italian). Retrieved 29 November 2018.
Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Giannis Karagiannis
with "One Thing I Should Have Done"
Cyprus in the Eurovision Song Contest
2016
Succeeded by
Hovig
with "Gravity"