GuilFest persistence pays off for MajestixBy Mike Wright
July 02, 2009
FRATERNAL friction, two major break-ups and a high turnover of bass players are some of the issues Camberley rock quintet Majestix has had to surmount during the past few years.
But the frenetic and melodious band has survived its turbulent past to secure a slot at this year’s GuilFest.
Majestix will be one of a handful of local bands flying the flag for unsigned talent at the festival, taking place at Stoke Park, Guildford, from Friday to Sunday, July 10 to 12.
Front man Constantinos “Dino” Rakitzif took time out to tell the News & Mail how a project that started in the music department at Camberley’s Collingwood College ended up playing alongside Motorhead, Brian Wilson and Will Young.
The 21-year-old singer and keyboard player met drummer Chris Colbourne and guitarist Nick Stannard while they were in the same year at the college on the Old Dean.
The trio started Majestix when they were 14 and played a few talents shows before graduating to their first proper venue, The Agincourt, in London Road, within a few years.
Chris’s older brother, Rob, left UEP, a band in which he played guitar, to join Majestix in 2006 and in 2007 they released Vista View, an EP that was well-received locally.
Despite its success, the band hit a rough patch and split up shortly afterwards but the split didn’t last long. Dino explained: “We all wanted different things from the band.
“But I can’t deal with not being in a band – it is the most amazing thing to be in a band with your best friends.”
After the band reformed, the lads decided to attempt the ambitious feat of recording a full album paid for out of their own pocket.
However, this nearly caused the end of Majestix and in a double blow, the band’s bassist announced he was leaving the night before they were due to record their sixth track.
The news ruptured the band and the musicians split up once again.
The band has had a problem retaining bassists in the past and is currently on its fifth, Mark Dyson, who joined last year.
Dino attributed the band’s bad luck in keeping the rhythm section fully stocked to the intensity of practice sessions. He added: “With brothers Chris and Rob Colbourne you have to have quite a strong front to put up with them. They are always at each other’s throats.”
But he said Mark had gelled well with the band, both personally and with his catchy bass playing style, and the band now looks forward to completing the album and playing GuilFest.
The band was given the chance to play the venue through Dino’s enthusiastic persistence.
He said: “I called the guy at GuilFest in January to ask if we could play but he told me they didn’t start booking until April– so I called him again at midnight on March 31.”
Majestix will be performing on the Surrey Advertiser stage on Saturday July 11.