What inspired you to first start making music? And how did you come to be in your current incarnation? Or if you prefer, a brief bio about you.
I’ve always been interested in music, in all its forms; I remember recording every type of music playing on the radio on cassette. One day my brother bought a guitar when I was 13, so I picked it up and never stopped playing since then.
I spent most of my teenage hood playing rock, metal, playing with several bands, doing some gigs etc…
Then I started to dive more in music, so I had to educate myself more about music theory, composition, orchestration… The goal was to increase my musical knowledge and to broaden my horizon; this is where I discovered other genre like ambient, orchestral music, contemporary music, Electroacoustic music etc…
I’ve always been interested in cinema since I was a kid, mixing that with my love for music, land me in writing music for TV ads, short films etc…
In my 20’s, I got interested in Sound Design, so I decided to start a sound editing and mixing university program in cinema.
Therefore, now I am always working between sound Design and Music, and I love the process of mixing both seamlessly.
Provide us with some info about your latest release…
Actually, my latest release is my first solo album, all my life I’ve been working for other people music or being part of bands, I always worked on personal project in my corner but I’ve never released anything, so I felt it’s time to release my own music.
This album (Catching Moments in Time), is a journey throughout experiences I lived and tried to translate in a musical form. My goal is for the listener to adapt it to their own, mix it with their emotions and create their own images.
Which ones would you consider your main influences both music-wise & non-music-wise?
Well Music-wise, I would say, Arvo Pärt, Johann Johannsson, Sigur ros, and lots of Film Music
Non-music wise, my past 15-life experience.
In what way does your sound differ from the rest genre-related artists/bands and why should we listen to your music? In other words, how would you describe your sound?
This is tough question.
I don’t like put a label on the music, I think it’s very reductive and it bias the listener expectations.
when people listen to my music, they put it in the post-modern, neo classical genre, but to be honest I think it’s very different, all the artists in this genre are piano-based artist, which I’m not.
I don’t try to focus on one instrument, and I don’t try to follow any rule to match a specific genre, so people can put me in a certain category.
I would say, my music is mix of sounds (coming from an instrument or any kind), where I try to translate emotions in sound.
Please name your 3 desert islands albums, movies & books…
It is almost impossible for me to answer this question, there is so many.
Albums: sigur ros – Ágætis Byrjun, Pink Floyd – the wall, a compilation of Johann Johannsson
Movies: American beauty, children of men, magnolia and so many others
Books: I’ve never been a book guy.
Do you prefer studio or performing live and why?
I like both.
Studio because you have control on every tiny detail, and it’s the place where you create/compose, express yourself. the cons is that you can always go back and change things, it’s hard to let go.
I like performing live, because you have the audience attention, where you can create an emotional bond with them, however for my case, it’s not an easy task, I can’t perform on my own, I need many other musicians with me on stage, which is hard to manage.
Is there any funny-unique story you would like to share with us, always in relation to your music ‘career’?
When I went to Prague to record the Orchestra, I was talking with the conductor about the track recording order.
At that time, I had temporary names for each track, one them is called Myriam (which is my wife’s name), and she was present that day.
In the middle of the session, I’ve been worried about the recording time left , and I wasn’t sure if I’m gonna be able to record everything as planned, so I went to the conductor and we start discussing about which track should be the next, so the conversation went like this :
Me: what about Myriam?
Conductor: I think Myiam looks fine (looking to the score)… euhhh I mean the score looks fine not you wife…. Euhh well, yes euhh.. I mean she looks fine too but not the… ohhh this is awkward.
We just laughed after that.
Which track of your own would you point out as the most unique and why?
Well, it’s a difficult question for me, because it’s a concept album where many tracks are linked with each other, sometimes, the same ideas are repeated in many tracks but in a different way.
I would say “Moment that remain”; there is something in this tracks that I cannot explain.
Would you like to share with our readers your future plans?
I already start working on my second album, I also have some films to score. I’m trying to collaborate with other people too.
I also need to prepare a live performance, which it is going to be tough.
Free question!!! (Ask yourself a question) you wish to answer and haven’t been given the opportunity…
What do you think about how people listen to music nowadays?
If you have what I called the jumping timeline syndrome, you gonna miss so much music.
Music needs to be listened from beginning to the end without clicking on the timeline, where you end up listening 30 second from a 6-minute track.
Everything is going so fast nowadays, People needs to slow down, and I think music is the best place to do so.
Curated by: Christos Doukakis
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