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.

The black music inspired me when I was very young. I started with a rock band called “Bandana” then I met a big Italian artist “Tony Esposito” and played as singer in his band. After this experience in 1991 I was one of the singers in the Sold Out group. It was for me the most beautiful musical adventure of my life. Later I collaborated with many big Italian artists.

Provide us with some info about your latest release…

“State of mind” was born in 2019 under a good star because I was particularly inspired. All the songs talk about love, the only medicine capable of fighting evil.

Which ones would you consider your main influences both music-wise & non-music-wise?

For me music wise it means good music it doesn’t matter which musical genre it belongs to.

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?

The sound of my music is like a beautiful sunshine day that’s why it’s good to listen to it.

Please name your 3 desert islands albums, movies & books…

The secret life of plants – Extension of a man- What’s going on. Taxi driver – Blade runner – La dolce vita. La Divina commedia- Storia di Roma- The conquest of happiness.

Do you prefer studio or performing live and why?

I prefer performing live because I love singing my songs a little bit different from the originals.

Is there any funny-unique story you would like to share with us, always in relation to your music ‘career’?

Once, while I was singing, the microphone fell to the ground and the audience laughed.

Which track of your own would you point out as the most unique and why?

All the songs of my album are unique but there is one that touches my heart: “If you let me say”.

Would you like to share with our readers your future plans?

In a few months I’ll start working on a new project.

Free question!!! (Ask yourself a question) you wish to answer and haven’t been given the opportunity…

What do you want most from life?

My wish is no more wars in the world but peace between people. This is the answer I have never had the opportunity to give.

Curated by: Christos Doukakis

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