How are you keeping busy and creative during these days with the pandemic?
Well it’s very challenging for everyone I guess. To be honest it’s hard to keep busy all the time when lockdowns occur. But some moments of creativity are enough to get you going. At the moment I’m releasing an EP with my band PRIVATE GARDEN, and also shooting a video clip from one of the songs. Also a few months back i did a live looping video by myself, it’s a solo side project i intent to keep going as often as possible Are you active on social media?
Do you believe that having an online presence is even more useful now?
I try to be as much as possible. I’m a firm believer in quality content and sometimes i see a lot of people that get curried away over quantity. So my presence it’s a combination of being active and maintaining a high quality as much as possible. I believe that yes, online presence is essential, but quality control is also an essential thing, and should be high on everybody’s list.
Can you recall the moment you realised you wanted to become a full-time musician? When did you start writing your own songs? Tell us a few words about the process.
I come from a musical family so the process was a familiar thing to me. I remember vividly many moments of my family (parents and older brothers) just creating and arranging in many musical situations. I can honestly say that i don’t have a memory of me saying that “this is what I want to do” i think instinctively I went along and started playing and rehearsing, trying to imitate what was happening around me.
What is your biggest motivation? And who are your biggest influences?
My biggest motivation is to break out of the barriers of the small island I was born and raised (besides having studied in Los Angles and lived there for 4 years, Cyprus is where i spend most of my musical life) I have many many influences that go from Classical Music to Death Metal and everything in between. I took everything very seriously growing up and practice alot, that gave me a more in depth look on how every genre of music is connected. I really do believe in education, that’s one of the reasons that besides my Degree i have from Musician Institute in Los Angles, where i studied with some of the Masters in all sorts of musical genres (Pop, Rock, Funk, Blues, Fusion, Jazz etc) after returning to Cyprus I decided to further my studies in Classical Percussion.
How important is music to your life? Were your family and friends supportive of your career choice?
Music is very important in my everyday life, i think of myself as a fanatic music listener that also happened to be able to play. My family was and still is very supportive and I’m very grateful for that.
Can you mention some of your favorite collaborations?
Thankfully even though i live in a very small island, the persistence of me and the people that I’m very thankful for collaborating here, paid of. I was lucky enough to collaborate with one the best blues guitarist in the world right now Mr. Kirk Fletcher for a series of live shows. Another great mention is also Adam Levy, Bex Marshall, Kate, Panos Mouzourakis and many more. I was also lucky enough to tour Europe and in the States, either as a session musician or with one of my bands.