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Sakis Gouzonis: Bio

Sakis Gouzonis, without any help from record labels, has released 9 successful studio albums, has won a total of 10 international music awards & distinctions, and has gained more than 660.000 fans & friends in 220 countries & territories. People call him a music phenomenon. Read below the fascinating story of a man who was born in a humble studio apartment of fifteen square meters, destined to become one of the most important independent superstars globally. The full biography of Sakis Gouzonis is also available in PDF format.

 

Sakis Gouzonis Biography

Sakis Gouzonis
Composer | Arranger | Orchestrator | Producer | Performer


"Checking out the world of electronic music as presented by Sakis Gouzonis is like traveling on a journey to the most wondrous and mystical of places." - Kenneth Morton

 

Greek electronic music composer Sakis Gouzonis

Sakis Gouzonis (Greek: Σάκης Γκουζώνης, pronounced: 'sakis gou'zonis, audio), often referred to simply as Sakis, is a multi-award-winning Greek composer, arranger, orchestrator, producer and performer of electronic music.

His electronic music is based on the idea of taking the listener on a journey full of emotions, giving the listener a whole new experience. In addition, his electronic music defies all borders and speaks to people of all nations and cultures in a unique and powerful way.


Sakis Gouzonis

 

..:: Early Years ::..

Sakis was born on 16 March 1978 to Nicolas and Frederica Gouzonis, in a humble studio apartment of fifteen square meters in Thessaloniki, Greece. Sakis is a derivative of the name Athanasios, which means immortal. Two brothers named George and Peter would follow.

When he was ten years old, they moved to the town of Elassona, which is located at the foot of Mount Olympus, the mythic place of the twelve Olympian gods.

Sakis had always dreamed of having his own electronic musical instrument. His dream came true, when his parents bought him an electronic keyboard in 1990. He was so happy that he started playing electronic music immediately. Even though he was just a kid, he had the innate ability to play by ear, to improvise, to arrange electronic music and to create compositions.

At the age of sixteen, his parents bought him a semi-professional electronic keyboard. He would spend countless hours creating sounds, composing, arranging, and playing electronic music live.

After finishing Senior High School, Sakis Gouzonis released two remix compilations of well-known Christian hymns. The first remix compilation was released in 1996, and the second one in 1998. Many people around the world sent him encouraging letters. Moreover, some of his remixes were played on Greek Christian radio stations.

From July 1997 to January 1999, Sakis served in the Greek Army. During his military service, he was given the opportunity to play music for the General of the First Army and his officers.

In 2000, Sakis Gouzonis was asked to play the keyboard in a band that was backing up Greek Christian singer Costas Fragoraptis. His unprecedented ability to play the keyboard very accurately left the studio audio engineer speechless. They released two albums in 2000 and 2001. All songs were aired by Greek Christian radio stations.

In 2001, Sakis began working as an English teacher in a private school, and a year later, he bought his first professional electronic music workstation.

Two months before the 2004 Olympic Games, Sakis moved to Athens. While there, he continued composing electronic music and working as an English teacher.

In September 2007, Sakis returned to Elassona. As the internet began to change the way in which new artists were discovered, there was no reason for him to stay in Athens any longer.

 

..:: Music Career ::..

On 17 October 2007, Sakis Gouzonis created an official page on MySpace, once the world's largest music social network. His MySpace page would soon become the most popular Greek music page in the history of MySpace. In a short period of time, he topped the MySpace Music Charts at #1 in Greece. Until the closing of the original MySpace on 12 June 2013, Sakis Gouzonis was the most popular Greek artist on MySpace for six consecutive years. On the closing day of the original MySpace, Sakis Gouzonis's MySpace page had 384.710 friends in 220 countries and territories.

In the same year, Sakis participated in the International Composition Competition 2007. This music competition is an annual event that gives solo artists and bands an invaluable opportunity to promote their music. Sakis won 3rd Prize for his original music composition Anthem Of Love, and 1st Commendation for his original music composition Give Me A Chance.

On 1 August 2008, Sakis Gouzonis launched his official website, SakisGouzonis.com. Since then, numerous people have been visiting it on a daily basis. SakisGouzonis.com, which is overflowing with free instrumental electronic music, is one of the most visited artist websites both in Greece and globally. It currently includes detailed biography, complete discography, an up-to-date electronic press kit, press releases, questions and answers, album reviews, articles, interviews, news, contact details and links.

On 8 August 2008, Sakis Gouzonis released his 1st studio album titled First Contact in MP3 and CD format. His 1st album features ten electronic and cinematic tracks that range from atmospheric slow music to breathtaking fast music. First Contact is Sakis Gouzonis's first contact with the world as a composer and orchestrator of his own original music. Soon after the release of his debut album, he established himself as one of the best young Greek composers and orchestrators on the electronic music scene, astonishing critics and audience alike with the beauty, depth and maturity of his electronic music. Greek and international radio stations began to broadcast his music.



Free instrumental music album First Contact by Sakis Gouzonis

First Contact

01. Anthem Of Love
02. Journey To The Sky
03. Give Me A Chance
04. With All Of My Strength
05. Elegy
06. Electronic Ballroom
07. A Star Brighter Than Others
08. Sea Of Sorrow
09. Exodus
10. Time To Say Goodbye


Listen to or download the free instrumental electronic album First Contact
First Contact contains ten free instrumental electronic tracks.

 


"...Definitely a world class act, tunes such as 'Anthem Of Love', 'A Star Brighter Than Others', and 'Give Me A Chance' enchant the senses with their sheer vibrancy. 'Elegy' is especially sweeping, sounding like a grand score to a big Hollywood epic..."

- An excerpt from Kenneth Morton's review on the free instrumental electronic album First Contact
(This album review was published on Highwire Daze)


 

In the same year, Sakis also participated in the International Composition Competition 2008 that was held in Greece. This competition is so well respected in the music industry that it receives many entries from Greece and around the globe. Sakis won 3rd Prize for his original music composition Elegy.

On 5 October 2008, Sakis Gouzonis created an official artist site on iSound. Until the closing of iSound by its owners on 19 July 2012, Sakis Gouzonis was the most popular Greek artist on iSound for four consecutive years. His iSound artist site was also one of the Top 40 iSound artist sites globally.

On 20 October 2008, Sakis Gouzonis created an official profile on PureVolume. Very soon, he became the most popular Greek artist on PureVolume. He has also topped the PureVolume Music Charts at #1 many times so far. After so many years, Sakis Gouzonis is still the most popular Greek artist on PureVolume, having more than 270.000 fans and friends.

On 13 December 2008, Sakis Gouzonis created an official profile on IMRadio, which he deleted on 18 November 2013. Until the closing of his official IMRadio profile, Sakis Gouzonis was the most popular Greek and international artist on IMRadio for five consecutive years. In addition, he was featured many times on the home page of IMRadio, and his music was webcast thousands of times.

The ability of Sakis Gouzonis to conquer every music social network he chooses to use is truly remarkable and unprecedented.

On 9 September 2009, Sakis Gouzonis released his 2nd studio album titled New Earth in MP3 and CD format. His 2nd album features ten new tracks that radiate new faith and new hope. As always, he takes every musical skill he has, and crafts unique, memorable tunes. Greek and foreign music reviewers and journalists wrote beautiful reviews about New Earth, and thousands of people from all over the world e-mailed Sakis Gouzonis to congratulate him on his new album. Greek and international radio stations added the album to their rotation.



Free instrumental music album New Earth by Sakis Gouzonis

New Earth

01. From The Sky
02. A New Beginning
03. Elohim
04. Cosmic Crossroads
05. Eternal Peace
06. The Day Has Come
07. So This Is Heaven
08. Thank You For The Music
09. The Light Within Us
10. We Are All One


Listen to or download the free instrumental electronic album New Earth
New Earth contains ten free instrumental electronic tracks.

 


"...One of the most popular artists on IMRadio, Sakis has given us 'From The Sky', 'Eternal Peace', and 'Elohim'. These instrumentals can mesmerize and inspire any listener anywhere on the globe..."

- An excerpt from MC Rydel's review on the free instrumental electronic album New Earth
(This album review was published on IMRadio)


 

In the same year, Sakis participated in the UK Songwriting Contest 2009 that was held in the United Kingdom. Almost 6.000 songs were submitted to the UK Songwriting Contest by artists from all over the world. Sakis won a Semi-Finalist Award for his original music composition Elohim.

During the 2nd Meeting of Music & Poetry that was held on 14 November 2009 in Greece, Sakis won 1st Prize for his New Earth album. This Prize is awarded by the chairman of the International Art Society Mr. Yorgos Foudoulis, who is also the director of the Examination Center of the Trinity College and the Conservatory bearing his name.

In 2009, Sakis also participated in the International Composition Competition 2009. Judges for this prestigious contest are music industry professionals that look for artists whose talent exceeds a high standard of excellence. Sakis won 2nd Prize for his original music composition Elohim.

On 25 January 2010, the fan club of Sakis Gouzonis surpassed 100.000 members, with the 100.000th fan coming from Italy. 100.000 people in 196 countries & territories support the Greek electronic composer.

In the same year, Sakis participated in the UK Songwriting Contest 2010 that was held in the United Kingdom. More than 5.000 songs were submitted that year to the UK Songwriting Contest by artists from the United States of America, Canada, South America, Australia, New Zealand, Asia and Europe. Sakis won two Semi-Finalist Awards for his original music compositions Elegy, and Eternal Peace. 2010 judges included, among others, Richard Niles, top producer, musical director and doctor of music; Simon Ellis, top producer and songwriter; Lesley Douglas, former controller of BBC Radio 2; and Scott Matthewman, blogger, writer for The Stage and guest expert for BBC Radio.

On 10 October 2010, Sakis Gouzonis released his 3rd studio album titled The Tree Of Life in MP3 and CD format. His 3rd album features ten original tracks that bring healing and enlightenment to the human heart and mind. The Tree Of Life received very positive reviews from Greek and foreign music reviewers and journalists. Sakis Gouzonis's unique gift of creating electronic music that brings healing to others is remarkable. People of all backgrounds from all parts of the world e-mailed him to thank him for all the positive feelings and sense of bliss that his music brings to them. The album also received airplay in Europe and globally.



Free instrumental music album The Tree Of Life by Sakis Gouzonis

The Tree Of Life

01. Seed Of Hope
02. Two Worlds United
03. To See Your Face
04. From The Four Winds
05. With Respectful Hearts
06. Sweet Joy
07. An Endless Love
08. Holy Cure
09. Eat And Live Forever
10. The Source Of Light


Listen to or download the free instrumental electronic album The Tree Of Life
The Tree Of Life contains ten free instrumental electronic tracks.

 


"...One thing I love about this CD [The Tree Of Life] is that it causes my brain to think in images rather than words as I listen... It's not simply the lack of lyrics that causes that, but the vibrant and evocative tones that Sakis chooses. He is able to create a living, visual landscape through his music, which seems rare for electronica..."

- An excerpt from Michael Doherty's review on the free instrumental electronic album The Tree Of Life
(This album review was published on Michael Doherty's Music Log)


 

On 5 November 2010, the fan club of Sakis Gouzonis surpassed 200.000 members, with the 200.000th fan coming from Spain. 200.000 people in 217 countries & territories support the Greek electronic composer.

In 2010, Sakis also participated in the International Composition Competition 2010. This music contest invites acts from all genres, and it is supported by highly respected musicians. Sakis won 1st Prize for his original music compositions Eternal Peace, and Seed Of Hope. This was the last time that he participated in a music contest.

On 21 October 2011, the fan club of Sakis Gouzonis surpassed 300.000 members, with the 300.000th fan coming from France. 300.000 people in 219 countries & territories support the Greek electronic composer.

On 11 November 2011, Sakis Gouzonis released his 4th studio album titled Ultimate Love in MP3 format. His 4th album features ten electronic and cinematic tracks recorded the summer and fall of 2011 at the foot of Mount Olympus. Ultimate Love has all the energy and excitement his fans have come to expect. Sakis Gouzonis received many enthusiastic reactions from his worldwide audience, as well as wonderful reviews from Greek and international music reviewers and journalists. Radio stations in Greece and abroad added the album to their playlists.



Free instrumental music album Ultimate Love by Sakis Gouzonis

Ultimate Love

01. Strong
02. When You Touch Me
03. Like The Sun
04. Everyday Protection
05. I Will Be There
06. Fly High
07. Memories
08. You Healed My Heart
09. Light In The Night
10. I Am The Way


Listen to or download the free instrumental electronic album Ultimate Love
Ultimate Love contains ten free instrumental electronic tracks.

 


"...'Strong' is a very melodic and well-produced song... 'Like The Sun' would be the perfect song for the end of a sad movie, leading into the credits... 'Everyday Protection' has the perfect pop music structure... Gouzonis is an excellent producer and songwriter..."

- An excerpt from Daniel Miller's review on the free instrumental electronic album Ultimate Love
(This album review was published on Blazing Minds)


 

On 20 February 2012, all studio albums were upgraded to version 2.0 for better sound quality. On 30 November 2012, version 3.0 replaced the previous version.

On 9 May 2012, www.SakisGouzonis.com was moved to faster and more efficient servers. Due to the incredible popularity of the website, things started slowing down. Now, all listeners can download music faster.

On 12 December 2012, Sakis Gouzonis released his 5th studio album titled Vast Victory in MP3 format. His 5th album features ten new tracks full of impressive beats, exciting chords and amazing melodies. Many positive reviews and articles about Vast Victory were published by Greek and international music reviewers and journalists. As always, Sakis Gouzonis received a flood of supporting and encouraging e-mails from his international fans. In addition, the album received airplay on Greek and international radio stations.



Free instrumental music album Vast Victory by Sakis Gouzonis

Vast Victory

01. Now I Am Free
02. Heavenly Light
03. Lead Me Home
04. This Land Is Yours
05. Love From Above
06. I Am Your Provider
07. You Will Succeed
08. Be Like The Wind
09. You Are Not Alone
10. Till The End Of Time


Listen to or download the free instrumental electronic album Vast Victory
Vast Victory contains ten free instrumental electronic tracks.

 


"...A man much decorated in the world of international music and rated to be the biggest export Greece has ever had, Gouzonis really brings this home with the composition 'Lead Me Home'... 'Till The End Of Time' has a grandeur and a majestic quality about it that after hearing one would have to stand and applaud..."

- An excerpt from Steve Sheppard's review on the free instrumental electronic album Vast Victory
(This album review was published on One World Music)


 

On 7 January 2013, the fan club of Sakis Gouzonis surpassed 400.000 members, with the 400.000th fan coming from Canada. 400.000 people in 220 countries & territories support the Greek electronic composer.

On 13 August 2013, Sakis Gouzonis released his 6th studio album titled Spiritual Unity in MP3 format. His 6th album features ten original tracks about the spiritual unity of all people, both with each other and with the universe. Spiritual Unity has a contemplative, refreshing and uplifting quality that is rare in electronic music. Sakis Gouzonis received excellent reviews for this album from Greek and foreign media outlets, as well as a huge amount of heartening e-mails from every continent on earth. Additionally, the album received extensive airplay both in Greece and around the world.



Free instrumental music album Spiritual Unity by Sakis Gouzonis

Spiritual Unity

01. Every Time We Talk
02. Joy Of My Heart
03. Happy
04. When We Are Together
05. Give Me All Your Love Tonight
06. Hand In Hand
07. Love Of My Life
08. For An Eternity
09. Wonderful Mystery
10. Now And Forever


Listen to or download the free instrumental electronic album Spiritual Unity
Spiritual Unity contains ten free instrumental electronic tracks.

 


"...All the songs on the album [Spiritual Unity] feel quite grand as he [Sakis Gouzonis] chooses to embrace airy, near mystical sounding synths that create an ethereal atmosphere... The music seems to be made for movies that want to be epic. Directors take note if you are reading."

- An excerpt from Ted Rogen's review on the free instrumental electronic album Spiritual Unity
(This album review was published on The Equal Ground)


 

On 3 January 2014, the fan club of Sakis Gouzonis surpassed 500.000 members, with the 500.000th fan coming from Brazil. 500.000 people in 220 countries & territories support the Greek electronic composer.

On 11 January 2014, a search for "Sakis Gouzonis" on the Google search engine returned about 1.070.000 results. This shows the tremendous impact that Sakis Gouzonis has on the international music scene.

On 14 July 2014, Sakis Gouzonis released his 7th studio album titled Golden Heart in MP3 format. His 7th album features ten electronic and cinematic tracks that make the listener feel excited and calm at the same time. Golden Heart immediately caught the attention of several media outlets in Greece and abroad. The feedback on the album from journalists and music critics around the world was overwhelmingly positive, and the amount of supporting e-mails that Sakis Gouzonis received from every part of the world was really huge. The album was also added to the playlists of radio stations in Greece and abroad.



Free instrumental music album Golden Heart by Sakis Gouzonis

Golden Heart

01. The Power Of Your Love
02. Higher And Further
03. On A Happy Sunday
04. Beautiful
05. To The One That I Love
06. Love In Action
07. More Than Words Can Say
08. Together Forever
09. Shine
10. You Are My Strength


Listen to or download the free instrumental electronic album Golden Heart
Golden Heart contains ten free instrumental electronic tracks.

 


"...From the warm, celestial and uplifting textures of the opening 'The Power Of Your Love' to the soothing, blissful and melodic 'More Than Words Can Say,' and the rhythmic clockwork of 'You Are My Strength,' as I listen to this music I truly feel as if I'm floating through atmospheres, dancing among the stars, and watching a divine interplay among the heavens..."

- An excerpt from Rick Jamm's review on the free instrumental electronic album Golden Heart
(This album review was published on Jamsphere)


 

On 20 May 2015, all studio albums were upgraded to version 4.0 for better sound quality. Sakis Gouzonis always strives for the highest possible audio quality.

On 15 June 2015, Sakis Gouzonis released his 8th studio album titled A World At Peace in MP3 format. His 8th album features ten new electronic and cinematic tracks about world peace, and it is full of positive vibes and amazing grooves. A World At Peace was featured on many Greek and foreign media outlets. The album received positive reviews from music critics all over the world, and Sakis Gouzonis received many e-mails from enthusiastic fans. The album was also added to the rotation of several radio stations both in Greece and abroad.



Free instrumental music album A World At Peace by Sakis Gouzonis

A World At Peace

01. In Unity There Is True Strength
02. Hope
03. Pearls Of Wisdom
04. All Night Long
05. Bringing Light To Darkness
06. This Night Is Wonderful
07. Lovely Starry Night Skies
08. Feel This Precious Moment
09. Every Tribe And Every Nation
10. Glory


Listen to or download the free instrumental electronic album A World At Peace
A World At Peace contains ten free instrumental electronic tracks.

 


"...What makes 'A World At Peace' intriguing is its attention to detail. These soundscapes that Gouzonis crafts feel authentic and original... For a long-winded, entirely instrumental electronic effort, 'A World At Peace' conveys incredible emotion in its delivery... Gouzonis' eighth effort is a triumph of originality and nostalgia..."

- An excerpt from Brett Stewart's review on the free instrumental electronic album A World At Peace
(This album review was published on Tilting Windmill Studios)


 

On 25 July 2015, the fan club of Sakis Gouzonis surpassed 600.000 members, with the 600.000th fan coming from the United States of America. 600.000 people in 220 countries & territories support the Greek electronic composer.

On 16 May 2016, Sakis Gouzonis released his 9th studio album titled Liberating Truth in MP3 format. His 9th album features ten original electronic and cinematic tracks characterized by a uniquely emotive harmonic language. Greek and foreign music reviewers and journalists published many positive reviews and articles about Liberating Truth. Sakis Gouzonis also received many supporting e-mails from his fans all around the world. Additionally, the album was added to radio playlists in Greece and around the globe.



Free instrumental music album Liberating Truth by Sakis Gouzonis

Liberating Truth

01. A Breath Of Life
02. Deeper Places
03. To Be United
04. A Land Of Peace And Happiness
05. Time To Celebrate
06. Until We See All People Free
07. Across The Horizon
08. Ever Since The World Began
09. Refine Us All
10. Love One Another


Listen to or download the free instrumental electronic album Liberating Truth
Liberating Truth contains ten free instrumental electronic tracks.

 


"...His songs are what you would expect to hear within the soundtrack from a truly epic movie, accompanying and complementing beautiful imagery in a very special way; it’s like a journey through sound..."

- An excerpt from Andrea Caccese's review on the free instrumental electronic album Liberating Truth
(This album review was published on The Bandcamp Diaries)


 

Today, Sakis Gouzonis is the most important Greek independent superstar. Since 17 October 2007, he has gained more than 660.000 fans & friends in 220 countries & territories. He is the first and only Greek independent artist to have reached that level of fame and success.

Sakis Gouzonis has also an extensive history of touring and playing live. Since 1995, he has performed more than 1.000 concerts in many Greek cities and towns, such as Athens, Thessaloniki, Larisa, Volos, Katerini, Trikala, Serres, Kavala, Drama, Korinthos, Karditsa and Elassona. Numerous people have attended and enjoyed his concerts.

Since the release of his first studio album on 8 August 2008, Sakis Gouzonis has received massive press coverage from media outlets around the world, some of which are Highwire Daze, IMRadio, Blazing Minds, Michael Doherty's Music Log, Cross Rhythms, Spacerock Reviews, One World Music, NeuFutur, The Equal Ground, Jamsphere, Beach Sloth, Tilting Windmill Studios, AltSounds, Broadway World, Music Industry News Network, The Indie Authority, The Music Blog, Music Talkers, Top40-Charts, CountryHome, Eyeplug, My Play Tag and MusikFace. Sakis Gouzonis has also been featured on some of the biggest and most popular media outlets in Greece, such as Eparhiakos Logos, Imerisios Kirikas, Eleftheria, Mic, Tro-ma-ktiko, Tralala, Cine Gear, Net Periodiko, Larissa Net, Zougla, Mind Radio, KavalaPress, goTHESS and Flow.

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