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Sakis Gouzonis: Bio

Here you can read in plain text and download in PDF format the full biography of Sakis Gouzonis. Over the last seven years, without having any assistance from record labels, management/booking agencies or marketing companies, Sakis has released 7 successful studio albums, he has won a total of 7 international music awards and 3 international distinctions, and he has gained more than 530.000 fans/friends in 220 countries/territories. People call him a phenomenon.

 

Biography

Sakis Gouzonis
Composer | Orchestrator


"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

 

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Sakis Gouzonis (Greek: Σάκης Γκουζώνης, pronounced: 'sakis gou'zonis, audio), more often referred to as Sakis, is a multi award winning composer, orchestrator, arranger, 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.


 

..:: In The Beginning ::..

Sakis was born on 16 March 1978 to Nicolas and Frideriki Gouzonis, in a humble studio apartment of fifteen square meters in Thessaloniki, Greece. 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.

 

..:: The Early Years ::..

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 released two remix compilations of well-known Christian hymns. The first remix compilation was released in 1996, and the second one in 1998. A lot of people around the world were blessed, and sent him many encouraging letters. Moreover, some of his remixes were broadcast on Greek radio.

From July 1997 to January 1999, Sakis served in the Greek Army. During his service, he was given the opportunity to perform for the General of the First Army. It was a great honor for him.

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

Three years and three months later, Sakis returned to the town of Elassona, where he still lives and works today.

 

..:: His Musical Career ::..

In 2007, Sakis participated in the International Composition Competition 2007. This competition is an annual event that gives artists and bands from all over the world 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 17 October 2007, Sakis created an official page on MySpace, once the world's largest music social network. It 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 classic MySpace on 12 June 2013, Sakis was the most popular Greek artist on MySpace for six consecutive years. During his presence on MySpace, 384.710 listeners in 220 countries/territories became fans of his music.

On 1 August 2008, Sakis launched his official website, www.SakisGouzonis.com. Since then, numerous people have been visiting it on a daily basis. Today, his official website is one of the most visited artist websites in Greece and internationally. It currently includes detailed biography, complete discography, a frequently updated electronic press kit, press releases, questions & answers, album reviews, articles and interviews in English and Greek, news, contact details, links and more. It is overflowing with free Greek instrumental music.

On 8 August 2008, Sakis 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'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

Album Track List

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


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"...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..."

- Kenneth Morton, Highwire Daze e-magazine


 

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 Greek and international artists every year. Sakis won 3rd Prize for his original music composition Elegy.

On 5 October 2008, Sakis created an official artist site on iSound. Until the closing of iSound on 19 July 2012, Sakis 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 internationally.

On 20 October 2008, Sakis 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 is still the most popular Greek artist on PureVolume, having more than 140.000 fans.

On 13 December 2008, Sakis created an official profile on IMRadio, which he decided to delete on 18 November 2013. Until the closing of his official IMRadio profile, Sakis was the most popular Greek and international artist on IMRadio for five consecutive years. In addition, he was featured a lot of times on the home page of IMRadio, and his music was broadcast thousands of times by the radio station.

Sakis Gouzonis's unique ability to conquer every music social network he decides to use is truly remarkable and unprecedented.

On 9 September 2009, Sakis 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 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

Album Track List

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


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"...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..."

- MC Rydel, 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 was awarded a Semi-Finalist certificate for his original music composition Elohim.

During the 2nd Meeting of Music & Poetry that was held on 14 November 2009 in Greece, Sakis was awarded 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 who look for artists and bands whose talent exceeds a high standard of excellence. Sakis won 2nd Prize for his original music composition Elohim.

In 2010, Sakis participated in the UK Songwriting Contest 2010 that was held in the United Kingdom. There were over 5.000 entries that year from the United States of America, Canada, South America, Australia, New Zealand, Asia and Europe. Sakis was awarded two Semi-Finalist certificates for his original music compositions Elegy, and Eternal Peace. 2010 judges included the top producer, musical director and doctor of music Richard Niles, the top producer and songwriter Simon Ellis, the well-known BBC Radio controller Lesley Douglas (now a director and head of TV at Universal Music UK), the Stage's writer, blogger and BBC Radio guest expert Scott Matthewman and many others.

On 10 October 2010, Sakis 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 by Greek and foreign music reviewers and journalists. Sakis'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 internationally.



Free instrumental music album The Tree Of Life by Sakis Gouzonis

Album Track List

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


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"...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..."

- Michael Doherty, Michael Doherty's Music Log blog


 

In 2010, Sakis participated in the International Composition Competition 2010. This contest invites entries from Greece and all over the world, and it is supported by highly respected names in music today. Sakis won 1st Prize for his original music compositions Eternal Peace, and Seed Of Hope. That was also the last time that he took part in a composition competition.

On 11 November 2011, Sakis 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 received a lot of enthusiastic reactions from his worldwide audience, as well as wonderful reviews by 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

Album Track List

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


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"...'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..."

- Daniel Miller, Blazing Minds blog


 

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



Free instrumental music album Vast Victory by Sakis Gouzonis

Album Track List

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


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"...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..."

- Steve Sheppard, One World Music e-radio


 

On 13 August 2013, Sakis released his 6th studio album titled Spiritual Unity in MP3 format. His 6th album features ten original tracks about the spiritual unity of humanity. Spiritual Unity has a contemplative, refreshing and uplifting quality that is rare in electronic music. Sakis received excellent reviews for this album by 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

Album Track List

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


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"...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."

- Ted Rogen, The Equal Ground e-magazine


 

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

On 14 July 2014, Sakis 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 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

Album Track List

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


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Sakis Gouzonis is the most successful and the most popular Greek independent artist all over the world. His international audience is very big and active. Since 2007, he has gained more than 530.000 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 has also an extensive history of touring and playing live. Since 1995, he has given more than 1.000 live performances in many Greek cities and towns, such as Athens, Thessaloniki, Larisa, Volos, Katerini, Trikala, Serres, Kavala, Drama, Korinthos, Karditsa and Elassona. Many thousands of people have attended his live performances.

Since the release of his first studio album in 2008, Sakis has received much press coverage from media outlets around the world, such as Highwire Daze [1] [2], IMRadio [3], Blazing Minds [4] [5], Cross Rhythms [6], Spacerock Reviews [7], One World Music [8], NeuFutur [9], The Equal Ground [10], AltSounds [11], Broadway World [12] [13], Music Industry News Network [14] [15] [16], Wrecked Radio [17], CountryHome [18], Eyeplug [19], UK Top 40 Charts [20] and The Journal of Humanitarian Affairs [21]. Sakis has also been featured on some of the biggest Greek newspapers, blogs, e-magazines and portals, such as Eparhiakos Logos [22] [23] [24] [25], Imerisios Kirikas [26] [27] [28], Eleftheria [29], Mic [30], Tro-ma-ktiko [31] [32], Tralala [33] [34] [35], Net Periodiko [36] [37] [38], Larissa Net [39] [40] [41], Zougla [42] [43] [44] [45] [46], KavalaPress [47] and Flow [48].

Latest Update: 25 July 2014

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