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Interview #10

Interview with Greek composer Sakis Gouzonis

Interview by Matt Ortiz
Founder & Chief Executive Officer of TWT Music
New York, United States of America
Friday, 3 June 2016

Sakis Gouzonis is an independent electronic music composer from Greece. Since 2008, Sakis Gouzonis has released nine instrumental electronic music albums; First Contact (2008), New Earth (2009), The Tree Of Life (2010), Ultimate Love (2011), Vast Victory (2012), Spiritual Unity (2013), Golden Heart (2014), A World At Peace (2015) and Liberating Truth (2016).

For his high-quality music, Sakis Gouzonis has received several prominent awards and distinctions, some of which are: 1st Prize in the International Composition Competition 2010 for his music tracks Seed Of Hope and Eternal Peace, a Semi-Finalist Award in the UK Songwriting Contest 2010 for his music tracks Eternal Peace and Elegy, 2nd Prize in the International Composition Competition 2009 for his music track Elohim, and 1st Prize in the 2nd Meeting of Music & Poetry 2009 for his second album titled New Earth.

Thanks for coming on to the interview. Tell us about yourself.

Before we begin our interview, I do want to take the time to thank you, Matt, for giving me the opportunity to present my music and my thoughts to the visitors of your blog. My name is Sakis Gouzonis, and I am 38 years old. I come from Greece. Specifically, I was born in a studio apartment of fifteen square meters in Thessaloniki, which is located on the northern fringe of the Thermaic Gulf.

How old were you when you first got into the music scene? What got you started in music?

When I was twelve years old, my parents bought me an electronic keyboard, and I immediately started playing and composing music. Even though I was just a kid, I had the innate ability to play by ear, to improvise, to arrange music and to create compositions. At the age of sixteen, my parents bought me a semi-professional electronic keyboard. I would spend countless hours creating sounds, composing, arranging, and playing electronic music live.

What genre is your music?

My music is instrumental, electronic and cinematic, as well as very melodic and atmospheric. My compositions and orchestrations are written and performed with a lot of passion and positive energy. I always do my best to keep my music interesting and exciting. Most people are not indifferent when listening to something with a lot of heart and soul.

Have you released any albums or singles?

To this day, I have released 9 studio albums:
First Contact (2008) - http://www.sakisgouzonis.com/first_contact/
New Earth (2009) - http://www.sakisgouzonis.com/new_earth/
The Tree Of Life (2010) - http://www.sakisgouzonis.com/the_tree_of_life/
Ultimate Love (2011) - http://www.sakisgouzonis.com/ultimate_love/
Vast Victory (2012) - http://www.sakisgouzonis.com/vast_victory/
Spiritual Unity (2013) - http://www.sakisgouzonis.com/spiritual_unity/
Golden Heart (2014) - http://www.sakisgouzonis.com/golden_heart/
A World At Peace (2015) - http://www.sakisgouzonis.com/a_world_at_peace/
Liberating Truth (2016) - http://www.sakisgouzonis.com/liberating_truth/

If you could go anywhere in the world to perform, where would you go and why?

It doesn't matter in which country I am. Every country has its own charm and beauty, and every performance is unique. It's not the country, but the type of the venue and the audience that makes a performance memorable.

How do you typically get psyched up for a gig?

I get ready for shows mentally by focusing on my vision and goals and the way that I want my fans to be affected by my performance, and physically by warming my fingers and making sure I have plenty of water. Before a live performance, I also check my instruments to make sure that if something goes wrong, it's not something I could have fixed beforehand.

Where does the majority of your inspiration come from? Older music or more modern music?

The music from the 80’s and 90’s still has a major influence on me. I am also influenced by great composers, such as Vangelis, Yanni, Jean Michel Jarre, John Williams, James Horner, Alan Silvestri and Danny Elfman. I listen to a lot of different music though, and I love digging for things that are new and different.

These days free music downloading has become the norm. It's a constant struggle for artists to make money from music sales. How do you feel about this?

It is true that the internet has enabled people to download music for free. But it is also true that the internet has lowered, and in some cases has eliminated, the cost of music production. Music can now be electronically stored and reproduced instantaneously, with no need for a vinyl, cassette or CD. In the future, everything will be free. The advances we have seen in the last few years -file sharing via the internet, cars that drive themselves, humanoid robots, 3D printers, etc.- are only the beginning of what is yet to come. People will not have to work to feed themselves, clothe themselves or put a roof over their head.

Is your music available for free download anywhere?

I want people to be able to stream and download my music for free, and I want them to share it with their family, friends and colleagues. Everyone can stream and download my music for free at http://www.sakisgouzonis.com/music/ without having to sign up.

Are you a part of any other musical projects?

Not currently.

Do you have a job other than your music career?

I teach English as a foreign language in Greece. As an English teacher, I have always loved the power of words. People frame words, and words in turn impact people. This relationship has always been of interest to me.

How often do you rehearse? Where do you typically rehearse?

I rehearse two or three times a week, depending on whether I have a live performance that week or not. I rehearse in my studio in Elassona, Greece.

Do you have any web pages?

Yes, I do. My official website is www.sakisgouzonis.com. It includes detailed biography, complete discography, a frequently updated electronic press kit, press releases, questions and answers, album reviews, articles, interviews, news, contact details and links. People from around 100 countries visit my official website every month.

How would you describe your sound in one sentence?

Melodic electronic sound that lets you escape to some place in your mind that you have never visited before.

Any pearls of wisdom for all other artists out there with less experience than you?

Don't give up, and remember why you do what you do. The music is supposed to be for you and not about getting loaded with cash. Love and respect your fans and the people that contributed in one way or another to your success.

Great, thank you again for coming on with us. To learn more about Sakis go to http://www.sakisgouzonis.com/home/.

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Interview #9

Interview with Sakis Gouzonis (Music Composer)

Interview by Iain Meddicks
Founder & Owner of CrazyPellas
United Kingdom, European Union
Monday, 23 May 2016

Sakis Gouzonis is a 38-year-old electronic music composer from Thessaloniki, Greece. 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.

Thanks for taking the time to do this interview Sakis Gouzonis. Tell us a bit about yourself, your name, age, where you’re from and an interesting fact if you like...

First of all, I would like to thank you for giving me the opportunity to showcase my music to the members and visitors of your website. I would also like to thank the members and visitors of your website for taking the time out of their day to read about a Greek composer. My name is Sakis Gouzonis, and I am 38 years old. I compose, arrange, orchestrate, produce and perform electronic and cinematic music. Music moves me in a unique and powerful way. I can't imagine my life without it. I also teach English as a foreign language. As an English teacher, I have always loved the power of words. People frame words, and words in turn impact people. This relationship has always been of interest to me.

MUSIC

Is there a story behind your name?

Sakis is a derivative of the name Athanasios. Athanasios is a Greek male name, which means immortal. My name emphasizes that while people come and go, the mark we leave on this world can last forever.

How long have you been composing?

This is now my ninth year. To this day, I have released nine instrumental electronic music albums: First Contact (2008), New Earth (2009), The Tree Of Life (2010), Ultimate Love (2011), Vast Victory (2012), Spiritual Unity (2013), Golden Heart (2014), A World At Peace (2015) and Liberating Truth (2016).

What first got you interested in becoming a music composer?

When I was a kid, I found some cassettes at my parents' home with Christian music on, which I had never heard before. It didn't take me long to fall in love with all the amazing melodies and powerful orchestrations. When I was about twelve years old, I asked my parents to buy me an electronic keyboard. When I touched my first electronic keyboard for the very first time, I felt a strange power all over my body. I instantly understood that music is what I was born to do.

What/Who are you inspired by?

My inspiration comes directly from the beauty and the mysteries of our universe. Magnificent in the starry sky, in the waves of the sea, in the colors of the flowers and the singing of the birds, the universe inspires me a lot, creating in my heart feelings of love, peace, harmony, hope, joy and respect.

Do you use samples or compose your music from scratch?

I never use samples or presets from third parties. All of my tracks feature 100% original music made by myself.

What software and hardware do you use to compose music?

I use the Korg Triton Studio to compose and orchestrate music; the number of its professional sounds and effects is really stunning. For studio monitors, I use the Sennheiser HD 600 headphones, which are engineered for the true audiophile. For live shows, I use the Yamaha MG 16/6 FX mixing console along with the Mackie SRM450 portable powered loudspeakers; their professional sound quality and indestructible portability have made them a live sound legend.

Do you see being a composer as a career or as a hobby?

Being a composer is definitely not just a hobby. I spend hours upon hours composing original music on a regular basis, orchestrating and recording that music in my studio, sending tons of copies out to the press to get reviews and build momentum, lugging heavy gear out on the road to perform my music live for my fans, and managing mailing lists and music social networks.

What are you trying to do with your music? Do you want to help your community? Are you trying to get rich? What is your goal for your music?

I make music because I like to spread happiness to people of all ages and cultures. Music lifts people's spirits up and motivates them. My goal is to lift people's spirits up and motivate them.

Do you have any kind of management, publishing or distribution team behind you? If so what are their responsibilities?

No, I don't.

What are some accomplishments that you have achieved and are most proud of?

Without any assistance from record labels, I have released nine successful studio albums so far. I have also received several prominent awards and distinctions, some of which are: 1st Prize in the International Composition Competition 2010 for my music tracks Seed Of Hope and Eternal Peace, a Semi-Finalist Award in the UK Songwriting Contest 2010 for my music tracks Eternal Peace and Elegy, 2nd Prize in the International Composition Competition 2009 for my music track Elohim, and 1st Prize in the 2nd Meeting of Music & Poetry 2009 for my second studio album titled New Earth.

Have you ever made any contact with big time people in the industry and do you keep in contact with them?

No, I haven't.

What one tip would you give to other music composers?

The line to the place you want to get to is never straight. It strays among the different avenues. Imagine an eight-lane highway eventually going to the same tunnel. Eventually, you get to that place you want to get to, but getting there requires a lot of lane changes.

What do you see is in the future for the music industry? How do you think it will evolve/change?

The music industry has changed beyond recognition during the last ten years. Some parts of the music industry are in decline clearly (e.g., album/track sales), and other parts are filled with potential (e.g., live shows). Long gone are the days of the local record shop, and many of the bigger music stores are on their way out too. With the decline in revenues from recordings, the importance of touring and live shows has increased significantly.

INTERNET

Do you feel like the internet is helping you as an electronic music composer?

Absolutely. Internet technology allows all artists to introduce themselves to a worldwide audience. In our days, the design of software programs encourages the discovery of new artists. There are many music social networks that can help artists succeed. All artists have the opportunity to get exposed to millions of people around the globe, and build a very strong fan base. Artists can even create their own official websites to showcase their music.

How do you think social networks such as Facebook and Twitter have affected the music industry?

I don't use generic social networks, such as Facebook and Twitter, to promote my music. I only use social networks that have a primary focus on music. Music social networks have indeed affected the music industry. Music social networks allow all artists to introduce themselves to a really large audience without necessarily affiliating with a record label. I think record labels have been fully replaced by the music social networks and the internet in general.

Where can we check out your music online?

You can visit my official website, which is www.sakisgouzonis.com. It includes detailed biography, complete discography, a frequently updated electronic press kit, press releases, questions and answers, album reviews, articles, interviews, news, contact details and links. People from around 100 countries visit my official website every month.

IN CLOSING

What projects are you working on at the moment?

My ninth studio album, Liberating Truth, was released last week, so I am in the process of promoting it.

Where do you see yourself in 5-10 years time?

I can only see myself in the studio writing original music.

Do you want to give a shout-out to anyone?

I would like to give a shout-out to all of my fans and friends around the globe. Be proud for what you are. Love one another. Thank you for your support. Thank you for taking the time to read this interview.

Thanks again, Sakis, for doing this interview.

Thank you, Iain.

See the interview #9 as it was published on CrazyPellas


Interview #8

Exclusive interview with music composer ‘Sakis Gouzonis’

Interview by Charlie Ferrer
Founder of MusikFace
Florida, United States of America
Friday, 20 November 2015

Sakis Gouzonis, also known simply as Sakis, is an independent electronic music composer and orchestrator from Greece. Up to now, Sakis Gouzonis has released eight instrumental electronic music albums; First Contact (8 August 2008), New Earth (9 September 2009), The Tree Of Life (10 October 2010), Ultimate Love (11 November 2011), Vast Victory (12 December 2012), Spiritual Unity (13 August 2013), Golden Heart (14 July 2014), and A World At Peace (15 June 2015).

For his high-quality music, Sakis Gouzonis has received several prominent awards and distinctions, some of which are: 1st Prize in the International Composition Competition 2010 for his music tracks Seed Of Hope and Eternal Peace, a Semi-Finalist Award in the UK Songwriting Contest 2010 for his music tracks Eternal Peace and Elegy, 2nd Prize in the International Composition Competition 2009 for his music track Elohim, and 1st Prize in the 2nd Meeting of Music & Poetry 2009 for his second album titled New Earth.

Soon after the release of his first studio album on 8 August 2008, Sakis Gouzonis established himself as one of the best young Greek composers and orchestrators, astonishing critics and audience alike with the beauty of his instrumental electronic music. Steve Sheppard, former commentator of BBC, said in a recent review: “…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…”

On July 25, 2015, the international fan club of Sakis Gouzonis surpassed 600,000 members. Today, Sakis Gouzonis is the most successful and most popular Greek independent artist, having more than 630,000 fans and friends all around the world.

Tell us about how you started as a musician and why.

Before I answer your first question, I would like to thank you for giving me the opportunity to showcase my music. I have been playing music since I was a kid. In 1990, my parents bought me an electronic keyboard, and I immediately started playing music. Although I was just a kid, I had the innate ability to play by ear, to improvise and create new songs. In 2002, I bought my first professional electronic music workstation and all the necessary equipment in order to build my own recording studio in Elassona, Greece. I started my solo career on 8 August 2008 with the release of my first studio album titled First Contact.

Tell us a little about your music and what inspired you to create your songs.

I create instrumental electronic music, which is based on the idea of taking the listener on a journey full of emotions. My music tracks are written and performed with a lot of passion and positive energy. Most people are not indifferent when listening to something with a lot of heart and soul. To this day, I have released eight studio albums, each containing ten instrumental music tracks. All of my studio albums are available for free at www.sakisgouzonis.com. As for my inspiration, it comes from the infinite beauty of our universe; we have a wonderful world to be inspired by.

What do you feel as you play music?

I feel joy, actual sincere joy. I am happy when I play music; it drives me more than food, sleep and sex. I also enjoy the smiles on my listeners’ faces each time I play music.

What are your musical influences?

The music from the 80’s and 90’s still has a major influence on me. I am also influenced by great electronic and film composers, such as Vangelis, Jean Michel Jarre, Yanni, John Williams, James Horner, Alan Silvestri and Danny Elfman. When I first listened to the music of the aforementioned great composers, my life took a whole new direction. I listen to a lot of different music though, and I love digging for things that are new and different.

What are your fondest musical memories?

When I was about twelve years old, I asked my parents to buy me an electronic keyboard. When I touched my first electronic keyboard for the very first time, I felt a strange power all over my body. I instantly understood that music is my gift. I can still remember myself sitting at my parents’ home in Elassona, Greece, spending countless hours every single day playing, composing and arranging music.

Which famous musician or band do you admire? Why?

One famous musician that I admire is James Horner, who is popularly known for writing the music for My Heart Will Go On, the theme for the film Titanic. Horner’s orchestral works show a composer of considerable skill, capable of creating beautiful and memorable tunes. The intelligence of his music tracks is outstanding. It’s a pity that he is not with us anymore.

If you had to listen to one musician or band for the rest of your life, who would it be?

I never knew how much I loved Abba, until I sat down and actually listened to all of their songs. Most bands usually release one or two great albums, but Abba were just so consistently amazing. Abba would be my first choice.

Tell us something about you that very few people know.

I like going outside at night to gaze at the stars. This helps me fall into a state of awe and wonder. I recently read that when we look into the night sky, we are actually looking back in time. It takes a significant amount of time for the light of stars in space to reach our eyes. So, the light we are looking at in tonight’s sky started its journey to our eyes a very long time ago. In effect, we aren’t seeing the stars as they currently are, but as they were at the time the light started its journey. The past is visible above us!

As a musician, what advice would you give to those who want to be musicians?

One of the biggest challenges is to know when the right time is to release your first music album. I think many musicians look back and wish they had waited a little longer before releasing their first album due to the lower standard of their music.

Is there anything that you would do differently in your career?

I wish I had started my music career ten years earlier, but I cannot change that now. I released my first album when I was thirty; I wish I had released it when I was twenty.

When is your next album coming out?

I just started working on my next album. I am in the very preliminary stages of putting together the concept of my next album. The exact release date will be announced soon.

::End of Interview::

You can follow Sakis Gouzonis on:

Official Website: http://www.sakisgouzonis.com

See the interview #8 as it was published on MusikFace


Interview #7

Exclusive interview with Greek electronic music composer Sakis Gouzonis

Interview by Rick Jamm
Journalist for Jamsphere
Texas, United States of America
Thursday, 22 October 2015

Sakis Gouzonis more often referred to as Sakis, is a multi-award winning, Greek composer, orchestrator, arranger, producer and performer of electronic music. His music is based on the idea of taking the listener on a journey full of emotions, and giving the listener a whole new experience. In addition, his music defies all borders and speaks to people of all nations and cultures in a unique and powerful way. Over the last few years, without having any assistance from record labels, Sakis Gouzonis has released a diverse number of successful studio albums, he has won many international music awards and distinctions, as well as gaining more than 600000 fans and friends in 220 countries.

How long have you been doing what you’re doing and how did you get started in the first place?

First and foremost, I would like to thank you for giving me the opportunity to showcase my instrumental music to your readers. I would also like to thank your readers for taking the time out of their day to read about a new electronic composer from Greece. I have been playing, composing and orchestrating music since I was a kid. In 1990, my parents bought me an electronic keyboard, and I immediately started playing music. Even though I was just a kid, I had the innate ability to play by ear, to improvise, to arrange and create songs. After finishing Senior High School, I released two remix compilations of Christian hymns. The first one was released in 1996, and the second one in 1998. In 2000, I was asked to play the keyboard in a band that was backing up Greek singer Costas Fragoraptis. We released two albums, both of which were aired by Greek radio stations. In 2002, I bought my first professional electronic music workstation and all the necessary equipment in order to build my own recording studio. I started my solo career in 2008 with the release of my first studio album First Contact.

Who were your first musical influences that you can remember?

Some of my first musical influences were James Horner, John Williams, Yanni, Vangelis, Jean Michel Jarre, Alan Silvestri and Danny Elfman. I strongly believe that the music you listen to when you are growing up is very important, and for me it changed who I was and everything I wanted to be. When I first listened to the music of the aforementioned great composers, my life took a whole new direction.

Which instrument do you play and use to compose your songs?

I play the keyboard. Although I am an electronic artist, I like using real instruments, not just computers. I am a musician, and I need at least one real musical instrument to compose and orchestrate music. I have been at the creative core of my craft since I was a little boy. And I hope that will never change.

Describe the first piece of musical equipment that you actually purchased with your own money. And which is the one piece of hardware or software you’re still looking to add to your collection now?

I purchased my first piece of musical equipment in 2002; it was the Korg Triton Studio. Back then, the Korg Triton Studio was the ultimate and most expensive keyboard workstation in the world. Lightning-fast CPU, hyper integrated synthesis system, TouchView graphical user interface, 1,536 program locations of user-writable memory, sampling in program and combination and sequencer modes, real-time pattern play and recording, and versatile sequencing with extensive editing capabilities were and still are some of its great characteristics. One piece of hardware I’m still looking to add to my collection now is the Korg Kronos X. One day, I hope I will be able to purchase it. Acquiring the Korg Kronos X is one of my dreams, but I cannot afford it at the moment.

Tell us something about your current hardware/software and instrument setup?

The list of the professional music products that I use is very long, and it would take a lot of space to mention them all here. However, I will mention a few of the products that I use. I still use the Korg Triton Studio to compose and orchestrate music; the number of its professional sounds and effects is really stunning. For studio monitors, I use the Sennheiser HD 600 headphones, which are engineered for the true audiophile. For live shows, I use the Yamaha MG 16/6 FX mixing console along with the Mackie SRM450 portable powered loudspeakers; their professional sound quality and indestructible portability have made them a live sound legend.

Studio work and music creation, or performing and interacting with a live audience, which do you prefer?

I like the studio and the creative process. I like seeing my visions come to life; this feeling is indescribable. I like getting up in the morning with the hope that today I will compose something that really matters to people. But my favorite part is always communicating with my audience. I love the live shows, the energy on stage, the give-and-take with my precious listeners. The applause from my audience fills me with gigantic energy and breathtaking excitement. I have also a strong sense of accomplishment. I have spent countless hours rehearsing, and I have finally delivered my performance.

After 8 studio albums, where do you still get your inspiration from?

My inspiration comes from the beauty and the mysteries of our universe. Magnificent in the starry sky, in the waves of the sea, in the colors of the flowers and the singing of the birds, the universe inspires me a lot, creating in my heart feelings of love, peace, harmony, hope, joy and respect. We have a wonderful world to be inspired by, and each new day is like an adventure into the unknown.

On which one of your songs do you feel you delivered your personal best performance so far, from a technical point of view?

I would say that I delivered my best technical performance on The Power Of Your Love. Its melody and chord structure are very complex. From the intro to the outro, The Power Of Your Love is full of subtle nuances that combined tell the story behind the musical notes.

Which ingredient (or trademark sound) do you think is most essential in making your music sound the way it does?

Apart from me and my abilities as a composer, orchestrator and producer, I think the most essential ingredient in making my instrumental music sound the way it does is my equipment in its entirety.

If you were forced to choose only one, which emotion, more than any other drives you to stay in this tough business. Is it joy, anger, desire, passion or pride and why?

It is joy. I really enjoy the smiles on my listeners’ faces each time I release a new album; being able to inspire people and change their lives for the better is a really beautiful gift. I enjoy making music, because music drives me more than food, sleep and sex. I enjoy making music, because it was one of my earliest comforts. I enjoy making music, because I like to spread happiness to people of all ages and cultures.

Which aspect of being an independent artist and the music making process excites you most and which aspect discourages you most?

I like being an independent artist. As an independent artist, I have full control over my career. This means that I decide when, where and how often I will play or record music. I decide how I want to market myself. I am the owner of my music, not a random record label. I can record all of my music at home and design the graphics for my albums. I can license my music to films, video games, TV shows, radio commercials, YouTube videos, etc. I can get my music into popular blogs, magazines, etc. I can get free radio airplay. I can create and promote videos and podcasts. I can promote my official website worldwide and develop a large fan base through social networks, search engines, e-newsletters, etc. I can organize street teams to help with promotion in every city and town that I visit. I can book and manage myself. I can work from anywhere I am in the world. My global reach is unprecedented. Nothing can discourage me. The opportunities for independent artists have never been greater. It is really exciting to be an independent artist in our days.

Tell us something about your songwriting, recording and production processes. Is it all you, or do you outsource?

I compose and orchestrate my tracks. I perform and record my tracks. I mix and master my tracks. Nobody else has ever been involved in the production of any of my tracks. I do it all on my own.

What is the title of your latest release and where can fans find it?

A World At Peace is the title of my latest release. A World At Peace was officially released on 15 June 2015, and it contains ten brand new tracks of electronic and cinematic music. I worked very hard to deliver a quality album with excellent compositions and powerful orchestrations. Fans can visit http://www.sakisgouzonis.com or http://www.sakisgouzonis.com/music/ to stream and download A World At Peace for free.

The best piece of advice in this business you actually followed so far, and one you didn’t follow, but now know for sure that you should have?

One of the best pieces of advice given to me over the years is that the line to the place I want to get to is never straight. It strays among the different avenues. Imagine an eight-lane highway eventually going to the same tunnel. Eventually, I get to that place I want to get to, but getting there requires a lot of lane changes. I have been following this advice for many years now. I always seek for advice from several sources, and then I evaluate all advice carefully.

What is the independent music scene like in Greece, and do you have more fans there or abroad?

The independent music scene in Greece is very diverse and full of hidden treasures. All genres are performed by Greek independent artists, and people of all ages and backgrounds come to the shows and support the local independent music scene. As for my fans, most of them live in other countries.

Do you consider internet and all the social media websites as fundamental to your career and indie music in general?

Absolutely. Internet technology allows all artists to introduce themselves to a really large audience without necessarily affiliating with a record label. Record labels have been replaced by the internet. Nowadays, the design of software programs encourages the discovery of new artists. The music social networks can help artists succeed. These networks give all artists the opportunity to get exposed to millions of people around the globe. This way, artists can meet new and exciting people from all over the world, become friends, and communicate. If their music appeals to thousands of people, artists can build a very strong fan base too. Artists can even create their own official websites.

How do you achieve your sound? Do you work from a home studio or do you record in a commercial studio?

Gone are the days when I needed to rent a recording studio. Now, I spend numerous hours in my home recording studio, creating freely. I create when, what, and how often I want. I no longer need to worry each time the clock ticks, that I am losing money. In addition, my home recording studio helps me to further master my skills by listening for errors or areas that need improvement. This way, I can take my gift of music to the next level.

What do you think is the biggest barrier you have to face and overcome as Greek indie instrumental music artist, in your quest to achieve your goals and wider-spread success?

Money is a really big barrier that I have to face and overcome every single day. I give away my music for free, so I have to fund everything myself. Fortunately, there are some really precious people that keep donating money to me. I am really grateful to them, because without their financial help, I don’t think I would be able to cover all annual expenses.

Have you ever seriously considered doing music for film?

Yes, I have. Actually, one of my goals is to compose music for a major movie. Although my music has been used in short films, I would love to go one step further, and make my music known to a wider audience through a major movie. I know the hard work involved in achieving this goal, and I know that many people fail, but that’s not going to stop me from working hard towards this goal.

What is the ONE thing you are NOT ever willing or prepared to do, in your quest to achieve a successful musical career?

I am not willing to have someone else record, mix and master my music. I want to be in control of every aspect of my music. I want my music to be a product of me and my own creativity.

Official Links: Artist Website - PureVolume

See the interview #7 as it was published on Jamsphere


Interview #6

Sakis Gouzonis

Interview by Tom Beckett
Founder of My Play Tag
United Kingdom, European Union
Wednesday, 1 July 2015

Sakis Gouzonis is a multi award winning Greek composer, orchestrator, arranger, producer and performer of instrumental electronic music. Sakis Gouzonis, without any help from record labels or marketing companies, has released 8 studio albums (80 original music tracks in total), has won a total of 10 international music awards/distinctions, and has gained more than half a million fans/friends in 220 countries/territories. On 15 June 2015, Sakis Gouzonis released his 8th instrumental electronic music album titled "A World At Peace," which has been achieving major penetration across the globe through the internet.

So, Sakis Gouzonis. Tell us a bit about yourself. Where are you from originally?

Thank you very much for having me today. It's a pleasure to speak with you. My name is Sakis Gouzonis. I am a Greek composer, orchestrator, arranger, producer and performer of instrumental electronic and cinematic music. I have been playing and composing music since I was a kid. Even though I didn't have any knowledge of musical notation when I was a kid, I had the innate ability to play by ear and create original music compositions. After finishing Senior High School, I released two remix compilations of Christian hymns. The first one was released in 1996, and the second one in 1998. In 2000, I was asked to play the keyboard in a band that was backing up Greek singer Costas Fragoraptis. We released two albums, both of which were aired by Greek radio stations. In 2007, I created my MySpace page, which soon became the most popular Greek music page in the history of MySpace. Since 2008, I have released eight studio albums: First Contact (2008), New Earth (2009), The Tree Of Life (2010), Ultimate Love (2011), Vast Victory (2012), Spiritual Unity (2013), Golden Heart (2014), and A World At Peace (2015), which received a lot of radio airplay and press coverage from media outlets around the world. My music is influenced by great music composers, such as James Horner, John Williams, Yanni, Vangelis, Jean Michel Jarre, Alan Silvestri, and Danny Elfman. I am also an English teacher in Greece. As a teacher, I have always loved the power of words, as well as the way they impact people.

What inspired you to write music?

I always wanted to make music. I was obsessed with it from a very young age. It is probably genetics. When I discovered songwriting, I was instantly drawn to it and became obsessed with it very quickly. The combination of expressing my emotions/ideas and creating this beautiful art form was irresistible to me. When I was about twelve years old, I asked my parents to buy me an electronic keyboard. When I touched my own electronic keyboard for the very first time, I felt a very strange power all over my body. I instantly realized that I was going to write music for all of my life. I can still remember myself sitting at my parents' home spending countless hours every single day playing and composing music.

Tell us a bit about your latest album "A World At Peace." What inspired you to write this album?

The main theme of my 8th studio album, which contains ten instrumental electronic and cinematic music tracks, is world peace. I strongly believe that world peace is not only possible but inevitable. It is the next stage in the human evolution. It is time to work together and walk together in order to achieve world peace. We need to teach one another that all tribes and all nations can live together peacefully. If we all made small but important changes in the way we think and the way we act, we could all live in a better and more peaceful world.

How has touring been for you over the past year?

I wish I could tour all year. I love touring. The enthusiasm that my fans are showing for every new album I release has been a constant inspiration for me. At the end of a live show there is an abundance of positive emotions and thoughts racing around inside of me. The applause from my audience fills me with unbelievable energy and excitement. Although since 1995 I have performed more than 1,000 concerts in many Greek cities and towns, I still love and enjoy every minute.

Finally, where are we able to find your music?

It's been a pleasure being able to speak with you. You can always visit my official website, which is http://www.sakisgouzonis.com. It includes detailed biography, complete discography, a frequently updated electronic press kit, press releases, questions and answers, album reviews, articles, interviews, news, contact details and links. People from over 100 countries visit my official website each month. SakisGouzonis.com is full of free instrumental electronic and cinematic music.

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Interview #5

Sakis Gouzonis

Interview by Michell Spoden
Writer for The Journal of Humanitarian Affairs
Oregon, United States of America
Monday, 23 June 2014

The sounds of music are everywhere. From nation to nation they express their own unique value to the world. No matter what language we speak, all we have to do is listen; for when we listen, we hear.

What is your name, age, occupation and nationality?

Before we begin, I would like to thank you for giving me the opportunity to present my music and my thoughts to your viewers. My name is Sakis Gouzonis, I am 36 years old, and I come from Greece. I am a composer, orchestrator, arranger, producer and performer of electronic and cinematic music. Up to now, I have released six studio albums: First Contact (2008), New Earth (2009), The Tree Of Life (2010), Ultimate Love (2011), Vast Victory (2012) and Spiritual Unity (2013). Music is the best way to express myself and communicate with the world. It moves me in a unique and powerful way. I can't imagine my life without it. I am also an English teacher in Greece. As an English teacher, I have always loved the power of words. Great speeches, poems, lyrics, novels and short stories have touched and moved many people throughout the human history. People frame words, and words in turn impact people. This relationship has always been of interest to me.

When did you begin to realize that you had the gift of a musician? Who were some of your major influences?

Usually, people are attracted by seeing certain people exercising a specific gift. But that was not the case with me. No one in my family was a musician, and I had never been to a concert before. Then, one day, I found some cassettes at my parents' home with Christian music on, which I had never heard before. It didn't take me long to fall in love with all the beautiful melodies and wonderful orchestrations. When I was about twelve years old, I asked my parents to buy me an electronic keyboard. When I touched my first electronic keyboard for the very first time, I felt a strange power all over my body. I instantly understood that music is my gift. I can still remember myself sitting at my parents' home in Elassona, Greece, spending countless hours every day playing and composing music. I had the innate ability to play music by ear. I didn't feel the need of attending a music school. Later, I was influenced by some of the greatest electronic and cinematic composers, such as Yanni, Vangelis, John Williams, Danny Elfman, and many others.

Please share with our viewers a bit about your culture? Is music a big part of Greek culture?

Greece has a very long and rich history. It is the homeland of many world-renowned personalities, monuments and ideas. Who hasn't heard of Socrates, Pythagoras, the Parthenon, the Acropolis, the Olympic Games or democracy? Since it is located at the junction between the east and the west, Greece is a country of diverse cultures. And because Greece is a country of diverse cultures and traditions, it is not surprising that its music is just as varied. Due to the Greek assimilation of many different influences of the eastern and western cultures of Asia and Europe, there is always something on offer for every musical taste. Music is indeed a big part of Greek culture; it is an integral part of people's everyday routine. It is highly regarded and present in all private and public festivities. Music in Greece is also related to other sciences, such as mathematics and philosophy, thus it is one of the important subjects in young people's education.

What sort of musician do you consider yourself to be?

I consider myself to be a creative musician. Being a creative musician has helped me find not only a perfect way to process my own emotions and to develop positively as a human being, but also a perfect way in which to share that positive experience with other people around the world in a way that empowers them. In making music and performing live I always experience a very powerful exchange of positive energy. I now know that music can inspire us all to make positive choices in our lives, and to create stronger, more active and more compassionate global communities.

Do you learn lessons from life through the music you produce?

One of the life lessons I have learned through producing music is to be discipline. Music is a very interesting art form. Its ability to draw emotions from deep within us appeals to our right brain. But music is also left brain in nature; it is ordered and disciplined. There is discipline and structure in a music composition and in its orchestration, performance, mixing and mastering. Neglecting discipline and structure generally creates undesirable results. Another life lesson I have learned through producing music is to appreciate the subtleties of life. A piece of music is full of subtle nuances that combined tell the story behind the musical notes; the intro, the solo, the outro, the highs and lows. Life is full of big moments, little moments and in-between moments. And we have to appreciate all of these moments, because if we don't, we will always be in a state of disappointment and dissatisfaction. Every life is like a piece of music.

Do you consider yourself to be a spiritual person?

Creativity and spirituality go hand in hand. Since I am a creative person, I am also a spiritual person. Through the act of creating music, I am communicating with my soul, and the final music product is the manifestation of that. As I previously said, music is both left brain and right brain in nature. The left side of the brain is the logical side, while the right side of the brain is the creative side. The right side allows me to connect with my soul; it has a direct line to my soul. Music is highly spiritual, and its power knows no limits; it can make people smile or feel sad, it can make people hyperactive or calm, it can even heal wounds of the heart.

Are you involved with any sort of humanitarian projects?

Humanitarian organizations and their members are doing an excellent job. Personally, I am not a member of any humanitarian organizations in or outside my country, but my love for other people always moves me, for example, to help the hungry and the poor, whether they live in the next house, the next city, or the next country. Lately, I have seen a lot of people in need financially, physically and spiritually. I feel it is my responsibility to help fight hunger and poverty whenever I can. I think it is not right for one person to enjoy, eat and waste food, while the hungry and the poor don't know where their next meal will come from. We need to accept that it is our responsibility to fight hunger and poverty and not that of the government alone.

What is most important to you in life and why?

Music and love. In fact, my first published music composition is called Anthem Of Love. It is included in my first studio album, First Contact. I wrote Anthem Of Love to show people through music what love is; not only romantic love, but also any other form of love. Love is both invisible and invincible. Love is powerful enough to transform you in a moment, and bring you unspeakable joy. Love is strong, patient, kind, and lasts even though you may not understand or feel differently. Love never gives up, and endures through every circumstance. Love lasts through all the fear, the sorrow, the pain, the anger. Love is free, and has the power to free you from all the weight in life.

Do you have any favorite American musical artists? If so, who are they?

One of my favorite American artists is James Horner, who is popularly known for writing the music for My Heart Will Go On, the theme for the film Titanic. Horner's orchestral works show a composer of considerable skill, capable of creating memorable and catchy tunes. His ability to infuse substantial intelligence into his music tracks is noteworthy. Another favorite artist is Elvis Presley. Although he is not with us anymore, his unique and captivating interpretations of his songs are still fascinating to many people, including me. His songs were a celebration of love and music; they were the epitome of rock 'n' roll. I wish I lived when he was alive.

What are some of your long-term goals?

One of my long-term goals is to compose music for a major movie or a major documentary. Although my music has been used in short films and short documentaries, I would love to go one step further, and make my music known to a wider audience through major movies and major documentaries. I know the hard work involved in achieving this goal, and I know that many people fail, but that's not going to stop me from working hard towards this goal throughout my music career. Another long-term goal is to have released ten studio albums (that's one hundred tracks of original music) by the year 2017. My seventh studio album is set to be released on 14 July 2014.

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Interview #4

Interview with Sakis Gouzonis

Interview by Peter Nochik
Editor of UK Top 40 Charts
United Kingdom, European Union
Sunday, 20 October 2013

Do you like/write weird music?

The term "weird music" is generic. It's like asking me if I like/write beautiful music. Something that is beautiful to me isn't always beautiful to others, and something that is weird to me isn't always weird to others.

When and where did your experience in music start?

In 1990, my parents bought me an electronic keyboard. I was so happy that I started playing and composing music immediately. I can still remember myself sitting at my parents' home in Elassona, Greece, spending countless hours every day playing and composing music. Many years later, on 8 August 2008, I released my 1st studio album entitled First Contact, which received a lot of radio airplay and press coverage from media outlets around the world.

What are you currently working on, and what are your plans for the rest of the year?

As you already know, I have just released my 6th studio album entitled Spiritual Unity, which can be downloaded from my official website, www.SakisGouzonis.com. I am currently working on planning my tour for this autumn. So, remember to visit my official website for all the latest news.

What do you consider your greatest inspirational sources in music?

The grandeur, the beauty, the diversity and the mysteries of the universe are my greatest inspirational sources in music. Magnificent in the starry sky, in the waves of the sea, in the colors of the flowers and the singing of the birds, the universe inspires me a lot, creating in my heart feelings of love, peace, harmony, joy and respect.

Please describe your personal studio for us.

It is a secret alien place located at the foot of Mount Olympus. Nobody is allowed to enter the studio, unless they are accompanied by me or they are sent by the Elohim.

What are your favorite readings?

I read science fiction a lot. One of my all-time favorite readings is Jurassic Park by Michael Crichton.

Are you religious?

We are all born worshipers, and we will worship something or someone no matter what. The question is, do we need to worship something or someone that we have never seen or met before?

If you were another person, would you be friends with you?

If I was another person, then it wouldn't be me answering this question.

What is your best physical attribute?

My smile.

Do you have a secret talent and what is it?

If I told you, it wouldn't be a secret talent any more.

Three things you cannot live without?

My music workstation, my portable MP3 player and my PC.

What is one unique thing you are afraid of?

Right now, I am afraid of what you might ask next.

If you were a worm, how long would you be?

I would be the same size as Wacky Jacky.

Who is Wacky Jacky?

A worm in my garden. It's really huge.

Anything else?

Yes. I would like to invite your readers to my official website, www.SakisGouzonis.com, where they can listen to and download beautiful electronic and cinematic music.

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Interview #3

DozenQ - Sakis Gouzonis

Interview by Boo Madly
Webmaster & Designer of Eyeplug
United Kingdom, European Union
Friday, 5 July 2013

Sakis Gouzonis, more often referred to as Sakis, is a Greek electronic composer. He has released five studio albums over the last five years (First Contact, New Earth, The Tree Of Life, Ultimate Love and Vast Victory), winning multiple international awards for his music. Today, his international fan club consists of more than 440,000 members in 220 countries. What makes this all the more amazing is that it has all been done independently, with no record labels involved in supporting him. He is the only Greek independent artist to have reached that level of fame and success.

How did you get started in music?

I have been playing and composing music since I was a kid. In 1990, my parents bought me an electronic keyboard, and I immediately started playing and composing music. I can still remember myself sitting at my parents' home spending countless hours every day composing, orchestrating, creating sounds, and playing music. After finishing Senior High School, I released two remix compilations of Christian hymns. The first one was released in 1996, and the second one in 1998. In 2000, I was asked to play keyboards in a band that was backing up Greek singer Costas Fragoraptis. We released two albums, and both of them were aired by Greek radio stations. On 8 August 2008, I released my first studio album entitled First Contact, which received a lot of radio airplay and press coverage from media outlets around the world.

Where did your direction come from?

The music you listen to when you are growing up is extremely important, and for me it changed who I was and everything I wanted to be. When I first listened to the music of Jean Michel Jarre, Yanni and Vangelis, my life took a new direction.

Who were your major influences and inspirations, and who do you despise?

I believe that the music from the 80's and 90's was a major influence. I was also influenced by great electronic and cinematic composers, such as Jean Michel Jarre, Yanni, Vangelis, John Williams, James Horner, Danny Elfman, Alan Silvestri, and many others. I despise all those that spread hate around the world, instead of accepting people as they are.

What inspires you to make your current type of songs and sound?

The idea of inspiration is a bit hard to comprehend. Something that one person may not even notice could be the most inspiring thing to someone else. Personally, I am inspired by so many things; planets, stars, people, nature, paintings, dreams, etc. The list could go on forever.

What can someone who has never seen you live before expect from your live shows then and possibly even now?

He/she can expect a Greek electronic composer on stage that performs with passion and a lot of positive energy. In my live act I do my best to recreate the sound of my studio albums, but with the emotionality of a live show.

How do you begin your tracks? What types of themes and subjects do you deal with?

Each one of my tracks comes in a moment of inspiration. My music is about the universe, it is about the infinite, it is about the mysterious forces that we all feel to be around us, it is about what we can and what we cannot understand. My complicated rhythms tell people something about the equally complex rhythms of their inner life.

How has your music evolved since you first began playing?

That's a great question. Well, my melodies have become more emotional, and my orchestrations and chord structures have become more complex. In addition, music technology has improved vastly since I started recording, as has my access to that technology. My music tracks just keep getting stronger and stronger.

What has been your biggest challenge? Have you been able to overcome this? If so, how?

My biggest challenge has always been not having enough knowledge for solving technical problems as quickly as I would like to. But I will say that I have very high standards. Being a perfectionist both in the studio and live on stage is a constant challenge for me.

Do you play covers? If you could pick any song, which would you like to cover most and why?

It is very easy to fall into the trap of wanting to play other people's music. For me, there is nothing more satisfying than playing my own original music and people responding to it in a really positive way.

Where do you envisage yourself being in five years' time?

In five years' time, I envisage myself being in my studio recording a "greatest hits" album.

Who would you most like to record with?

I would most like to record with Vangelis or Yanni. They are both great Greek composers.

What should we be expecting from you in the near future?

I am currently working on my sixth studio album, which is going to be released on 13 August 2013. I am also working on planning my tour for this autumn. So, remember to visit my official website SakisGouzonis.com for all the latest news. Thanks in advance.

Web Links:

SakisGouzonis.com

SakisGouzonis.com/music/

myspace.com/sakisgouzonis

purevolume.com/sakisgouzonis

imradio.com/sakisgouzonis

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Interview #2

Interview with Sakis Gouzonis

Interview by Christian Lamitschka
Editor of CountryHome
Germany, European Union
Thursday, 8 July 2010

Electronic Music has many new fans in Europe, who may be hearing about you for the first time. How would you describe yourself and the music you play to someone who's never seen or heard you before?

My name is Sakis Gouzonis, I come from Greece, and I have been writing and playing music all of my life. I am an international award-winning composer, orchestrator, arranger, and producer of electronic music. On 8 August 2008, my debut album, First Contact, was released internationally, and on 9 September 2009, my second album, New Earth, was released internationally. My music is influenced by great composers, such as James Horner, Yanni, Jean Michel Jarre, Vangelis, Danny Elfman, John Williams, and Alan Silvestri. I live for touching people's souls with my music, for giving them a little bit of heaven.

How was the last year for you? What were the highlights?

2009 was the year of birth of my second album, New Earth. I took part in the UK Songwriting Contest 2009 that was held in the United Kingdom, and I was awarded a Semi-Finalist Certificate for my original music composition Elohim. My second album, New Earth, was awarded 1st prize in the 2nd Meeting of Music and Poetry 2009 that took place in Greece. I also took part in the International Composition Competition 2009, and I was awarded a medal and a diploma for my original music composition Elohim. I was Number 1 on the Pop, Electronica, and Electroacoustic Music Charts throughout the year 2009 among all Greek Pop, Electronica, and Electroacoustic Artists/Bands on MySpace. I was also Number 1 on the Greek Music Charts throughout the year 2009 among all Greek Artists/Bands of all genres on MySpace.

There's a lot of work that goes into a number one hit. What did it take to make it in your case?

Obviously, it takes working extremely hard at your music. To get on the charts and reach number one you need to promote your music many hours a day. You have to send your music to the reporting radio stations and ask them to play your music. You also have to send your music to newspapers and magazines. Of course, your music has to be awesome. Prayer helps a lot too.

As an artist you have to do so many different things, such as recording, touring, doing interviews, etc. What do you like best, what's your favorite activity?

I like the studio and the creative process. I like seeing my visions come to life in a recording; this feeling is really indescribable. I like getting up in the morning with the hope that today I will write something that really matters to people. But my favorite part is always communicating with my fans. My fans support me and encourage me every day. I love the live shows, the energy on stage, the give-and-take with the audience.

Before you become a star, were your friends and family supportive or was it a struggle?

My family and friends have been very supportive. They believed in me from day one and I wouldn't be the person I am today without them. They helped me become a successful music composer, not through money, but through love and encouragement.

Who's your biggest critic, yourself or others?

Me, myself and I! I must be the nitpickiest person on planet earth! Most people wouldn't even notice the things I can pick on myself about. In my opinion, you have to be a perfectionist to be a successful artist.

What can your fans expect to see when they see you in concert?

A dynamic, powerful, exciting, and full of positive energy performance that people can be a part of. I want my fans and friends to be as much a part of the show as possible. I want people to leave happy and can't wait to come back again and again!

Many music fans today get their information about artists via the internet. Do you have your own website and what will fans find there?

Yes, I do. My official website is www.SakisGouzonis.com, where fans can read all the latest news about me and my music, listen to audio clips, buy my music, take part in contests, and more.

What's the best compliment a fan has ever given you?

One of the best compliments I got from one of my fans was, "your music makes me feel heaven."

What message would you like to send to your European fans?

Thanks for taking the time to read this interview. I hope you will check out my official website at www.SakisGouzonis.com. I can't wait to see you all at my concerts! Bring your hearts with you. God loves you all.

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Interview #1

The grand artistry of Sakis Gouzonis

Interview by Kenneth Morton
Editor & Publisher of Highwire Daze
California, United States of America
Tuesday, 2 February 2010

Sakis Gouzonis is a composer from Greece who's work has excited and enchanted music aficionados from all across the world. With two CD releases (New Earth and First Contact) and an impressive collection of awards he has achieved throughout his career, the electronic artistry found within the work of Sakis Gouzonis is inspiring to behold. Here is a recent interview we conducted with this talented composer...

Introduce yourself and tell me how long you have been doing electronic music -and who were some of the bands or musicians who influenced you to take on this style of music?

First of all, I would like to thank you for your interest in my music. It really means a lot to me. I am a Greek composer, orchestrator, arranger and producer of electronic music. I have been playing and writing music since I was a little boy, and I have taken part in many musical projects. However, I began to work on my own a few years ago, and my personal discography counts two albums to date. My first album, First Contact, was released internationally on 8 August 2008, and my second album, New Earth, was released internationally on 9 September 2009. My music is influenced by Jean Michel Jarre, Vangelis, Yanni, James Horner, Danny Elfman, John Williams, Alan Silvestri, and many other talented composers. I listen to a lot of different music though, and I love digging for things that are new, different, and appealing.

Is there any story or concept behind the title of the CD New Earth?

We are living in a powerful and transformative time when greater light shines from the Heavens onto the Earth. This influx of light is triggering a series of inner shifts and transformations that will ultimately change our outer world. A New Earth is coming in which tears and pain will be a thing of the past. I have worked countless hours to express this change through my music.

What city are you from and what is the music scene like in Greece?

I was born and grew up in Thessaloniki, Greece. The music scene in Greece is very diverse and full of hidden treasures. All kinds of music are performed in Greece and people of all ages and backgrounds come to the shows and support the local scene.

How easy or difficult is it to decide on a title for an instrumental piece?

Very good question. I wouldn't say it is difficult, but it is very intense. I title my instrumental pieces very carefully. I always try to find a title that reflects the theme and atmosphere of an instrumental composition using the process of elimination.

Do you participate in any other musical projects or bands outside of your solo work? If so, who are they and what are they like?

I used to participate in other musical projects and bands as a keyboardist and orchestrator, but the last couple of years or so I have been working on my own music compositions.

Describe your music to someone who has never heard it before.

Melodic electronic music that lets you escape to some place in your mind that you have never visited before.

You have mentioned that your music is on the Myspace Christian music charts. How does Christianity and the teachings of Christ influence your music?

My music is an expression of my being made in the image of a creative God. The joy that I give away to people has come out of experiences I have had on my own and how through them God has revealed many things. When I write a music composition or give a concert I pray a prayer to God asking Him to guide me and help me be helpful to other people.

Any strange or unusual MySpace stories you could share with us?

A Greek man sent me a message telling me that he had a fight with singer Lyndsay Jackson, and he needed me to pass a message to her. He needed to apologize himself and ask for her forgiveness. He even gave me his telephone number in order to call him and help him out.

You have won quite a few live competitions in Greece. How exciting and nerve wracking is it to perform in these competitions?

It is very exciting and nerve cracking. I think every artist is pretty nervous before and during a music composition contest. Everybody wants to win. The adrenaline is at its peak and the atmosphere is electrified. But at the same time, it is a great way for us artists to obtain a reliable and valued response to our music from professional judges.

Outside of the competitions you have entered, have you ever performed a live set or would you want to do so in the future?

Up to now, I have given more than 900 live performances. Thousands of people of all ages and backgrounds have come to my live performances, and I personally feel very blessed. It is so great seeing so many people enjoying my music. And their comments on my live performances are very encouraging.

With your music being so cinematic, have you ever wanted to compose film scores -and what are some of your favorite film scores or soundtracks?

Yes. I would love to write music for a movie or a documentary some day. It is one of my dreams. Some of my favorite film scores and soundtracks include My Heart Will Go On by James Horner, Edward Scissorhands by Danny Elfman, Jurassic Park by John Williams, Lord Of The Rings by Howard Shore, Star Wars by John Williams, and Harry Potter by John Williams.

What is it you'd like a listener to remember the most after hearing New Earth for the very first time?

I would like my listeners to remember the emotional melodies of the New Earth album, and feel stronger and happier each time they listen to it.

How close are you to writing and recording all new material?

I am currently in my home studio working on my next album. About half of the album is ready at the moment and I am very excited. There is a lot of energy and emotion in my new tracks. I am sure my fans are going to like it.

Do you have any messages for your fans all over the world and/or people now reading about you for the very first time?

Be proud for what you are. Love one another. We are all one. I hope you will check out my New Earth album by visiting my official website www.SakisGouzonis.com. Thank you for taking the time to read this interview.

Sakis Gouzonis on MySpace

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