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Inspired by the beauty of our universe – Interview with Sakis Gouzonis
Interview by the Drooble Team
Music Critics for Drooble
Bulgaria, European Union
Friday, 11 January 2019
We’ve already presented Greek electronic music composer Sakis Gouzonis ‘on the pages’ of Drooble. With eleven full-length albums behind his back, several awards, live shows and most importantly enviable dedication and discipline he’s one of the most prolific artists you’ll meet on the platform. Having created a strong bond with electronic music and synthesizers since a young age, Gouzonis has evolved in an ever-active and dedicated composer and performer. If you somehow missed meeting him on Drooble you can catch up in our fresh interview with the man himself.
Hello! Tell the world about yourself. How did you grow up to become the musician you are today?
Hello! First of all, I would like to thank you for giving me the opportunity to promote my music through your blog. My name is Sakis Gouzonis, and I come from Greece. I am a composer, orchestrator, producer and performer of instrumental electronic music. To this day, I have released eleven studio albums, all of which are available through my official website, www.sakisgouzonis.com. Music is the best way to express myself and communicate with the world. I just can’t imagine my life without it.
When I was about twelve years old, I asked my parents to buy me an electronic keyboard. When I put my hands on my keyboard for the very first time, I felt a strange power all over my body. I instantly understood that music was my gift. I can still remember myself sitting at my parents’ home in Elassona, Greece, spending countless hours every day playing music. I had the innate ability to play music by ear. I didn’t feel the need for attending a music school. In 2002, I bought my first professional music workstation and all the necessary equipment in order to build my home studio. I started my music career in 2008 with the release of my first studio album “First Contact.”
Introduce your current musical projects and tell us what makes each one special for you!
I recently released my eleventh studio album, “Open Horizon,” which contains ten brand new tracks of instrumental electronic music. While there are many pessimistic scenarios and forecasts, I am very optimistic about humanity’s future. In our days, science is really outpacing itself. I believe that space science will soon make a great leap forward, and we will have operating human colonies in many parts of our solar system. I also believe that medical science will soon advance so much that the human lifespan will be increased a lot, and the quality of our lives will be radically improved. Humanity’s future is an open horizon of many positive possibilities. Listeners can visit my official website to stream or download “Open Horizon.”
You have been playing music for a long while! How do you find the drive and inspiration to keep going all this time?
My inspiration comes directly from the great mysteries of our beautiful universe. Our beautiful universe inspires me a lot, creating in my heart many positive feelings, such as love, peace, harmony, hope, joy and respect. I like making and playing new music, because I am able to bring something to the world that makes me and my listeners very happy. I really enjoy the smiles on my listeners’ faces when I release a new music album or perform live. Spreading happiness to people of all nations and cultures is something that I really enjoy doing.
How is your local music scene in your perspective? Do you feel like you belong there?
The local music scene is very diverse and full of hidden treasures. Both unknown and famous talented artists from all music genres play music here, and people of all ages and backgrounds come to the live shows to support the local music scene. When a city or country has a supportive musical environment, the artists have a chance to grow and expand. This is great both for the artists and the listeners who have a wide variety of music to choose from. Fortunately, electronic music is part of the local music scene.
What is your all-time favorite record and how did it change you as an artist?
“Super Synthesizer” performed by the Gino Marinello synthesizer section is definitely one of my all-time favorite records. It’s a collection of many beautiful electronic music tracks composed by famous music composers. It features “Oxygene” by Jean-Michel Jarre, “Chariots Of Fire” by Vangelis, “Axel F” by Harold Faltermeyer, “Popcorn” by Gershon Kingsley, and many other amazing electronic pieces. When I first listened to the music of these composers my life took a completely new direction.
What are your favorite software and hardware tools for music production?
I use the Korg Triton Studio music workstation to produce new music. Lightning-fast CPU, hyper integrated synthesis system, TouchView graphical user interface, 1,536 program locations of user-writable memory, and versatile sequencing with extensive editing capabilities are only some of its great characteristics. 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, whose professional sound quality and indestructible portability have made them a live sound legend.
What is your songwriting process like?
The initial idea for a music composition comes in a moment of inspiration. My inspiration comes from the universe. My inspiration comes from a bright sun on a beautiful morning. My inspiration comes from a green tree or a singing bird. And when inspiration hits me, I work as hard as I can to write quality music. I write the melody and the chords at the same time, because I believe that this is the most effective way to write beautiful music. As you already know, my music is instrumental, which means it has no lyrics.
Out of all the live shows you played, which one was the most memorable, and why?
One of the most memorable live shows was the 2nd Meeting of Music & Poetry, which was held in Volos, Greece. It was attended by hundreds of music industry professionals, artists and listeners. During the Meeting, I performed “Elohim,” the third track from my second studio album, “New Earth.” The energy on stage was really electric. The applause from the audience filled me with breathtaking excitement. I had a strong sense of accomplishment. At the end of the Meeting, I received a lot of positive feedback regarding my music and live performance. It was a magical night that I will always remember.
What is your biggest musical goal?
One of my biggest musical goals is to make my music known to as many people as possible. So far, I have written 110 original compositions, all of which are available on my official website. But I would also like to take part in the Eurovision Song Contest, because it is a cultural event that unites people from many different countries and cultures, and gives us artists the opportunity to make our music known to a wider audience.
How has being on Drooble helped you as a musician?
Drooble has given me the opportunity to share my music with a worldwide audience. It reminds me of the classic MySpace, which helped many artists to become famous during the previous decade. I think Drooble is doing what MySpace was doing during the previous decade, but in a much more modern and innovative way. And if I remember well, it will be redesigned soon, so I can’t wait to see what it will look like in the very near future.
Sakis Gouzonis – Interview
Interview by Rebecca Cullen
Founder of Stereo Stickman
United Kingdom, European Union
Thursday, 4 May 2017
Sakis Gouzonis is a unique musician and composer with a seemingly endless drive to create and craft new music. Last summer we took an in depth look at his album Liberating Truth. This past week we were blessed with an opportunity to interview the artist and find out a little more about his creative process and his thoughts on the evolution of the music industry. Here’s how it went.
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Thank you so much for your time today – it’s a pleasure to be able to chat with you!
Thank you for giving me the opportunity to present my music and my thoughts to the readers of your online music magazine. I would also like to thank the readers of your magazine for taking the time out of their day to read about a Greek independent composer.
You’ve lived your life as a musician and creative, through and through; releasing 10 studio albums so far, independently I might add. What is it that keeps you motivated to create, and how do you feel things change for you as an artist from one project to the next – is there a notable evolution from the first to the latest?
It is very exciting to be an independent artist these days. The opportunities for independent artists have never been greater. What keeps me motivated to create is my constant desire to explore new musical horizons. I like getting up in the morning with the hope that today I will write something that really matters to people; I like the feeling of making a difference in someone else’s life.
My music is, of course, constantly evolving. My compositions 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 just keeps getting stronger and stronger.
You started your music career by playing an electronic keyboard your parents bought you in 1990. How has your approach to making music changed since then, and how has the music world itself evolving and growing affected you as an artist?
It is true that the music world has significantly changed over the years. Some parts of it 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 arrival of the internet, everything has changed. 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 addition, the opportunities for independent artists like me have never been greater. As an independent artist, I have full control over my career. I am the owner of my music, not a random record label. 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 can record all of my music at home and design the graphics for my albums. I can license my music to video games, films, etc. I can get my music into popular music blogs, magazines, etc. I can get radio airplay. I can develop a large fan base through social networks and my official website. My global reach is unprecedented.
How do you begin when composing something new, and does everything you make gets put out?
Each one of my music compositions comes in a moment of inspiration. 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, dreams, etc. The list could go on forever. Of course, not everything I compose gets released. Sometimes, some of my music compositions end up in my ‘not used’ folder until I decide what to do with them.
Do you find making music to be therapeutic, and do you write for yourself for the most part or always with an audience in mind?
I find making music to be incredibly therapeutic and beneficial for both my mind and body during tough times. It is no coincidence that my Greek ancestors recognized Apollo as both the god of music and the god of medicine. Writing music is the only way I know to transform any negative feelings into something beautiful. I write music for myself, so I am really amazed at how many people relate to it, and I’m very appreciative of that.
We wrote about your album Liberating Truth not too long ago. A beautifully complex and atmospheric collection. Do your albums each follow a set concept, or do you compose the tracks individually and then arrange them as a new project afterwards?
All of my albums follow a set concept; they all have a very specific theme. First I pick up a theme, and then I begin to compose some very powerful music on that theme. The theme of my latest studio album is space. It’s a new electronic music album inspired by space exploration and the most momentous technological breakthroughs of our times.
Who inspires you in the music world, perhaps from your childhood days and also in recent years, if anyone?
Some of the most important inspirations in my childhood were James Horner, John Williams, Yanni, Vangelis and Jean-Michel Jarre. Their orchestral works are very touching, beautiful and intelligent. When I first listened to the music of the aforementioned great composers, my life took a whole new direction. 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.
How important is performing live to you as an artist? Do you perform regularly, and what sort of set up do you use when on stage – in terms of organic instrumentation and / or digital?
Performing live is very important to me. There is an abundance of positive emotions and thoughts racing around inside of me before, during and after a live show. The applause from my audience fills me with unbelievable energy and excitement. So far, I have performed more than 1,000 concerts in many Greek cities and towns, and I still enjoy every single minute on stage. I wish I could tour all year. Although I am an electronic music composer, I like using real instruments both on stage and in the studio, not just computers. I am a musician, and I need at least one real musical instrument to play and compose music.
What’s next for you, what are your plans for 2017 and what can people look out for?
My tenth studio album titled Amazing Space was released just a few weeks ago, so I am in the process of promoting it both online and offline. Amazing Space is a quality album inspired by the universe, and it is full of beautiful music compositions and captivating orchestrations. Soon, I will be working on a new studio album, which I am really excited for. The exact release date will be revealed in the near future. More details will be announced soon on my official website.
Is there anything else you’d like to let us know about you or your music?
Yes. I’d like to let you know that I love you all, and that I will keep producing beautiful electronic music.
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A huge thank you again to Sakis Gouzonis for his time and for offering up such thoughtful answers.
Interview with Greek electronic music composer Sakis Gouzonis
Interview by Zaib Abbasi
Founder & Chief Executive Officer of MuzEnt
Sunday, 30 April 2017
Today in this article, I am going to share the exclusive interview with Greek electronic music composer Sakis Gouzonis. So, here we go.
First of all, we want to say welcome to you.
Thank you for having me today. Thank you for the opportunity to showcase my music to the visitors of your blog.
How did you get into the music industry?
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 music. Although I was just a kid, I had the innate ability to play by ear, to improvise and create original music. 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 debut album.
Who was your first inspiration in music?
I cannot narrow it down to one person. However, some of my first musical inspirations were James Horner, Yanni, John Williams, Vangelis, Jean-Michel Jarre, 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 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.
What is the title of your debut album?
The title of my debut album is First Contact. First Contact is my first instrumental electronic music album and it includes ten original music tracks, three of which have been awarded in international music competitions. All ten tracks can be streamed and downloaded at https://www.sakisgouzonis.com/sakis-gouzonis-first-contact as 320 kbps MP3 files.
Tell us a bit about your musical journey so far.
I started out playing and composing music when I was a kid. Even though I didn’t have any knowledge of musical notation, I had the innate ability to play by ear and create original music. On 17 October 2007, I created my MySpace page, which soon became the most popular Greek music page in the history of MySpace. In a short period of time, I topped the MySpace Music Charts in Greece. On 12 June 2013, the closing day of the original MySpace, my MySpace page had more than 380,000 friends in 220 countries and territories. So far, I have released ten 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), A World At Peace (2015), Liberating truth (2016) and Amazing Space (2017), all of which have received a lot of radio airplay and press coverage from media outlets all over the world.
Who has helped you the most in your journey? Who has given you any piece of advice?
My family, my friends and my fans have helped me a lot in so many ways in my musical journey so far. One of the best pieces of advice given to me over the years is that 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 do nowadays?
My tenth studio album titled Amazing Space was released just a few weeks ago, so I am in the process of promoting it. Amazing Space is a quality album, and it consists of ten beautiful music compositions accompanied by captivating orchestrations. Listeners can stream and download Amazing Space by visiting https://www.sakisgouzonis.com/sakis-gouzonis-amazing-space/ anytime they want.
Let us know something about your future projects.
Soon, I will be working on a new studio album, which I am really excited for. The exact release date will be revealed in the near future. For more details, you will have to visit my official website, https://www.sakisgouzonis.com.
What is your message to your fans?
Love yourselves, and love the people around you. Love even those who have anger towards you and maybe you towards them. Thank you for the love you have shown me all these years. Thank you for taking the time to read this interview.
Do you have a message for all new artists?
Always move on. Never give up. Love and respect your fans and the people that contributed in one way or another to your success.
Interview with multi-award-winning Greek composer Sakis Gouzonis
Interview by Rebecca Cullen
Senior Music Editor of Exposed Vocals
New York, United States of America
Saturday, 29 April 2017
So tell us your story. Where did you grow up? What made you decide to become an artist?
First of all, I would like to thank you for giving me the opportunity to present my music and my thoughts to your readers. My name is Sakis Gouzonis, and I come from Greece. I am an electronic music composer, orchestrator, producer and performer. To this day, I have released 10 studio albums (100 original music tracks in total). It is very common for people to be 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 beautiful music on, which I had never heard before. It didn’t take me long to fall in love with all the wonderful melodies and great 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 was and always will be my special gift. I can still remember myself sitting at my parents’ home in Elassona, Greece, spending countless hours every day teaching myself how to play and compose original music.
Since everyone was a start-up once, can you give any smaller or local bands or artists looking to get gigs and airplay some tips?
First off, you must have great music. Booking gigs and getting airplay without having great music is going to be really tough. Have a quality website, not just profiles / pages on various social media, but an official website where music professionals will be able to find more information about you and listen to your music. When you contact music professionals, keep your e-mails as short as possible and to the point. Put your official website and a few press quotes within your e-mail. Be kind, patient and persistent.
Do you ever make mistakes during performances? How do you handle that?
I am a human too, and humans make mistakes. Mistakes are very important learning tools. They show me that there is still room for growth. If I make a mistake during a live performance, I keep playing as if nothing has happened.
Do you tour? Has anything interesting happened on tour that you think our readers would enjoy hearing about?
Up to now, I have performed more than a thousand concerts. People of all ages and backgrounds have come to my live performances, and I feel really blessed. I definitely like the studio and the creative process. But my favorite part has always been communicating with my audience. I love the tremendous energy on stage, the give-and-take with my listeners. I really enjoy the smiles on my fans’ faces each time they come to see me perform live. Being able to inspire people from all over the world and change their lives for the better is a beautiful gift for which I am really grateful.
Any planned studio upgrades? What are you working with now?
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. One piece of hardware I’m still looking to add to my collection now is the Korg Kronos X. Acquiring the Korg Kronos X is one of my dreams.
How do you find ways to promote your music? What works best for you?
I have my own official website, which I promote on a daily basis. Also, I have my own e-newsletter, which helps me to keep in touch with my existing fans and acquire new ones. In addition, I use a few music social networking sites, which have been very helpful so far. And I always try to get my music into popular websites and blogs, and to get as much radio airplay as possible.
If you could perform anywhere and with any artists (dead or alive) where and who would it be with? Why?
I would love to perform with Vangelis on a European tour. When I first listened to his electronic music, my life took a whole new direction.
So, what’s next? Any new upcoming projects that you want to talk about?
My 10th studio album, Amazing Space, was released just a few weeks ago, so I am in the process of promoting it both online and offline. As always, I worked very hard to produce a quality album with excellent music compositions and powerful orchestrations.
If you weren’t making music, what would you be doing?
Apart from an artist, 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.
What should fans look forward to in the next year or so?
Fans should look forward to a new studio album featuring original electronic music, plus some gigs in Greece. For more details, they will have to visit my official website.
I would like to give a shout-out to both my online and offline fans for their continuous love and support, and tell them that I will keep producing beautiful electronic music. Given the opportunity, I would also like to invite your readers to visit my official website, which is https://www.sakisgouzonis.com. My official website is full of beautiful electronic music and other interesting material. People from over 100 countries / territories visit it every month.
An interview with Sakis Gouzonis (Electronic Music Composer)
Interview by Arie Susanto
Founder of We Are Going Nowhere
Wednesday, 4 January 2017
Tell me about your childhood.
I was born on 16 March 1978 to Nicolas and Frederica Gouzonis in Thessaloniki, Greece. When I was ten years old, we moved to the city of Elassona, which is located at the foot of Mount Olympus, the mythic place of the twelve Olympian gods. At the age of twelve, 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, spending countless hours every single day playing, composing and arranging music.
When you were a kid, who was your favorite musician?
When I was a kid, the music from the '80s and '90s had a major influence on me. Some of my favorite music composers were 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 music composers, my life took a whole new direction.
I don’t know anything about Greek traditional music. Does it have any impact on your music?
The traditional music of Greece represents a unique fusion of eastern and western styles. The main instrument played today on most parts of the country is the violin, which arrived in Greece by the late 1600s. The violin gradually pushed out an older instrument called the lyra, except on the island of Crete and a few other islands where the lyra is still played occasionally. Personally, I don’t listen to this type of music.
Why are your music tracks available as free downloads? What do you expect from that?
By giving away my music for free, hopefully what I will get is a lot of people on my website and at my gigs. Consider it a promotional tool. Besides, everything will be free in the future. The advances we have seen in the last few years -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.
As a musician, you travel constantly. What life lessons have you learned so far?
One of the most important lessons life has taught me is how incredibly valuable and important time is. We need to respect time and be very careful about how we spend it, because we can never stop time or move backwards in time. Our time is now, not tomorrow. Now is the time to follow our dreams and give our gifts back to the world.
I am twenty. What life advice would you give to someone my age?
Invest in your friends. You need two or three close friends, who you can talk to about everything. Friendship has fallen on hard times in our times, but it is one of the most precious gifts we can have.
What is your opinion about Indonesia?
The entire country is lovely. The people are really kind, open and eager to share their culture with visitors. Also, the food is very delicious. And the beach sunsets are so wonderful. There are also many great temples and other cultural sites, which I would like to visit some day. Of course, some day I would love to perform at the Aula Simfonia Jakarta. I’ve heard that it’s the best and most sophisticated concert hall ever built in Indonesia.
What do you think of yourself?
I think the three words that can describe me the most are happy, funny and mysterious. Friends usually associate me with the color yellow; sunshiny, bright, smiley and amusing.
Do you have an opinion on the guitar?
The guitar is an instrument that can be easily picked up by anyone, but its tonal options are limited. Compare a good guitar with a good synthesizer, and you will see that the synthesizer has way more tonal options; it can sound like just about anything. As much as you try to make a guitar sound like a tuba, it really won’t sound much like a tuba. On the other hand, you don’t bring a synthesizer to a campfire; it’s usually bulky, and you most likely can’t plug it in.
In closing, what are your views about the Greek government?
I never mix music with politics. My music appeals to people of all political views. Given the opportunity, I would like to invite all Indonesians and all people around the globe to visit my website at sakisgouzonis.com, where they will be able to stream and download my electronic music for free.
Sakis Gouzonis (Interview)
Interview by Andrea Caccese
Founder of The Bandcamp Diaries
New York, United States of America
Sunday, 3 July 2016
We had a chat with Greek electronic music composer Sakis Gouzonis, who kindly shared his view on many aspects of making music, from song-writing to the state of the industry! Read on to find out more.
I love how you manage to render your tracks so personal and organic. Does the melody come first, or do you focus on the beat the most?
Before we begin, I would like to thank you, Andrea, for this interview and for your compliment on my music. To answer your first question, the melody always comes first, followed by the beat. I just start playing and humming until a new melody emerges. I work a lot on the new melody, because I want it to be as beautiful and emotional as possible. When I feel that the new melody is ready, then, I add all the necessary percussion instruments, basses, strings, synthesizer sounds, etc. Putting sounds together and seeing how a collection of sounds can produce quite a profound effect is a really fascinating process.
Do you perform live? If so, do you feel more comfortable on a stage or within the walls of the recording studio?
So far, I have performed more than a thousand concerts. Numerous people of all ages and backgrounds have come to my live performances, and I feel very blessed. I definitely like the studio and the creative process. I definitely like seeing my visions come to reality. I definitely like getting up in the morning with the hope that today I will produce something that really matters to people. But my favorite part has always been communicating with my audience. I love the live shows, the tremendous energy on stage, the give-and-take with my listeners. The applause before, during and after each performance, fills me with huge energy and indescribable excitement.
If you could only pick one song to make a “first impression” on a new listener, which song would you pick and why?
That’s a very interesting but difficult question. I think I would pick The Power Of Your Love. The Power Of Your Love is in fact a movie in itself without the visuals. There is a huge story to be told. It’s instrumental music doing what it does best, taking you on a journey, using art to initiate an adventure. The Power Of Your Love is soaked in optimism and hope. It has been mixed and produced in such a way that it really draws emotion out of you. The sound effects add to that epic atmosphere, but not in an overbearing manner. The Power Of Your Love is a music track that you want to listen to intently rather than have on in the background.
What does it take to be “innovative” in music?
To be innovative in music you have to experiment and do something in a new way. If you are a composer, you have to compose in an unusual, engaging and individual style. If you are a lyricist, you have to write in an unusual, engaging and individual style. And so on and so forth. A music innovator seeks not only to beat the competition, but also to better his music both for himself and for his listeners. A music innovator is never satisfied. There is always something better around the corner, and he is determined to break from the pack and find it. Listening to live music, playing live concerts, staying current with what is rising to the top of the music world, creating songwriting partnerships can all help you become innovative in music.
Any upcoming release or tour your way?
My 9th studio album, Liberating Truth, which contains ten brand new tracks of electronic and cinematic music, was released one and a half month ago, so I am in the process of promoting it both online and offline. As always, I worked very hard to produce a quality album with excellent compositions and powerful orchestrations. Given the opportunity, I would like to thank all of my online and offline fans for their continuous love and support, and tell them that I will continue to produce the most beautiful electronic and cinematic music possible. I really enjoy the smiles on my fans’ faces each time I release a new album; being able to inspire people and change their lives for the better is a beautiful gift for which I am very grateful.
Anywhere online where curious fans can listen to your music and find out more about you?
Listeners can learn more about me and my music by visiting my official website, which is https://www.sakisgouzonis.com. My official website includes detailed biography, complete discography, a gallery of album covers, a frequently updated electronic press kit, press releases, questions and answers, album reviews, articles, interviews, news, contact details and links. Since 2008, I have released 9 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), A World At Peace (2015) and Liberating Truth (2016). Listeners can stream or download my full discography for free, and share it with their family, friends and colleagues. Listeners can also sign up for my free e-newsletter, if they want to stay updated about upcoming album releases and live shows in their area.
Interview with Sakis Gouzonis
Interview by Olivier Bezombes
Owner of CreativInn
Virginia, United States of America
Saturday, 25 June 2016
Sakis Gouzonis is a multi-award-winning Greek composer, arranger, orchestrator, producer and performer of electronic music. I’m really happy to interview him today and let you discover his artistic universe.
Sakis Gouzonis Interview:
“Be teachable, hone your talent, have a good attitude, and be willing to make sacrifices to succeed.”
Sakis Gouzonis, please tell us a bit about yourself and your universe?
Before I answer your first question, Olivier, I would like to thank you for interviewing me and giving me the opportunity to showcase my music. I am an independent artist from Greece. I compose, arrange, orchestrate, produce and perform electronic and cinematic music. To this day, I have released 9 studio albums, each containing ten original music tracks; 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). Music is the best way to express myself and communicate with the world. I can’t imagine my life without it.
Were you always interested in music growing up?
Yes. Music had an enormous impact on me as a child. At a very young age, I asked my parents to buy me an electronic keyboard. Even though I didn’t have any knowledge of musical notation, I had the innate ability to create original compositions and play music by ear. The day I completed my first composition, I knew that being a composer and playing music was what I was going to do for the rest of my life. And I haven’t stopped since that day.
How did you get into music composition?
Young people are often attracted by seeing their friends or famous artists exercising their gift. But that was not the case with me. Nobody in my family was an artist, and I had never been to a concert before. Then, one day, I found a few old tapes at my parents’ home with some Christian music on them. It didn’t take me long to fall in love with all the exciting melodies and powerful orchestrations. Soon afterwards, 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 very strange power all over my body. I instantly understood that music was my gift and what I was going to do forever.
Could you tell us about your style and the music you love?
My music is instrumental, electronic and cinematic, as well as very melodic and atmospheric. My music 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. In my free time, I usually listen to electronic music with vocals. But when I work on my computer, I listen to instrumental music only, because vocals distract my concentration.
Do you have or have had a mentor or other special person to guide you?
I take matters into my own hands when it comes to guiding my music career. I haven’t always made perfect decisions, but they usually end up being valuable learning experiences. However, I have plenty of role models from both within and outside of music, but I don’t have a mentor that I meet with periodically one on one.
Where do you derive your influence? Do you have a favorite place or technique that helps you find inspiration?
My inspiration comes from the infinite beauty of our universe. I get inspired by everything I can touch, feel, sense, measure or detect. Intelligent beings, planets, stars, life, light, love, and even time can inspire me to write music.
What is your dream project?
To compete in the Eurovision Song Contest. The Eurovision Song Contest, which is organized by the European Broadcasting Union, is the only Pan-European cultural event. It is a very important tool with which to build bridges between nations. Viewers in about forty countries come together once a year to enjoy this one-of-a-kind event.
Is artistic life lonely? What do you do to counteract it?
Being an artist doesn’t equal a lonely life, that’s up to the artist. To speak for myself, I am a very social person, but when it comes to music production, I prefer to work in isolation. Every time I work on a project, I don’t like having anyone around that might disturb my concentration.
What’s the best piece of advice you would give to someone who dreams to be a music composer?
Be teachable, hone your talent, have a good attitude, and be willing to make sacrifices to succeed. Keep up with the new technology. Play music with your friends. Play music with strangers. Take chances. Love the music, and share that love with everyone. Have fun.
If you have any question, don’t hesitate to let a comment below, Sakis Gouzonis will be happy to answer you. If you like his universe, don’t hesitate to listen to his music.
Interview: Sakis Gouzonis
Interview by Manuella Essaka
Owner of 1inmusic
United Kingdom, European Union
Monday, 20 June 2016
Sakis Gouzonis is a multi-award winning electronic music composer from Greece. So far, the artist has released nine instrumental albums and has gained an impressive number of fans and friends all over the globe, without any assistance from record labels or marketing companies. 1 In Music met with one of the most unique success story stemming from Greece, as he introduces his newest album, Liberating Truth, an album that has been described by some reviewers as a “futuristic tour de force”.
What is unique about you and your music?
First of all, I would like to thank you for taking the time to speak with me today. I create instrumental electronic music, which is based on the idea of taking the listener on a journey full of emotions. My music, which has earned me 10 international awards and distinctions, is 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. So far, more than 660,000 people have become fans of my music. People from around 100 countries / territories visit my official website every month to stream and download my discography that counts 9 studio albums. What is also noteworthy is that it has all been done independently, with no record labels or marketing companies supporting me.
What shaped your music and who supports you?
The music from the '80s and '90s had and still has a major influence on me. I have also been influenced by some really great composers, such as Vangelis, Yanni, Jean-Michel Jarre, John Williams, James Horner, Alan Silvestri and Danny Elfman. When I first listened to the music of the aforementioned composers, my life took a whole new direction. Support comes in many shapes and forms. My parents and my brothers, as well as my friends and my fans from all over the globe, support me and encourage me in every way that they can.
When did you realize you were going to make music professionally?
Kids and teenagers are usually attracted by seeing famous artists exercising their gift. But that was not the case with me. Nobody in my family was an artist, and I had never been to a concert before. Then, one day, I found a few old cassettes at my parents’ home with some Christian music on them. It didn’t take me long to fall in love with all the amazing melodies and 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 very strange power all over my body. I instantly understood that music was my gift and what I was meant to do.
What type of music do you listen to?
In my free time, I usually listen to electronic music with vocals. But when I work on my computer, I listen to instrumental electronic music only, because vocals distract my brain’s processing centers too much.
Who, to you, is the most undervalued music artist?
There are so many underrated music artists waiting to be discovered and create an impact in the international music scene that it wouldn’t be fair to mention just one. I hope one day they will get the recognition they deserve.
How do you prepare for your performances?
To prepare for my performances, I do have a routine I like to follow. I warm my fingers and I drink plenty of water. It’s also important for me to check my instruments to make sure that if something goes wrong, it’s not something I could have fixed beforehand.
What ignites your (song) writing flow?
The grandeur, the beauty, the diversity and the mysteries of the universe are what inspire me to keep writing 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.
What do you do when you don’t do music (creative or otherwise) and that you are passionate about?
I teach English as a foreign language 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 human history. People frame words, and words in turn impact people. This relationship has always been of interest to me.
Success to you is…
…meeting the expectations that you have set for yourself.
What do you wish you were told when you started out and that you think would help anyone who starts out?
The line to the place you want to get to is never straight. It strays among 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.
Any upcoming projects?
My 9th studio album, Liberating Truth, was released last month, so I am in the process of promoting it both online and offline.
Thank you for taking the time to answer our questions and best wishes with your new release. Where do we find that album and all of the rest of your music?
You can visit my official website below. It includes detailed biography, complete discography, a gallery of album covers, a frequently updated electronic press kit, press releases, questions and answers, album reviews, articles, interviews, news, contact details and links.
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