It took a lot of effort and digging inside myself to put this story together. My life story basically in 18 minutes, with all the ups and downs, all the important experiences and realisations. I have to admit it has been a very stressful time for me.
But, it is happening on Saturday, the 30th of November. It's done now. I'm doing it. And it will probably on YouTube in 3 months I think.
Sunday, 30 June 2019
Sophie Fetokaki has a very special voice and approach to music. She brought in around 8-9 traditional songs from all over the world to work on, plus three of her originals and we managed to get all of it down in five days, with the help of the amazingly skillfull and talented Fred Thomas from London, and of course the sound engineering wizardry of Andreas Trachonitis at - where else - eleven63 studio. Results will come out probably early Fall. I am very happy with it.
Taltsie debut EP recordings
Wednesday, 19 June 2019
I think Taltsie is one of the most talented songwriters and singers that Cyprus has ever had. And I was very happy to work on producing her debut EP. She is only 19 years old.
You can check her out HERE although the EP will be coming out sometime in the Fall / Winter.
Full band shows in Cyprus
Tuesday, 07 May 2019
I'm very happy to announce two full band shows in my home country, Cyprus this month! More info on the LIVE page.
Now Happiness - Full YouTube stream
Thursday, 28 March 2019
At long last Now Happiness if available for streaming on Louvana Records' YouTube channel. LISTEN HERE!
LIVE album presentation in Athens announced
Thursday, 14 March 2019
Thrilled to annouce our full band album presentation in Athens on the 13th of April! Also on the bill our friends Dervisis and Krista Muir from Canada! Organised by our beloved Kormoranos:
New live videos are out!
Thursday, 14 March 2019
I'm very happy to share with you two new live videos from our show at six d.o.g.slast December. . Two tracks off the new album performed live. Massive thanks to Nefele Papaioannou for the editing and production.
The album that I'm really proud to have recently produced is out in the world and you can purchase it on CD and LP from Louvana Records!
It's also out on all digital platforms!
Go listen, go buy, enjoy!
Wednesday, 20 February 2019
I am so happy to finally share this with the world! Beaming Light, my new album, is premiering on the 405 with a great review as well! Read all about it and stream the album.
If you like it then you can ORDER it on vinyl, CD or digital from HERE.
More to come so stay tuned!
Third single 'Journey' out!
Saturday, 09 February 2019
New - third - single from the album Beaming Light is out! You can listen to it below. Also, check out this small interview I gave to the French webzine Soul Kitchen plus a playlist of my current favourite music.
You can PRE-ORDER Beaming Light on limited edition black and turquoise vinyl LP, CD and digital album!! It's coming out on the 22nd of February on Inner Ear Records. Follow this link to PRE-ORDER on all platforms: http://smarturl.it/ywnwgg
Pre-order album Beaming Light
Friday, 08 February 2019
I'm very happy to announce that you can now PRE-ORDER Beaming Light on limited edition black and turquoise vinyl LP, CD and digital album!! It's coming out on the 22nd of February on Inner Ear Records.
With great pride and joy I present to you the new video clip Astral Body! This could not have happened if it wasn't for my two amazingly talented friends Filep Motwary and Andreas Dimitriou (white leaf pictures) who have worked so hard to make this dream a reality, and I thank them endlessly!! You guys are the best!! I also thank all the wonderful people that were involved and brought such good vibes to the set. The single is out on all digital platforms HERE!
Enjoy and share, far and wide!
Le Guess Who? and shows with Joan As Police Woman
Sunday, 18 November 2018
I had such an amazing time watching Le Guess Who? festival in Utrecht. It restored my faith in music and made me feel that we are living in the best yet time for music! From any angle you see it! Material, audience, performance, everything!
I was also thrilled to share the stage with the amazing Joan as police woman and band in Utrecht and Winterthur! Dutch audience is amazing and so is the Swiss. Such great reception and great experience for me overall. JAPW is one of the tightest bands I have ever seen and really fun people to be around! Here is a photo of me with the band and some shots from the shows.
First single from Freedom Candlemaker album is out today!!!
Thursday, 08 November 2018
'Abyssal sky' the first single from the forthcoming album 'Beaming Light' is out today! Beaming Light is the first album I am releasing as Freedom Candlemaker, which is the name I'm going to be using from now on for my solo work. I'm very happy and proud for this album. I really enjoyed the slow process of making it and carving the sound along with producer and friend Alex Bolpasis and I love the final outcome. Abyssal sky is the first song on the album, the first song we worked on and it feels like it has to be the first song to see the light of day. It is also the song that lends the title to the album, due out in February on Inner Ear Records, who I'm really happy to be working with. The track also features Mike Kapilidis on drums and Dimitris Chatzizisis on guitars.
I am very looking forward for everyone out there to hear it and enjoy it! Below the artwork for the single, with the magnificent photography of my dear friend Filep Motwary and the layout by Zara der Arakelian. Much more to come soon so stay tuned!
First taster song from 'Beaming Light' coming out 6 / 11 / 18
Saturday, 03 November 2018
I'm happy to announce that the first single from 'Beaming Light' is coming this coming Thursday the 6th of November. The name of the track is 'Abyssal sky' and it's the first track on the album due out in early February. Another single will follow in early December! It's been a long time coming and I'm so excited to share this with the world. The new album as well as the first single will be coming out under the name FREEDOM CANDLEMAKER which is the name I will be using from now on. In case you are wondering what it means, it is a translation of my name in English.
I'm also hitting the road next week for a short run of shows including two solo shows supporting the amazing Joan as police woman, which I'm so much looking forward to! Check out the live dates diary for more info!
Keep an eye out for more news very soon! You can also follow me on Instagram!
Producing Eleni Era's album
Sunday, 28 October 2018
Finally reunited with the gorgeous Eleni Era to record her debut album, to be released by Louvana Records early next year. I had an amazing time producing this album! It felt like living in a dream for week! I believe it is the best thing I have produced so far - including my records - and I think it will blow people's minds when it comes out! What an astonishing artist she is!
Musician's Mentality workshop / Thessaloniki
Monday, 22 October 2018
I so very much enjoyed doing the Musician's Mentality workshop in Thessaloniki (19-21/10/18). Once again it was such a fulfilling experience for me, sharing so many thoughts, experiences, fears, dreams and insecurities with musicians I respect and admire. This is something I definitely intend to be doing more in the future, because I think it really helps people unlock their creativity and make them more productive and courageous with their art. Thank you all for being there and sharing this with me!
I will be uploading some music samples from the workshop soon...
Here are also a couple of shots from our show at Avgo on the same weekend. Dreamy vibes.
New album 'Beaming Light' mastering DONE!
Wednesday, 10 October 2018
Mastering for the new album I'm releasing as Freedom Candlemaker in the beginning of 2019 is done! Thanks to my wonderful producer / wizard Alex Bolpasis and mastering engineer Yiannis Christodoulatos at Sweetspot in Athens for their oustanding work! First single coming out in November! Stay tuned...
New workshop and show in Thessaloniki next week
Monday, 08 October 2018
Ι am happy to announce another workshop about the musician's mentality next week in Thessaloniki. We are also doing a duet show with Dimitris playing some new material as well from the new upcoming album 'Beaming Light'! Facebook event HERE
I'm super super excited to be supporting one of my favourite artists in the world, Joan As Police Woman! The show is taking place in Utrecht, Holland and HERE is the FB event! I hope to meet some of you there! More info soon on possibly more shows...
And here is a photo of us in Cyprus last August :-)
Workshop at Music Village was a blast!
Monday, 03 September 2018
I had one of the best weeks of my life conducting my workshop about the musician's mindset at Music Village in Pelion! It is immensely inspiring to see people abandon their insecurities about themselves, performing, writing and just going for it! I had such a good time that I stayed for an extra week for the rest of the workshops! I will be repeating the workshop in Thessaloniki in October. More info on that soon!
Ηere are a couple of lovely shots of our afternoon sessions by Nicholas Chryssos:
Returning to Music Village - Pelion, Greece 19-26, August 2018
Thursday, 12 July 2018
I'm very excited to be returning to Music Village, in Greece, after a year's halt. This time I'm introducing a new workshop, which partially will be conducted by my beloved friend Fotis Siotas. I'm mainly going to focus on the search of the identity of the musician, which is part of the general theme for this year, which is 'The Other Self'. Over the years I have been a part of many bands and music projects and it's always an issue to try and find your voice within each context, and manage to express myself. Things like this, performance and writing are some of the topics that we are going to go over. Check out the description and details of how you can sign up below. All this of course at the loveliest of settings. Whoever's been there would know. For the rest, just browse the photo galleries. They are endless! :-)
I'm very happy with this year's Fengaros Festival line up. I feel it's the best one yet. Definitely the one that I focused more on than any other year. Deerhoof, Joan As Police Woman, A Hawk and A Hacksaw and many more. Not bad eh? Check out all the info at www.fengaros.com
Eleni Era / new live videos
Sunday, 22 April 2018
It gave me great joy to help produce these beautiful live tracks of my dear friend Eleni Era. We are also very happy to have her on board the Louvana roster. Debut album is coming towards the end of the year. We are also doing some split shows in Berlin soon. Stay tuned!
Tuesday, 10 April 2018
We played a really lovely show in Athens along Pelion Rivers and Avalo (Vassilis Vlahakos from Cave Children). We did a cover for the encore and I thank Maxime Gaudet (https://www.facebook.com/maximegaudet...) for making this great video of that. Check it out!
Fengaros Music Village 2018
Thursday, 01 March 2018
For the first time I'm conducting a workshop at Fengaros Music Village! It's a subject I'm very into over the last year and I feel that is it will be very useful to everyone attending. Including myself! You can check it out HEREalong with all the other wonderful workshops effort. My workshop is called 'The Musician's Mentality'. Direct link HERE.
Music Village is a totally unique musical experience that anyone involved with music should experience at least once! Hope to see you there.
Low Spark tour continues!
Wednesday, 23 August 2017
We have played a handful of shows and are going to play a few more! For the first time The Low Spark will be traveling to Greece for a show and with great joy share the stage with our fellow band The Cave Children!
The new album by The Low Spark will be out on bandcamp on the 18th of this month. You can also pre-order it now and get 3 tracks instantly order here: https://thelowspark.bandcamp.com/releases Album live presentation is set for the 19th of May at Savino Live in Larnaca. Facebook event here
Trio Tekke album out on pre-order!
Thursday, 06 April 2017
The new album by Trio Tekke is out on pre-order! Official release date is set for the 5th of June. If you pre-order now you can get 3 tracks instantly and also help us make the costs of the production. You can order here: https://triotekke.bandcamp.com/
Started recordings for a new record ...in Athens ...
Friday, 24 March 2017
Last December, I started recording a new record that will potentially be called 'Playground', with good friend producer Alex Bolpasis, with whom we have worked together for the J.Kriste album Girls, Ghosts and Gods. I am not sure yet under what alias is going to be released and how but it is happening. Michalis Kapilidis, superb drummer from Athens, has layed down drums for 10 new tracks, and a couple of weeks ago I was in Athens again putting down the bass and acoustic guitar parts. It sounds great and I think it's going to be one of the best things I have done. Stay tuned...
Trio Tekke album recordings completed... off to mixing!
Monday, 13 February 2017
It was a very hard working week in London, recording the new Trio Tekke album! It's all down now and we are getting ready for mixing this baby, which AndreasTrachonitis will be responsible for, at studio eleven63.
Now Happiness concert at Rialto was a dream! Thanks to all who came. Small but warm crowd! Expect photos and videos soon....hopefully!
First 'Now Happiness' show for 2017 and live video
Thursday, 02 February 2017
I'm very happy to announce the first show for 2017 and what a show. At one of the nicest theatres in Cyprus, Rialto Theatre in Limassol, where we played with J.Kriste, Master of Disguise some years ago, and from which show you probably know from the videos. It's on the 11th of Februaryand you can check out info at the live pageand also on Facebook.
Also enjoy this video from our show last October at the beautiful space of Axiothea. More to come soon...
Trio Tekke new album recordings
Wednesday, 18 January 2017
We are heading over to London in early February to record a brand new album with Trio Tekke. This time around the band and the overall sound is enhanced by monster drummer Dave De Rose who is collaborating with us on this album and is helping create a fresh rhythmic blend to go with our new, more electric sound! Stay tuned. Expected release May - June! We are also doing one live show. Check live section or FB event for details!
I am very happy to share with you the new live videos by Sotires, recorded and filmed at the Cyprus Library and produced by Andreas Trachonitis!
New shows for Sotires announced!
Monday, 05 December 2016
Thre are a few shows lined up to present the album by Sotiresin Greece and Cyprus. We will be playing Thessaloniki, Athens, Limassol and Nicosia, plus recording a live video in a library that will come out in January! Head to the live section to check it out!
Sotires album out!
Monday, 28 November 2016
The brand new album by Sotiresis released on Louvana Records and we are very happy about that.order it here!Or look for it in all the good record shops if you live in Greece. More news and show soon! Oh and like us onFacebookif you may!
New live video
Wednesday, 26 October 2016
This is a new video of us playing an acoustic version of 'Sun melts the ice' off the album Now Happiness. Enjoy! Tour dates coming up in Greeceand Germany!
Monday, 12 September 2016
It's been a long and busy summer with lots of good vibes and happenings. 'Now Happiness' has traveled to London, Brighton, Athens and then Samothraki island in August as well as Pilion (Music Village) and now we are getting ready for more shows in Cyprus(Axiothea Festival), Greeceand one show in Cologne, Germany! (Check outlive shows). For the Greek tour we will be accompanied by our dear friend and fine songwriter Barnaby Keen, with whom we have been talking for ages to some writing and touring together!
The vinyl version of 'Now Happiness' is now out! You can order it here! It is also distributed in Greece by Inner Ear Records and can be found in all good record shops all over the country!
Fengaros Festival was a blast! We played withTHE LOW SPARK and we also did our first EVER show with SOTIRESin front of about 2000 people! We are now putting the finishing touches on the Sotires record and continuing the tracking for The Low Spark record.
Sotires at Fengaros Festival
In other exciting news Trio Tekke is coming alive after a year of absense for two Cyprus shows on the 22nd and 23rd of October with our dear friends FLYING IBEX from London which is very exciting! More on that soon!
Sunday, 01 May 2016
We had a great time touring Germany and France. Thank you to everyone who came down and to everyone who helped us along the way. It was great to meet everyone. More shows coming up soon (Check HERE)
Also, the vinyl for 'Now Happiness' is on the way! You can pre-order it HERE!
In other news:
THEATRE The play "Our Class" by Tadeusz Slobodzianek, that I composed music for, is going to be performing at Athens Festival 2016 in June!
SOTIRES The first album by Sotires is still in the mixing process and the release is looking to be pushed to September. There will be a video though to accompany the first single "Kokkinoskoufitsa" out pretty soon.
We are also doing our annual workshop about songwriting and production at Music Village in Greece. You can check out details here!
Spring tour and more
Monday, 04 April 2016
I'm really happy to announce the 'Now Happiness' Spring tour 2016. Lots of dates announced and maybe a few more to be confirmed. Keep checking the LIVE section for updates and details.
Here is also a live video from our Cyprus dates in February to warm you up.
In other news... we had our first rehearsals with SOTIRES which have turned out a wonderful musical experience. Expect a video of the first single off the new album -which remains without name yet- in a couple of weeks or so... Here is a photo of the set from video shoot.
Friday, 11 March 2016
I'm really happy to announce the Spring Tour coming up for "Now Happiness". We are going to visit Germany, France, (April) and England (May) plus do a few more shows in Cyprus. Check out the Live section to see what is booked at the moment.
In other news:
THEATRE I just finished doing the music and sound design for the play "Our Class" by Tadeusz Slobodzianek, (see trailer) directed by the wonderful Greek director Yannis Kalavrianos. It was a great experience for me and a great team to work with.
Also, I have been nominated for the Theatre awards in the best music category for my work on "39 Steps" from last year! The ceremony will take place on the 21st of March.
SOTIRES The first album by Sotires is in the mixing process and we are hoping to release it sometime before the summer. I'm flying to Athens towards the end of the month to start rehearsing with the band!
THE LOW SPARK ...are in the studio recording their debut album, whilst at the same time doing various shows here in and there (check LIVE sections for details). We also just finished playing a couple of shows with The Noise Figures from Greece. Good stuff! Recordings are sounding nice and fat.
and last but not least...
TRIO TEKKE We just finished mixing a few tracks that hopefully will compile an EP digital release. More details soon...
Stay tuned Lefteris
Album release and shows
Tuesday, 26 January 2016
Ok, so Now Happiness is officially out now. You can find it in seleceted shops for the moment, but digitally it's on all of the digital downloading and streaming platforms like amazon, iTunes, spotify, deezer, googlplay e.t.c. Go find it! :-) You can order the album from Louvana Records shop where you can also pre-order the vinyl.
Other (not web) shops that you can find the album are:
There are also some shows in Germany gradually coming in, for April, and there is a chance that we are playing France as well. Stay tuned.
First single and video from "Now Happiness"
Tuesday, 08 December 2015
I am very happy to share with you the first video from the new album. It's a production of Louvana Records and it was directed by myself, on a concept by Orestis Kalvaris who built the set for the cover of the album, and edited by Andreas Dimitriou for White Leaf Pictures. It features my parents and lots of good friends and it was really fun making. Feel free to share.
I'm very happy to share with you the cover of my new solo album. This is the first album that I release under my own name. It will be released on our very own Louvana Records on the 16th of January. The installation and photography is by Orestis Kalvaris and I thank him very much for his hard work and his inspiration for this project.
More info and sounds very soon. Stay tuned!
Wednesday, 30 September 2015
Began recordings for solo album. The album will be called 'Now Happiness' and it will be released in December 2015. Stay tuned!
Photo by Andreas Trachonitis
Here's a live version of one of the songs on the album from last year at prozak cafe in Nicosia.
End of Summer 2015
Monday, 31 August 2015
The summer finished up nicely with Fengaros Music Village and Festival being a blast in a every aspect. Shows with The Low Spark, Trio Tekke and J.Kriste, Master of Disguise were lots of fun and the vibe at Kato Drys was super positive all throughout the week.
J.Kriste, Master of Disguise at Fengaros Festival / 2nd of August 2015 / Photo by Christos Hadjichristou
Enjoy this nice video with music from Andreas, Mikaela and myself.
At Music Village in Ayios Lavrentios in Pelion, Greece together with Andreas Trachonitis once again we conducted a great workshop about songwriting and production, which I enjoyed very much!