WELCOME TO La Bodega QUARANTINE TALK, WHERE WE’VE HELD VARIOUS CONVERSATIONS WITH ARTIST’S & GROUPS FROM AROUND THE WORLD VIA ZOOM, EMAIL, SOCIAL MEDIA EVEN PLAIN OLD PHONE CONVERSATIONS.
SOMag: What are your Names? where you’re from and what first got you interested in the
F: My name is Foivos Zacharopoulos and I’m from Greece. I actually wasn’t thinking of
becoming a professional musician. I was proposed to substitute a guitarist at the age of
sixteen, just for a month, and that was it. I was fortunate and capable enough to do a good
job, so I was offered a place in the band. After 22 years, the story goes on.
SOMag: Who and/or what inspires you to create?
F: Inspiration can be found everywhere, as long as you keep your mind open. So, it’s not a
certain thing that gets me inspired. It can be literally anything.
SOMag: How would you describe your sound?
F: I remember John Petrucci saying for one album Dream Theater recorded, that he wanted his
sound to be, like a three-floor chocolate cake, with melted chocolate in between. Couldn’t
describe it better. Just huge and sweet.
SOMag: What is your creative process like?
F: Depends on the mood. Sometimes, I get a melody stuck in my head, so I go and record it
and go from there. There are times when I just fool around with a sound, and a riff comes
out or a chord progression. Usually, it’s a sound, which gets me in the zone of creation, from
SOMag: What artist(s) would you like to collaborate with?
F: Sting is at the top of that list. His music is so versatile and interesting for anyone who plays
music or just loves listening to.
SOMag: What is one message you would give to your supporters?
F: Keep supporting bands and musicians that you enjoy their music. It’s the only way for any of
them, to keep doing what they love and also gives courage to new musicians and bands to
start doing what they want the most. To play music.
SOMag: What is the most talent/skill you have that most people don’t know about?
F: Well, I can cook really well. The whole process of cooking a meal, is quite relevant to a
creation of a song. You have to have quality products, and everything must be in the right
quantity. Also give time and love. It always has better and satisfying results..
SOMag: What would you be doing right now, if you weren’t doing music?
F: I have no idea. I can’t imagine myself doing something different than being a musician.
Perhaps something that might involve animals and protecting or caring them.
SOMag: Who are some artists/people you admire and why?
F: I admire any artist that innovates in his field, or tries to think outside of the box and
experiment with his art. From Pink Floyd and Led Zeppelin to Meshuggah and Pain of
Salvation, the list goes on and on..
Be patient and don’t rush things. And always speak up for myself, whenever I feel wronged
in any way.
Foivos when asked What is the best advice you’ve been given?
SOMag: If you could change anything about the industry, what would it be?
F: From the very moment that something gives you profit, problems start to appear. The more
profit, the more people are drawn to it. The more people usually mean, not loving music or
the product in general, but the money that comes from it. So, I’d change the people that
have no interest in music, with some that do have some interest and love music first and
SOMag: What’s next for you, where would you like to see yourself in the next year?
F: If all goes well, with the Covid (Quarantine) situation, start performing live and communicate my music,
as much as possible, is the number one priority. In one year from now, I’d like to see myself
recording a full album and then go touring for a long time..
SOMag: What is your social media? How can people get in contact with you?
F: You can find my news in the following links
Spotify – https://spoti.fi/2JIV4QP
Youtube – https://bit.ly/39xAVYD
SoundCloud – https://bit.ly/37jXcXg
Instagram – https://bit.ly/2KTkLi4
Facebook – https://bit.ly/2VhHOoH
Bandcamp – https://bit.ly/2JmAqpj
Amazon – https://amzn.to/37A71k7
Apple Music – https://apple.co/33L0hPh
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