Giorgos Tabakis – HEre NOw TheN [Interview]

Describe your sound in 3 words

Contemporary, solid, maximal

Your music has an experimental tone. Should music as a form of art always challenge the listener?

Very interesting question! I believe yes! As a listener, i always search for music that surprises me, music that challenges me in any way and puts me in a position of artistic redefinition, aesthetic expansion, in contact with new ideas, thoughts, feelings. These are the interesting and magic elements that music as a form of art is giving to the listener. In my view, there is no point otherwise.

Do you like the idea of collaborating? Is songwriting a lonely process?

I like it a lot and fortunately i have collaborated with many wonderful musicians. Some of my previous cd releases were for trios, quartet etc and my 2020 album ‘Dual Nature’ was for duo with the German clarinetist Rebecca Trescher.

Although it’s entirely different to compose for a solo instrument or for an ensemble, the process is still the same in most cases. It’s a lonely and wonderful process of experimentation, testing, connecting even more with the instrument, while trying to transfer deeper Ideas into music. It is something very interesting, essential to my general balance and i enjoy it very much.

Do you have an artist that you would describe as a hidden gem that we should know about?

I don’t have any particular in mind right now but Greece is full with “hidden jem” artists.

What would you change in the music industry?

I m not the person who wishes things were different and tries to change them. I feel more like i m trying my best in the current circumstances and in the world as it is, including music business and industry. Of course i would prefer many things to be different but after all these years i don’t think about it so much.

In which state of mind do you imagine people might listen to your music?

Many people have said to me that they are listening to hEre nOw theN cd, in their cars, in the office, while relaxing at night with a glass of wine etc. I m very happy to see that my music gives something to people in whatever state of mind they are and that they can listen to it as part of their daily life.

What is the most useless talent you have?

What an unexpected question!
My wife says that my most useless talent is drawing sketches on the sand during our summer vacations.

Thank you!

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