Where are you located now and where are you originally from?

I was born in Volos, Greece and then I moved to Ioannina at the age of 18. I'm still here and I love it! 

Who has been your greatest influence?

Greek traditional music has played a big part in my sound. I heard it every day and everywhere growing up. In my teenage years I started listening to more rock, jazz, and funk. I'm now starting to connect those two influences to create something truly original. Some of my influences have been Ibrahim Maalouf, Yannis Spathas (Socrates Drank the Conium). Deep Purple, B.B. King, Coltrane, and so many others. 

What is your latest and greatest?

My latest project, Diddycoy, is instrumental and it combines Greek tradition with rock and jazz.

What are you most looking forward to in 2021?

It's difficult times these days with COVID.  I look forward to touring again and playing out through Europe and the U.S. It's such a dream for every musician right now.  How can we stay up to date with you? Website: 


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