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INTERVIEW: Theodore

Hi Theodore, welcome to VENTS! How have you been?

Hello! I’ve been good, just got back from my first tour in the US where we performed at SXSW and New York City.

Can you talk to us more about your latest single “Towards? (for what is to come)”?

Towards? (for what is to come) is going to be the first song of my upcoming album. This is the initial question I will be exploring throughout the album. It is about the two different sides of one’s personality; the conscious and the magical one and inspired by the battle between them.

Did any event in particular inspire you to write this song?

I’ve always felt like I have two sides that are completely opposite, and one prevails the other depending on the moment or activity. For example, to present my music to the world I use intelligence, but to write it I use a magical part in me. Realising this, I tried to analyse it on this track and the album, to see if someone can be more than one thing and use them all at the same time.

Any plans to release a video for the single?

We recently released a video for Towards? (for what is to come) with footage from our performance at the icon Hermoupolis Town Hall. I’m very proud of this performance, as there were many challenges we had to overcome in order to set up such an audiovisual experience for the audience.

How was the recording and writing process?

I struggled with the compositing of this album for a long time, which led me to feel almost disappointed and unable to create music again. In December, I decided to go to Clouds Hill Studios in Hamburg and spend there ten days with my band in order to expose and challenge myself. In the first day, I realised that the whole album, the music, concept and story, was already in my soul, and in the following three days I was able to show my band all ten songs of the album, arrange it and start creating the pre-production. I was impressed by the vibes of the atmosphere in the process and the studio. In the first days of January, I decided to go back and finish the recordings of the album there in ten days.

What role does Greece play in your music?

I’ve always listened to Greek traditional and folk music, and believe that you can find my identity and roots in the core of what I do. For the first 5 years of my adult life I lived in London, and when I decided to move back to Greece, everything worked out perfectly.

How has Radiohead and Sigur Ros influenced your writing?

These are two of my favourite bands; I have always admired them and have studied their work a lot. Together with bands like Pink Floyd and composers like Max Richter and Steve Reich they have given me inspiration which I have tried to honour and learn from in my work, but at the same time I want to create and constantly evolve my own sound.

How’s your new album coming along?

Right now the only thing left for the album is to record some orchestral parts. Recording and mixing happened very fast, which is great because it keeps me very excited.

Any tentative release date or title in mind?

The album will be released in the fall of this year.

Any plans to hit the road?

We’ll be heading to Los Angeles in April for MUSEXPO, and tour European cities in the upcoming months.

What else is happening next in Theodore’s world?

The second single release is coming up before summer and with the album coming out in the fall, I’m in the process of creating a new light show for the upcoming gigs, which I’m very excited to share soon with my audience. The surprises are plenty!

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