EMQ’s with FOIVOS
Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview, with Athens, Greece based, solo guitarist, Foivos. Huge thanks to guitar wizard Foivos Zacharopoulos, for taking part.
What is your name, what do you play, and can you tell us a little bit about the history of the band?
Hi there. My name is Foivos Zacharopoulos and I’m a solo guitar artist. Provided that this is my first solo release, there isn’t much history to tell rather than that I’m in the process of making my own history.
How did you come up with your band name?
I always found it difficult, even in my native language, to say my full name. So, I preferred to just use my first name, so that people would remember it easily.
What Country/Region are you from and what is the Metal/Rock scene like there?
I’m from Athens/Greece. I believe that the scene here is at a very high level. Having bands like Rotting Christ, Septic Flesh, Suicidal Angels and musicians like Gus G, shows that we are on the same level, as any country.
What is your latest release? (Album, EP, Single, Video)
My latest and first release is “Distorted”. It’s an E.P that contains five songs composed by me, and a sixth which is a cover song to The Beatles (‘Eleanor Rigby’)
‘Eleanor Rigby’ The Beatles Cover (Official Video)
Who have been your greatest influences?
There are too many to count and as I continue to listen to music, I discover more musicians or bands that influence me. Some of my biggest influences are David Gilmour, John Petrucci, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Steve Lukather and of course Joe Satriani and Steve Vai.
What first got you into music?
I come from a musical family, so it was kind of an inevitable thing, not to get involved with music in general. Becoming a professional musician was a mixture of luck, good timing and personal effort. Professionally or not, I believe that music would have been in my life, one way or another.
If you could collaborate with a current band or musician, who would it be?
From the genre of metal and rock in general, I’d love to play with Machine Head. Their music, lyrics and the general feel that comes out from this band are amazing. In a more professional collaboration, I believe that working with Sting would be a once in a lifetime experience.
If you could play any festival in the world, which would you choose and why?
Rockwave festival of course. There’s a certain feeling performing in your country. The vibes and the connection with the audience would be in a way, spiritual.
What’s the weirdest gift you have ever received from a fan?
I don’t have a weird gift story to tell you, but I have been chased to my hotel by some woman. She made a whole mess at the hotel, that we had to call the police and take her away.
If you had one message for your fans, what would it be?
Just to listen to lots of music. And if my music is in their playlists, I will be humbled and honored.
If you could bring one rock star back from the dead, who would it be?
Stevie Ray Vaughan. If he had still been around, music would have been a lot better. The way he played and sang songs had always been unique and this will last forever and ever.
What do you enjoy the most about being a musician? And what do you hate?
Being a musician is another way of expressing your feelings. It gives you a sense of freedom to be able to speak your mind and heart in more than one way. So, I guess the sense of freedom, is the thing I enjoy the most. I can’t think of anything I hate about being a musician. If I had to say something is the tiredness when you tour. It’s not only fun and games. It demands a lot of things first, so that you can enjoy the live show and have a good performance.
If you could change one thing about the music industry, what would it be?
That’s a tough one. From the very moment that something gives you profit, problems come up. The more profit, the more people are drawn to it. The more people usually means, 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 both interest and love for music first and foremost.
What’s best? Vinyl, Cassettes, CD’s or Downloads?
I come from the 80’s so the reasonable answer would be CD’s. I’ve never got used to cassettes. But my answer is vinyl. There’s a ritual and a process before you can actually hear music, that intrigues me. And when you start to listen to the sound of the pin on the vinyl. Unbeatable feeling. Vinyl will always be my favorite way of listening to music.
What’s the best gig that you have played to date?
There are 3 or 4 gigs that are memorable. If I had to choose one, it would be Royal Albert Hall, about 10 years ago, give or take.
If you weren’t a musician, what else would you be doing?
I have no idea. I can’t imagine myself doing something different from being a musician. Perhaps something that involved animals and protecting or caring for them.
Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?
Stevie Ray Vaughan, Prince, Mahatma Gandhi, Spider-Man and Aristophanes. That would be a very interesting dinner.
What’s next for the band?
Provided the situation with the pandemic resolves, the next thing, is go out and play the E.P. live. For a musician there is no better place than the stage and the interaction with an audience.
What Social Media/Website links do you use to get your music out to people?
Here are the links that you can listen, up or donate for my music
Jaffa Cakes! Are they a cake or a biscuit?
Well, they look like biscuits but feel like cake. I’ll say biscuits.
Thank you for your time. Is there anything else that you would like to add?
Thank you for this interview and giving me the chance to say a bit about my work and myself in general!
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