It’s been 10 years since the release of Star Tales. Can you believe it? Check out my latest Spacecast #10 with some unseen footage I discovered hidden in a dusty box in the attic.
I surely don’t remember who this long-haired guy is and how he evolved into that glasses-collecting weirdo.
“Star Tales” is a very colorful album, filled with sounds and ideas.
“Star Tales” followed the 2 Dol Ammad demo CDs back in 2001 and 2002 who had the “Eclipse”, “Vortex 3003”, “The Hill of Hope” and the “Boxed Daylight” songs.
Of course we re-recorded all those songs and with another 6 additions ended with a 12 track album with so many diverse sounds and feelings as the colors on its cover!
Fractal artist Brian Exton covered with an excellent way my trippy feelings for music-making back then. I adore color in sci-fi and prefer it to the clinic blue, desaturated J.J. Abrams look but I must admit that I might have gone a little too rainbow-unicorn-puke territories with “Star Tales”:P I STILL DON’T REGRET ANYTHING!
The choir recordings took place under very serious and strict conditions.
Thank you Panos, Alexandros, Themis, Petros, Giannis, Kyriakos, Zoe, Vicky, Marietta, Alexandra, Maria, Kortessa, Alex, Jimmy, Nick, all the team at Gate studio and my trusty co-producer mr Argy Stream. It is an honor to have worked with all of you.
“Star Tales” was my first contact with the music industry and through it I have learned a lot. Despite our ill-fated relationship with Black Lotus Records, who released the album by the end of November 2004, I’d like to thank George and Andreas for trusting me and for helping in my first steps.
“Star Tales” symbolizes freedom and hope for me. Those were some very carefree years full of ambition and big dreams.
My biggest dream and idea back in 2004 was to create three “Dol” projects that will approach my hybrid love of metal and electronics through 3 different perspectives. Check out the name of this song if you don’t believe me:
This dream eventually did come true and after ten years I have now 8 releases with my three projects that make me very proud.
Unfortunately, as I also mention in the Spacecast, music is one of the few professions that becomes less and less viable through the years despite your progress, evolution and hard work. The last years it gets harder and harder to sustain myself (living in the tax ridden austerity hell that Greece has become).
I am very troubled about what my next steps should be. I have so many new ideas but I am afraid to make any plans. Of course as “Mission Butterfly” reminded me, “Dreams can’t stop”!
That is why I believe I will prevail over this obstacle and eventually bring all my mad space music ideas into existence!
I would like to thank you all for your awesome support through the years and wish all the best for the new year 2015. Cheers and Space On for another 10 years of music adventures!
I was casually browsing through the fruit and veggies section at a huge local super market warehouse (selling some not-so-local products) yesterday and I found this strange tiny little pineapple ordering me to do the most extraordinary thing:
I prefer to buy more local products but I couldn’t resist the power of this simple message…
Since 2008 the 8th of June is officially celebrated as the World Oceans Day. A reminder of the wondrous magic of the seas but also of the big problems that threaten marine life and our planet every day. Living in such a sea based country as Greece, the sea has always been a great inspiration for me and my music.
We should all rethink our consumption habits and question our true needs into how we can cover them using sustainable resources and earth friendly materials.
Another type of problem regarding the seas that we currently face in Greece, is a new proposed legislation by our government that will allow blind commercial exploitation of our beautiful shorelines. This legislation removes the right of access to the seashore, allows the building of permanent structures for private profit and allows many more disastrous activities to the Greek coastlines.
If you have 1 minute please sign this petition to stop this disastrous legislation.
This same destructive practices took place in Spain with 75% of the Spanish coast being urbanized. Check the warning letter that the head of WWF Spain sent over to the Greek Ministers regarding this matter.
I was just informed that the nightmare master H.R. Giger has died on the 12th of May after an accident he had falling down some stairs. He was 74 years old.
I am shocked and sad that this genius artist is no longer within us. Mostly known for his work on movies like Alien, Poltergeist and Species, Giger has bestowed upon the world a huge legacy of dark art.
He has been a great inspiration on my work and especially in Dol Kruug. I also can’t forget the impact the game Dark Seed had on me as a kid. His surreal, monochromatic sculptures and dreamscapes will haunt us forever.
A great surprise awaited me while I opened my PO Box yesterday. My great friend Cedric sent me a lovely fleece blanket that displays our beloved video game hero Sonic the Hedgehog!
The blanket couldn’t have arrived at a better time, since it has been rather chilly lately especially during the nights and it has helped me concentrate better with my urgent task of completing the Dol Kruug release. The Sonic design is outstanding and it re-triggers my desire to wonder where Sega will take their franchise with the upcoming Sonic Boom game.
Cedric has an excellent French metal webzine called Magic Fire Music and a cat named Raoul. Thank you very much my friend, I wish all the best for the new year to you, Angelique and your lovely fur-ball. Gotta go before Batman calls dibs on the blanket again 😛