Vol.41 Autumn 2013
Vol.41 Autumn 2013
Publishing Art & Creative Direction Editing Petros Vasiadis @ptrs_0 Î´eface365 ATHENS, GREECE Thanks to Niki Sorogas for Interviewing "Roadrunner" & "Made By Grey"
Roadrunner Athanasios K. Margaritidis Marivilla Marivi Fuentes What's up Doc? Konstantinos Letsas Made By Grey Antonis Hatzimichalis One Of A Kind Irini Michopoulou Martha Foka Hong Kong Architecture Efi Gousi The Final Pay-Off
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HONG KONG/ ARCHITECTURE
he Architecture of Hong Kong features great emphasis on Contemporary architecture, especially Modernism, Postmodernism, Functionalism, etc. Due to the lack of available land, few historical buildings remain in the urban areas of Hong Kong. However, Hong Kong has become a centre for modern architecture as older buildings are cleared away to make space for newer, larger buildings. It has more buildings above 35m (or 100m) and more skyscrapers above 150m than any other city. Hong Kong's skyline is often considered to be the best in the world, with the surrounding mountains and Victoria Harbour complementing the skyscrapers.
Meanwhile, the British introduced Victorian and Edwardian architecture styles from the mid-19th century onwards. Notable surviving examples include the Legislative Council Building, the Central Police Station and Murray House. One building that has since been demolished was the Hong Kong Club Building; it was built atop a smaller structure designed in Italian Renaissance Revival style in 1897. The building was the subject of a bitter heritage conservation struggle in the late 1970s, which ultimately failed to save the building. The first building in Hong Kong to be classified as the first high rise was constructed between June 1904 and
December 1905. It consisted of 5 major buildings, each stacking 5 to 6 stories high. The structures were raised by the Hong Kong Land company under Catchick Paul Chaterand James Johnstone Keswick. Most high rise buildings to be built afterwards were for business purposes; the first true skyscraper in Hong Kong was built for HongkongBankin 1935, which was also the first building in Hong Kong to have air conditioning; however this has since been replaced with the HSBC Main Building, Hong Kong of 1985. Likewise the few examples of 1930s Streamline Moderne and Bauhaus architecture in Hong Kong, such as theCentral Market and the Wan Chai Market, are facing imminent demolitions despite protests from heritage conservation groups. In the residential sector, multi-story buildings did not appear until the Buildings Ordinance 1955 lifted the height limit of residential buildings. This change was necessitated by the massive influx of refugees into Hong Kong after the Communist revolution in China in 1949, and the subsequent Shek Kip Mei slum fire in 1953. Public housing estates, originally seven-storeys high with notoriously cramped conditions, public bathrooms and no kitchens, were hastily built to accommodate the homeless; meanwhile private apartments, still tightly packed into city blocks like the Tong Lau of old, had grown to over 20 stories high by the mid-1960s. The private housing estate began in 1965 with Mei Foo Sun Chuen.
The first major private construction came from Swire properties in 1972 with the development of middleclass estate of Taikoo Shing. With little space wasted on statues or landmarks that consumed unnecessary real estate, Taikoo Shing's design was the new standard.
Until the late 1990s, the primary demand for high-end buildings was in and around Central. The buildings of Central comprise the skyline along the coast of the Victoria Harbour, a famous tourist attraction in Hong Kong. But until Kai Tak Airport closed in 1998, strict height restrictions were in force in Kowloon so that airplanes could come in to land. These restrictions have now been lifted and many new skyscrapers in Kowloon have been constructed, including the International Commerce Center at the West Kowloon reclamation, which has been the tallest building in Hong Kong since its completion in 2010. Many commercial and residential towers built in the past two decades are among the tallest in the world, including Highcliff, The Arch, and The Harbourside. Still, more towers are under construction, like One Island East. At present, Hong Kong has the world's biggest skyline with a total of 7,681 skyscrapers, placing it ahead of even New York City, despite the fact that New York is larger in area. Most of these were built in past two decades.
Hong Kong's best-known building is probably I. M. Pei's Bank of China Tower. The building attracted heated controversy from the moment its design was released to the public, which continued for years after the building's completion in 1990. The building was said to cast negative feng shui energy into the heart of Hong Kong due to the building's sharp angles. One rumour even went so far as to say that the negative energy was concentrated on the Government House as a Chinese plot to foil any decisions taken there. The two white aerials on top on the building were deemed inauspicious as two sticks of incense are burned for the dead. One of the largest construction projects in Hong Kong has been the new Hong Kong International Airport on Chek Lap Kok near Lantau, which was the most extensive single civil engineering project ever undertaken. Designed by Sir Norman Foster, the huge land reclamation project is linked to the centre of Hong Kong by the Lantau Link, which features three new major bridges: the world's sixth largest suspension bridge, Tsing Ma, which was built in 1997, connecting the islands of Tsing Yi and Ma Wan; the world's longest cable-stayed bridgecarrying both road and railway traffic, Kap Shui Mun, which links Ma Wan and Lantau; and the world's first major 4-span cable-stayed bridge, Ting Kau, which connects Tsing Yi and the mainland New Territories.
Drug-induc cardiac dea
Konstantinos Letsas, MD Second Department of Cardiology, Evangelismos General Hospital of Athens, Greece e-mail: email@example.com
ecent data have shown that sudden cardiac death occurs in the absence of coronary heart disease or other cardiomyopathy in about 5-10% of cases. Certain primary electrical diseases such as the long QT syndrome, the short QT syndrome, the Brugada syndrome, and the catecholaminergic polymorphic ventricular tachycardia may be underling cause of sudden cardiac death in this group of subjects without over structural heart disease. Apart from the congenital form of these syndromes, accumulating data have shown that an increasing number of drugs commonly prescribed in routine clinical practice are implicated in acquired forms of long QT syndrome, short QT syndrome, and Brugada syndrome predisposing to sudden cardiac death in the absence of structural heart disease. Drug-induced proarrhythmia represents a great challenge for those involved in the development of novel pharmaceuticals and in the regulatory bodies for drug approval as well as for
WHAT'S UP DOC?
ced sudden ath the prescribing clinicians. Our understanding of the mechanisms that underlie drug-induced proarrhythmia has grown dramatically over the last two decades. Although, genetic susceptibility underlie drug-induced proarrhythmia in certain cases, current data are limited regarding this topic. Several cardiac and non-cardiac agents have been shown to prolong cardiac repolarization (QT interval) predisposing to torsades de pointes polymorphic ventricular tachycardia and sudden cardiac death. Antimicrobials and psychotropic drugs are the most common non-cardiac drugs involved in drug-induced QT interval prolongation, which in the vast majority of cases are prescribed by non-cardiologists. A full list of these drugs can be accessed via the internet (www. torsades.org, www.qtdrugs.org, www.longqt.org, www. sads. org). Advanced age (>60 years), female gender, hypertension and paroxysmal atrial tachyarrhythmias were the most common identifiable pre-existing risk factors. Polypharmacy should also be
considered as a risk factor for druginduced QT interval prolongation. The unifying concept of â€œreduced cardiac repolarization reserveâ€? has been proposed to explain the mechanism by which some patients are rendered more susceptible than others to the QT-prolonging effects of drugs. Silent mutations and/or polymorphisms in genes encoding cardiac ion channels leading to a reduced cardiac repolarization reserve hold the key to understanding why healthy individuals will be exposed to risk for QT interval prolongation when taking medication for unrelated causes. The short QT syndrome, a new highly arrhythmogenic syndrome affecting young and healthy individuals without structural heart disease, is associated with a predisposition to atrial fibrillation and sudden cardiac death. Limited data exist regarding the incidence and the underlying mechanisms of drug-induced QT shortening. The Brugada syndrome is a primary electrical disease characterized by
WHAT'S UP DOC? coved type ST-segment configuration in right precordial leads, the absence of structural heart disease, and a high risk of ventricular tachycardia/ventricular fibrillation and sudden cardiac death. There are two principal hypotheses on the pathophysiologic basis of Brugada syndrome: the “depolarization hypothesis”, namely right ventricular conduction delay, and the “repolarization hypothesis”, namely transmural dispersion of right ventricular action potential morphology, driven by the loss of the spike and dome action potential morphology at right ventricular epicardium. An increasing number of drugs have been reported to induce the diagnostic electrocardiographic pattern of Brugada syndrome and/or (fatal) arrhythmias in Brugada syndrome patients. Anesthetics and psychotropic drugs are the most common non-cardiac drugs involved in drug-induced Brugada syndrome. The full list of these drugs can be assessed in the following website: www.brugadadrugs.org. Drug-induced proarrhythmia should always be considered as a predictor of sudden cardiac death and should prompt critical revaluation of risks and benefits of the suspicious medication. In clinical practice, adverse effects can be prevented by not exceeding the recommended dose, by restricting the dose in patients with pre-existing risk factors and avoiding concomitant administration with other agents.
References 1. Letsas KP, Kavvouras C, Kollias G, Tsikrikas S, Korantzopoulos P, Efremidis M, Sideris A. Drug-Induced Brugada Syndrome by Noncardiac Agents. Pacing Clin Electrophysiol. 2013 Aug 30. doi: 10.1111/pace.12234. 2. Konstantopoulou A, Tsikrikas S, Asvestas D, Korantzopoulos P, Letsas KP. Mechanisms of drug-induced proarrhythmia in clinical practice. World J Cardiol. 2013 Jun 26;5(6):17585. doi: 10.4330/wjc.v5.i6.175. 3. Letsas KP, Efremidis M, Kounas SP, Pappas LK, Gavrielatos G, Alexanian IP, Dimopoulos NP, Filippatos GS, Sideris A, Kardaras F. Clinical characteristics of patients with drug-induced QT interval prolongation and torsade de pointes: identification of risk factors. Clin Res Cardiol. 2009 Apr;98(4):208-12. doi: 10.1007/s00392-008-0741-y.
4. www.torsades.org 5. www.qtdrugs.org 6. www.longqt.org 7. www.sads.org 8. www.brugadadrugs.org
ROSE Mixed media
"I do not like to explain each of my works. I'd rather people have their own opinion or feelings against them. I love meat and meat disgusts me. I obsessively draw the color and the texture of raw meat. I love watching the butchers and market stalls with huge mountains of fresh food placed perfectly like a box of chocolates in question. I need to draw the meat because it calls me and disgusts me at the same time. The beauty of normal and luxury objects, such as food, constantly attracts me while I watch every detail of its shape and colors. People need to cook something to relax, I need to draw that food for a living. I like to say that I do portraits of food."
MEAT CAKE Colored pencils on paper
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Marivilla Reviews: deface365.blogspot.gr (Greece) mybmagazine (Spain) www.illustrationserved.com youinside.me (Russia) www.gulab.com.br (Brasil) algopasa.a-martinez.com (Spain) www.blog-dailylife.blogspot.com.es (Spain) www.irislovesfashion.com (Spain)
Mariví Fuentes, or Marivilla for friends, has a degree in Fine Arts and Master of Art Production for the Politecnic University of Valencia, Spain. Since 2003 has participated in numerated individual numbers and group national and internationally exhibitions showing her plastic artwork and since 2010 she's working like freelance illustrator from Barcelona for various companies such as Francis Montesinos, Un día diferente, Netoliet and Andrea Martinez, catalan designer with currently continues to work in diferents fashion projects.
Clients: Andrea Martínez, Barcelona (Spain), Fashion design Francis Montesinos, Valencia (Spain), Fashion design Un día diferente, Vigo (Spain), Events Production Netoliet, Valencia (Spain), Meeting Point Progreso Musical, Madrid (Spain), Music Blog of Coachella, Valencia (Spain), Fashion Dalsland Center, Håverud, Västra Götaland (Sweden), Culture Tomate Tic Tac, Zaragoza (Spain), Children's book illustration
SWEET MEAT PIE Colored pencils on paper
LOVE Colored pencils on paper
Martha Foka ''Midsummer Night's Dream" directed by Michael Marmarinos, National Theatre 2012 -2013.
''Erofili synopsis'', the Space Theatre Company, directed by Simos Kakalas, Athens Festival 2012.
''Windstrasse'' from the dance theater X-it, choreographed by Fotis Nikolaou (photo Alexander Niagos).
CHILDREN & OL PEOPLE ARE LOSIN THEIR FAM DOWNTOWN. USU IN CROWDED PL WHEN PEOPLE SEE RUSH. THE SAME PE AT THE MOM MIGHT BE WITHOUT SUSPICION. CHOOS ALWAYS THE SA
OLDER LOSING MILIES USUALLY LACES EM TO EOPLE MENT OUT ANY OOSE AFEST WAY~
Born in Thessaloniki in 1984. In 2008, she graduated from the School of Drama Theatre of Northern Greece. Since then, she works in theater as an actress and has directed three performances («Medea 4.48», «chez Alba», «Fuite Or The Three Sisters»). In the last year, deals with photography and film. Her first short film «La nuance bleue du profond rouge» premiere on 7th TISFF 2013 (THESS International Short Film Festival).
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The Final Payoff
WORLD PREMIERE AT CYIFF 2013! Storyline An ex-boxer, Greg, works for a strong loan Shark in Athens, Markos. He and his partner are assigned the difficult project to collect back money and interests from borrowers. They both come across everyday people that have been affected by the financial crisis and they get loans which they have to payoff by deadlines! Greg starts having moral concerns when things go bad and has to choose between his job and starting a new life with an ambitious actress he falls for. But a well kept secret from his past will quickly make him reconsider his life and force him to collide with everyone and everything to make the final payoff.
2013, Greece Director: Alexander Leontaritis Producer: Alexander Leontaritis, Greg Terzakis Starring: Greg Terzakis Yiorgos Giannopoulos Yannis Bostanztoglou Eleni Filini Chris Theofilatos
Category GOLDEN APHRODITE / GREEK Details Genre: Drama / Action Duration: 120' Dialogues: Greek Subtitles:English
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Interview by Niki Sorogas
ne man project Made By Grey (Antonis Hatzimichalis) is a newborn color on our sky, combining any describable shade of black and white post-rock aural chroma.“I have written a wicked book,and feel spotless as the lamb” is the name of the fresh E.P, teasingly a letter in a letter (as we see later on). A musical inception from one dream to another. This passage marking the statement of Antonis Hatzimichalis (ex member of The Autumn Leaf Science), was accomplished with the means of any available equipment and the help of friends, individuals and a minimum budget cost. Violins,Trumpets,Vocals, Drums,Guitar,Bass,Piano and Concert Bells are the powerful musical drives used for this recorded creativity with over the top mark quality in sound sophistication. His work is awaiting your full support and lend an ear on bandcamp, so the next album can get in line. The holding moods in the four songs EP are a total noise of a fearless breathtaking dive. A sea of dynamic waves and flowing soundscapes. Its a dejavu.A movie you taught yourself the scenes once and wanted to repeat the monologue of a lost but found searcher. Each time you will bypass a different ethereal thunderstorm of sensual confrontation. Sweet agony progressions will collide you into talented instrumentation and you wont forget those climaxes... post rock is alive...a touchstone for the near future...
Lets start with the simple things, where did your project name come from, and is grey your favorite color? No. I was looking for project name when I was still writing ideas for the demo back in 2011. A friend popped it up as a thought, it sounded perfect to me, it looked beautiful on paper and that’s when I made it actually mine. Your also band member of “The Autumn Leaf Science”. Was the choice of going solo, intended in this short period of time for a reason, was it somewhere parallel with things in your mind ready to get out? I believe being a band member and having a personal project is the same coin with two complement sides. Yes, I was. We have broken up. The work of Made By Grey, existed as an idea, and as a fact initially The Autumn Leaf Science was an experimental preparation for this project. Along the way, we loved what we were doing and captured it as a phase for a band (The Autumn Leaf Science) and when we stopped diggin it, we stopped playing. Speaking always on a personal level, I prefer writing music alone, even when I find the music experience more complete and powerful with a jam, a group recording, the inside jokes etc. Does the word timing for you have an impact on the choices (in music) we make,or the chances/decisions we grasp for new challenges these difficult times? certainly
Your album's title jitter-ed me with fascination and after a few searches I came across the passage from, “A letter to Nathaniel Hawthorne (1851)” writen by Herman Melville (Moby Dick). Always being curious I want to know the intended use of it and whats the personal meaning for you. Do you believe in those secret messages that fans have to dive in and feel some what connected? Initially, the album was to be called just “Made by grey”. I changed it the last day... with this phrase of which is so powerful, in order that each and everyone can understand the meaning that it has in oneself. In that letter of Nathaniel, its just a beautiful phrase for me, and nothing more. However, isolated and used as an album title it does indeed have a deeper meaning to me. I wouldn’t want to spoil your meaning or any one else by telling you mine though. Surely im honored and touched with your thoughts, and I like raising the interest of a listener that loves searching my music for something..anything.. There are always things to search for behind music, there are always interpretations and symbols even when they really don’t exist, that is the freedom of perception, as to the freedom of expression. At first when I listened to the album, it seemed like a full band and not a one man show! This is how warm the music feels to my ears. Tell me how did you achieved this kind of sound in the recordings... First of all I want to thank you for
your warmth..i don’t know if it has been achieved yet or not, but for sure I would have had wanted for it to be successfully achieved. I wanted the project “Made by grey” to have a rock aesthetic and to give a feeling of a full band playing behind it and for it. For this purpose I avoided to use samples of musical organs/instruments and wherever it was needed, I would call a session musician to play my arrangements, so I could imprint that “human factor”. What is your opinion of computerized music.Do you believe computers are our friend or enemies, and when you record an album to you have an algorithm or go with the flow... With a knife you can cut a piece of bread and at the same time take a life.. I believe computers are good tools and for sure if I wrote on reel to reel analog tape, I would have had many more difficulties to overcome. Also, I like some forms of electronic music a lot and a PC is my friend... I don’t like the low standards though, that have been forming in the productions with the easy use of any sort of samples. I also don’t like the fact, that serious musicians have less work or even no work in the end. Evenmore, I get annoyed by people listening more and more to music from youtube and even worse only from the poor speakers of a laptop. When I record, I have some kind of flowing momentum, that can change, something can change, at any moment. I always have that something on my mind, but there is always a
case when one melody can undo another or perhaps some kind of change in the structure of anything. It doesn’t stop until I feel OK with it. If I don’t feel it, I keep aside the idea and I start with something else. Sarah Kane. 6 years ago I saw the play 4.48 Psychosis and was burned with the feelings. I find her again today a musical dejavu in your work.You honor her with play, “Crave”, one of my favorites (with thoughts on the Bible and aspiring TS.Eliot). Redemptive Love, sexual desire, pain ,torture of the soul, physical and psychological death are all key words from the monologue-climax in first song “Sunrays will make you see the clouds”. Are we optimists or pessimists? Why do we always have to fall into dark abyss to trust a view in the outstanding beautiful side of life. How valuable is Sarah to your insides? I don’t like the term valuable, but I can tell you that she is a writer that I have been touched by. Redemptive love and as many things Sarah Kane describes in Crave is just a natural query of the times we are in. We all carry some “bad material” in us and are too absorbed in forgetting that it exists (or some forget to discharge it) so much, that we don’t have the vein to look through the eyes of those that are just opposite of us and we don’t have the strength and desire to understand them in depth. Anyway, im a person that loves to live in terms of “happily”. Im more creative and fulfilled that way. It does make out (though )that nearly all the tracks
that I have kept, were written in periods of melancholy or worse. For some reason I prefer them. Is there a god? So we create, for that limit of eternal too...and what is your relationship with time as a factor. The divine is a personal thing for each and everyone. Its just like that glass that one finds it half full and the others half empty, even if it exists though, its surely not the thing they want to force you to believe in ,our worlds religions. My relationship with time is quite bad. So bad actually that I avoid to wear a watch and so bad that I always ask others, because I keep forgetting that I can just look at my mobile for it. Which musical memory do you recreate the most? The first time I listened to “The Wall” of Pink Floyd, on a Walkman in the first grades of primary school. Is there always a song that “Saves you” and that you play on repeat? I will dedicate a song to you, instead of answering the question. Its “Music wont save you from anything except silence by Piano Magic”. As for song lucky no.3 “s.i.a (skype is akward) is it a game for c.i.a or does video calling bring us together? Skype is a form of communication. For communication to bring us together it depends clearly on the human factor and not from the tool we use. The things in reality that bring us together is respect, honesty and straightforwardness. The thing I can
and want to tell you for that particular song title as for all the titles of my songs is what I said before about the album title. Each and everyone to hold on to the meaning it has for himself. Without friends we would be nothing. Do you believe in that? How could they help with the album? Ι believe in friendship. I find myself to be in the lucky group, where they have a few but substantial and trusted ones.As for the production of the album, there were substantial friends that were by my side one way or another... Your a DIY kind a guy. We love the word freedom. Tell me, can we transfer the word DIY in other things in life so we can be Human after all? DIY is a form of perspective. I apprehend to it in my music. You on the other side might have made improvised couches for your home from wooden pallets. Its where you turn your antennas to see if it has any kind of application in where you want it to. I think though that the DIY perspective is limited in materials or implementations of things and you cant transfer it in matters such as friendship, love and interpersonal relationships Some believe that post-rock has left us, are we in the after the post-rock era, has the genre other things to provide? Why do we love those climaxes.. I believe you want to get into music for soundtracks, will we be waiting for some new projects to arise? I think im the first that’s playing meta
modern nu post post rock (just kidding!) To be honest it doesn’t concern me. I just want good music to come out and am interested in making that kind of music flow through my ears. Post Rock is just a term that was used in mojo to describe the music of Bark Psychosis. Others say that Bark Psychosis played slow core.. others talk about postrock and they put brutal vocals in the group which is really death metal with delay on guitars ( luckily for us they have accepted the term post-metal). I believe that we have to pass this disengagement with the genres, and anything easily digestible but mainly we have to disengage from this need for innovation. Music has a need for inspiration and not innovation... as long as there is inspiration, evolution is the only outcome... As for the second question, you will hear soon about a project im preparing with “Anadelta” and even sooner about another release from me as “Lack of Sleep” (my insomniac alter ego). There are other things that are under conversation and not ready to be announced yet... What difficulties did you come across in the makings of the record and will you need an extra hand of help in the future? The biggest difficulty I had to overcome, was to tame myself and get organized.. I have a big issue with being organized and Made By Grey project was something that required time and self-denial... to be alone in a studio, can lead you on to a path into many different things except the one thing that
you really have to do...other difficulties was the small budget I had..im lucky that the musicians involved and all the contributors believed in it and helped in each and every way they possibly could...but it doesn’t stop here. I still have many problems to overcome. In the future I will need to stop being a self- sound engineer, its something that bothers me and makes me tired. Even though its a kind of luxury to be able to make it happen on your own. Its different though, when you have a person that’s occupied with all the technical issues, so that you can focus strictly on your music, and a person to say a thought when most needed or just some crap when you don’t and need to loosen up. Some of your favorite bands from Greece? I can name my stand outs, “Gravity says I”, “Electric Litany” and “I am no hero”. I also like “Drogatek”. What feeling do you want to share with your listeners in the end... realization/consciousness of feelings. Back to Basics, The big Q, what is music... This period I realize that music is mathematics, geometry to be more specific. A wish from the planet Made by Grey To fear less of knowing each other,fear more of our ego.
Roadrunner Interview by Niki Sorogas
oday we are wearing our cool ears outfit on and are ready to dive into the abyss of Garage music.Presenting Roadrunner (Athanasios K. Margaritidis) and his musical life and projects. Roadrunner's sounds evolve in a deep ocean of pitch shifted melodies, fantastic vocal samples,warm bass and relaxing beats with a combination of down tempo and solvent extracted tempos. Now if you dont know what Garage music is lets make a first statement of it, and you will learn the rest from our guest! Garage peaked in its beginning in the UK (1990s-2000s) an electronic music genre,a descendant of house music (Chicago,Detroit,New Jersey,NYC) .If we could describe it with words its a 4/4 percussive rhythm with tingling hi hats and beat skipping drums and a chopping up of sounds. These recent years, the underground scene became high on mainstream with the acceptance of Garage evolving into Dubstep. Future Garage flowed from Post Dubstep,2 Step, Chill Step and is walking now on its own path for some years. Producers and Dj's make the outburst with (Dark Swing/Bass) driven roots fusing it into all different styles (Dub Techno/ Futuristic/Detroit) and it becomes a killer modern rhythmic production on the dance floor. Future garage incorporates a variety of influences into UK Garage. You can call it Chillstep. Its more home listening and the name was
passed on by Dj Whistla back in 2009. Zomby,Burial,SBTRKT,Spherix,Joy Orbison for me plus Sun Glitters,Phaeleh,Trifonic,Flashbu lb,Apparat,Plaid,Machinedrum from Roadrunner sure must have you going off your feet and out of your speakers!
Roadrunner,there is always a personal story behind an artist's nickname. Would you like to share your personal book? It also feels like we are running with you too, when listening to your music. Falling in and out of this hype-your escalating thoughts of sound into scenes. Well the reason why I changed my artist name from CaptaiNeedle to Roadrunner was the fact that the first one was hard for anyone to remember and pronounce. The second choice surely is more easy and suitable for pronouncing and to remember. Also, im an amateur trail runner so it represents me well. The stagnation and inactivity which is a characteristic of our times makes us more vulnerable from things that chase us and tear us down.We have to adapt. If you make this change with music on your side then all of this process I believe is just less painful. Future Garage and the other genres that you work with, well are not common yet in Greece. How did this love outburst and how did you decide to take that leap. Also,with what tools do you develop your music and does living in Kilkis play a role in your pro-
gress of making or playing music? We have been down this road again from the times we have spoken and we didn’t conclude anywhere. Lets give it another try. The underground music scene in Greece is malnourished so the same goes for future garage... Surely uneducated listeners and surely cliché perceptions from cafebar-club owners right down to the customer who doesn't give any extra thought in the music he is listening to. Perhaps several radio stations promote and play the wrong music motifs or just project only them in the end. That way the listener is continually used to searching for the same music at home,in his car while driving ,at the cafe-bar where he will go out to enjoy himself or at the club. On the other hand there are many internet radio stations that promote a wide range of underground music! I congratulate them! If we have to believe that as people of the Mediterannean area with sun, warmth and sea the music style that we have are only the uptempo happy ones because we coagulate with easy going soft modern greek hits,why dont we listen to awesome house,detroit house,detroit techno,jazz and soulful the other way around that still are in parallel with our climate and feelings. Im not against any musical styles.I just want others to shine as well.You see,i left future garage out of it.So its just not the geographical spot that plays a role, its the uneducated ears as well. The way that people make money simple and fast too. Play the songs that have been on chart or hits or
djfor half an hour this kind of music, because people are asking for it or else they will leave the premises and the business falls out from a money turnover.Basically its a vicious circle. A great start would be for whoever streams music online, to pressure themselves a bit and give it a try at listening different genres on the internet and see how that goes. Being aware of all of these parameters,how did you begin and later on consolidate your presence in this kind of musical genre, have you regretted? Are there any parts of despair or do you believe that your listeners should sum up to quality rather than quantity?Kilkis is your residence for now, how does that affect you in your decisions? If the second question is not achieved how can I ask from Kilkis to listen to future garage? Ι haven’t consolidated any status for myself. Im just an artist who expresses himself musically and is trying to find his personal music style. The needs of our time and life rhythm is a factor that cant guarantee you that musical expression of yourself right now that can stay like this forever. Kilkis is a beautiful,quiet city, a little melancholic I would say (for surely a spot that’s inspirational for artists) with advantages and disadvantages. I don’t know how big my crowd is. But I would like to thank all that have listened to my music. The rest I would than them after they press play (...laughing). You tributed your albums to two friends you lost unfairly from this
world. Did these events give you some kind of esoteric motivation as where pain became creativity? And in the end, what is music for you as an artist and a listener. You cant make friends or develop easily a real bonding with people these days so each and every loss costs deep inside. The loss of a loved one has an affect in musical expression just because music deals with emotions. Music as a listener increases the quantity of dopamine in me and that concludes to a positive musical expression and creation as an artist. Which method do you use to create a track? Does it all come out at once or do you build on any thoughts, and what are your favorite tools in this process? I don’t operate with some criteria structure. The music builds up on music that repeats itself (loops) which in their turn multiply into their repeatedly function and not only. Various musical themes mean that you have lots of different sounds and ideas. For sure my mac-book helps me for its portability to compose an idea in a warm and beautiful cafe or even somewhere outdoors. At home I work with my favorite virus ti polar, the rme ff 800 sound card and the dynaudio for studio monitors plus heaps of pluggins. What is roadrunner in his music production up till today, and what comes next in the future? Every artist must find his musical style to express himself better and that identifies his sentimental mentality in
the best way. In the album Riverside, Roadrunner finds his musical style in which he expands and suits him better. For the future he will hold on to the future garage elements and experiment with new musical colors and more vocals. Is there any “musical colleague solidarity” and how easy is it to have your work lean upon that kind of term. We see everywhere Kickstarter,Indiegogo etc projects even for well acclaimed bands. Do you believe that its the future or has the music industry changed for independent artists out of the system? I don’t think if there was a “esprit de corps” available before in the artistic expressionism in Greece, but nowadays the difficult economic situation that we live is surely not in pride of helping out of the box people. In Greece there is a lot of driven promotion about specific musical genres. Less experimental bars that promote underground vibes rather than the mainstream philosophy that’s everywhere. For sure the music industry has a certain promotional tactic and trend but I believe we have heard everything that they have had to offer and its just a hybrid machine of music. I think the problem isn’t in whats considered being promoted and how quickly but the “lazy and uneducated” ears. What memory or point in your life have you connected with music and that will still be eternal in your heart? Any everyday momentarily in time image that is being escorted with music
and projects an emotion and inspiration is a moment of happiness and thus making that memory of the image specific and unique. Name us some artists that you feel are in your soul.Do you believe they have offered you an extra portal, so you can evolve into what you have become? Does music has a space or time latitude? There are many of them,and I wouldnâ€™t want to mention them all in case I forget some and surely there are many who arise as new comers that will be
on that list of inspirations. Every artist within his music projects his character in the sounds he creates.Music has no time or space its just a lifestyle. Spiritual growth of a human being and his experiences during his life can be a criteria to the reconsideration of his musical influences. Where did you enjoy playing this year? This year I presented my musical album in the European Music Festival in Volos (19-22 June). I was honored by organizers Barmpakis Nikos and Yannis Adamis for their kind gesture of sup-
port and for this I thank them warmly. The festival was fantastic with 3 music scenes , many " scoutful " listeners ,a plethora of music producers , djs and generally people with an open mind, positive energy and love for different music styles . I would also like to thank the family of VIM RECORDS and Pale Penguin for my show at COO BAR in Thessaloniki on September 14th in the first musical episode of the company ( many others will follow - stay tuned ) . I had great time in a beautiful underground club with a warm environment and musically open minded people! I would like to take this opportunity and thank also John Overblast of Spaceal Orbeats Records and Alex Xiasou of BFuzz Records , Dj Saint of Deep Art Records for their confidence in my musical strive. The next works of Roadrunner will come in collaboration with his friend and expert on EDM and mastering engineer in orange-studio.gr Lyr with apparently a new project name. As Noise | in | Dreams So Roadrunner and Lyr will combine the noise elements together with the atmospheric 2step, future garage and not only musical styles.
The Greek well known photographer Irini Michopoulou proceeds to jewelry design and presents her own line of handmade jewelry.
"One of a kindâ€?
he only uses high-quality materials and the pieces are made with love and attention to every detail. The most important thing is that Each of the pieces is s absolutely one of a kind.!! It doesn't matter how many creations you will buy from the series, there is no way that you will find the same one. Its unique like you. The jewels of her series have been shown in various markets but also in personal presentations. Pieces of the collection will be exhibited for sale in gnossem on line shop with independent designers from around the world and in many more. Also there are frequent references about her creations , to fashion blogs and interviews, in magazines and radio. They have a different style and chic attitude ,consisting of a combination of materials and techniques. Metals such as brass, nickel silver, copper .. hand carved, semiprecious stones, vintage unique details, handpainted pieces, ropes, satin, wood and more. The style is a mix of bohemian style, African ethnic and vintage
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Irini Michopoulou ing Greek and foreign artists such as Franz Ferdinand, Juliette Lewis,Tiger Lilies,to name a few, and other celebrities from the world of theater, film and music industries. She also is well known in the fine art area of photography for the creative vision of her art series that have been participating in many photo exhibitions. Besides the area of the portraiture and fine art photography her work includes areas such as fashion and travel photography. She has her own series of hand made jewelry and home decoration called “One of a kind” Also her passion and love of music led her to the decks as a d.j. She has been spinning for some years in several bars in Greece.
Irini Michopoulou was born in Greece. She attended a combined secondary school, where she majored in graphic arts.After that she decided that her passion is photography. She studded photography at the E.m.e.f. school of Photography studies. At the E.s.p.School for applied and Art Photography studies, with best student scholarship and at the Leica Academy private School of Photography studies. Her work has been in many print outs and magazines around the world. Exhibited in many group and solo exhibitions,as well as in 4th, 5th and 6th exhibition of New Young Greek Photographers and in “Trend And Lifestyle” exhibition,Saint-Petersburg,Russia. Now based in Athens she is well known for her portraits of musicians, includ-
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