In this edition of #CREATORTALK, we speak to APRILIOS ( @aprilios_26 on Instagram). #CREATORTALK is a series of articles and interviews, with a focus on the creative industries and the the talent working within them.
PW- Hey Aprilios! How’s it going?
Hey! It’s going great. Getting ready for an awesome gig tonight!
PW- So, first thing’s first. For those who don’t know yet, how would you sum up who you are and what you do?
Alright! So … I am a Greek born singer and songwriter who’s currently based in London. I have studied Music and Performing Arts and although I write music, I consider myself more sort of a performer than anything else. I am in love with everything 80’s; pop culture, fashion, good music shows and of course Beyonce. Who isn’t ? (laughs)
PW- You recently released your EP, “Can’t Fight the Magic”. What can you tell us about this project and how it came about?
This is actually my first complete EP that I have released. It’s an 80’s inspired pop selection of songs that talk about relationships. The relationship we have with ourselves, our family and of course love. There is a true story behind every song and believe it or not the inspiration behind the whole project came from my mum and my grandma. It includes three of my favourite songs that we wrote with my producer Brando Walker… and trust me, we wrote a lot!
PW- You’re inspired by 80’s nostalgia and soulful music, which is really evident in your EP. Who or what are your main influences?
My influences are really mixed if I have to be honest. I grew up listening to classical music and The Doors with my parents, traditional Greek music with my grandparents, 90’s and 00’s pop music with my friends and underground hip-hop with my brother. When I write, I always look up to Michael Jackson, Prince, Whitney Houston and Lalah Hathaway. The 1980’s saw the superstardom of all these artists, the rise of digital recording and the use of non-traditional sounds. I find it really fascinating and I really like experimenting with my sound, I think that’s why I am drawn to that era. Also the power that comes with soul music and this amazing history of the African-American community is something super influential and it’s still under exploration when it comes to my music.
PW- Your first steps in the industry were as a songwriter on Mica Eio’s album ‘’Magic Ball’’. How did this experience shape the trajectory of your career?
Mica was, is and will always be my vocal coach and mentor. Back then, she was producing one of her first singles and she was looking for a songwriter to write on those beautiful Jazzy and Motown inspired tracks. Mica is an amazing musician who’s all about fresh ideas and concepts and I think that’s why we clicked. The whole process of creating a single or an album and how you put ideas down on paper and then build them up to a live form and share them with people got me excited. This collaboration taught me a lot, and it was a kick-start to my own songwriting and singing career.
PW- What plans do you have for the future?
Hmm… That’s a tough one. I don’t really like planning too much when it comes to the future. What I want is to continue writing music, performing, staying healthy, learning and keep on connecting with great people.
PW- This blog focuses heavily on creativity and the real people behind the art. How does creativity affect you on a day to day basis? Do you get super inspired out and about, or is it more of a focused effort, where you can shut off from the world and just think?
Call me crazy but I will explain it like this. I live my life like playing in a romantic comedy with lots of plot twists and great soundtracks. I think like that, dream like that and act like so. I kinda create every aspect as I go .To make you understand, I might be at the beach sitting on the sand during sunset and my mind creates the music, the scenario, the actions, even the mood that goes with that scene. It doesn’t happen always of course but I strongly believe that creativity elevates life so why not make that part of it ?
PW- In this kind of economy and industry, it can be tough to feel like you’re moving forwards sometimes. How do you battle these feelings when they come up, and do you have any advice to other people who might be struggling in a similar way?
I think you have to stay true to yourself and experiment with your craft. I know that we all have to pay rent, but if you work with what you have and grow as an artist you can always find interesting aspects of your music and your visuals that might light up a new fire to your whole process. Talent is always there and no matter what it will eventually shine through. What I find really inspiring is connecting with people with similar goals. Two or more creative minds are better than one and it’s always good to have a music buddy to share your thoughts and struggles with. I have made some really wonderful pieces that I am proud of this way.
PW- And final question! It’s more of an invitation actually. Use the next few sentences to self-promote the hell out of what you’re up to, what we can see etc, no judgement
No one knows what I am actually up to, music-wise, not even my friends, so this is a bit of a secret! I love surprises. I am gonna give you some hints though! Expect some pretty interesting collaborations. A music video is on the way that I am currently filming abroad and also some pop dance tracks. Keep an eye out for me and you won’t be disappointed.
You can see more of APRILIOS’ work here.