We are happy to introduce you to the rising music composer – James Basdanis and his special (eastern) anatolian sound !
[Blaster] Thank you for your time James! What music did you grow up listening to?
James Basdanis: A lot of genres of music are what my ears have heard all these years. Certainly, all genres of music have given their part in my musical evolution and my musical career. For sure, Greek traditional music, classic rock, psychedelic rock, jazz, metal, and a lot of other genres of music that were small or large influences.
[Blaster] How did you become involved in music production?
James Basdanis: The first record came in 2009 when we were playing with a comedy rock band when a record company asked us to participate with a song in a collection of some other comedy rock bands. After that came many record appearances in small and large music projects and with bands. Until my first instrumental single was released in 2016, followed in 2019 by my first full-length album entitled “Kaemos” and a few days (on September 23, 2020) my new EP entitled “Diddycoy”.
[Blaster] How would you describe your musical style?
James Basdanis: The truth is that even I can not give an exact definition of my musical style. It’ s a combination of Greek Traditional music, Progressive and Psychedelic Rock, Jazz, Improvisation, etc…I like to say “I play my own music”!
[Blaster] Who writes your songs?
James Basdanis: The answer is simple … me! haha
[Blaster] Is there a hidden meaning in your music?
James Basdanis: I’m always trying to make cinematic images in my orchestral compositions! In simple words, each of my music pieces is a soundtrack for what my eyes have seen and my soul has felt…
[Blaster] Do you collaborate with other musicians? What is that process?
James Basdanis: For sure! There is no music, and in fact the music we play by a single musician. Music is communication, it is a conversation between people in another language. From my collaborators I always try to get the best out of what they have to express on my music. It is a very productive process!
[Blaster] Where do you find your artistic inspiration?
James Basdanis: As I told you before, anything I can see, hear, some experience of my life can become my inspiration. Everything!
[Blaster] What skills have you learned that will help you in your music career?
James Basdanis: My studies in mathematics, reading psychology, my pedagogical experience as a guitar teacher, certainly my consistent character and the philosophy I follow in my life, to love and admire great people without creating them in my mind as non- human idols.
[Blaster] Do you have a record label? Are you a member of any music organization?
James Basdanis: I have been through some record labels over the years, but from 2019 I chose to create my own record label (JBMusic) and manage my music releases.
[Blaster] Who are you inspired by?
James Basdanis: Lots of great musicians and bands like, Yiannis Spathas (Socrates Drunk the Conium), Richie Blackmore, Laco Tayfa, Ibrahim Maalouf, Eric Clapton, Manolis Chiotis, Rory Gallagher and many others that I definitely forget now.
[Blaster] What are the main topics for most of your songs? Do you think topics will change overtime?
James Basdanis: I’m always trying to write about what I live today, but nobody knows what will happen in the near future.
[Blaster] What are you working on right now? Did you release something in the past? What do you feel is the best song you ever released and why?
James Basdanis: As I said before, we just released the EP “Diddycoy” that contains three brand new instrumental tracks.
Of course, we have already started the pre-production for an upcoming album and I hope it will be released in late 2021 or early 2022. We will see! My best song is the next one? haha
[Blaster] At the end of the day, what do you hope people take away from your music?
James Basdanis: Emotions! What else can you ask for from someone?
[Blaster] What would be your dream collaboration, with any musician or producer?
James Basdanis: In general, I am very open to cooperation proposals. I would like to work with anyone we can communicate (musically) and we are able to make a beautiful fresh musical proposal.
[Blaster] How do you balance your music with other obligations – school, hobby, job?
James Basdanis: I feel very lucky because my job is music. I’m teaching at a music school, I’m writing music for theatrical performances and I play a lot of concerts per year.
[Blaster] Would you like to give any message to your fans?
James Basdanis: Love yourself, “kill” your idols, break down the “borders” of your mind.
Life is too short for miserable people and dark days!
[Blaster] Can you share you contact information, social networks links for your fans but also for cooperation with other musicians?
James Basdanis: First of all,
I want to thank you, Matthew, for the invitation and the wonderful interview at Blaster Music Magazine.
My Social Links:
Official Website: https://www.basdanis.eu
Photos by: Billy Georgiou