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The notes about Nikos Economopoulos’ interview at “Mousiko Kokteil”, Radio Grevena

The recent interview with Nikos Economopoulos,hosted by DJ Dimos (“Mousiko Kokteil”, Radio Grevena) shed light on many aspects of life and work of this remarkable singer.

The range of topics was really wide and the responses were very deep.
For the start Nikos wished everybody and himself health in the coming year, as he believes that it is the main condition of life.

He also expressed his thanks to his many fans, including those who lead his numerous fan pages in Facebook, for supporting his every step.

Speaking about himself, Nikos admitted that he does not like the fact that he is nervous, sensitive and moody person.

Here we will make our first note on the marginsThese characteristics named by Nikos are the very peculiar qualities of the artists and to deal with them can be just as successful as up tilting at windmills, like Don Quixote.

Regarding whether he has any regrets, Nikos said that he had no regrets about anything. Mistakes are happening in this life, but in any case he has no…

Nikos Economopoulos answering

A journalist Ioanna Mamai ( asked Nikos Economopoulos some questions backstage at “Fever”,which is one of the biggest nightclubs in Athens, where this tremendously popular young singer works together with Despina Vandi and Elli Kokkinou.
The topic touched different aspects of his creative life and personality.

The most complete answer Nikos gave to the question regarding the track # 14 from the CD (P**t*na stin psychi)

"First I must say that I took this song not for to be known by people. I’ve recorded 4 albums, people have appreciated my songs, they know them, they are coming to the venue to listen to me and for five years there was no any
need for me to approach the public. I don’t know if it is possible at all. But if it is so, maybe I should do something like that every time? It is not so easy to find such a thing as this song

However, when I first have heard this song, I thought : "It is a very nice, very true thing." “The whore in the soul” - this is not…

Νέο cd με τίτλο “Θα είμαι εδώ” από το Νίκο Οικονομόπουλο!

(κριτική του άλμπουμ του Νίκου Οικονομόπουλου "Θα είμαι εδώ", EMI Greece, 2011)
Η κριτική του μουσικού άλμπουμ πρέπει να είναι αμερόληπτη όπως μια ιατρική διάγνωση. Γι' αυτό, μην ξεχνάμε ότι το CD "Θα είμαι εδώ" του Νίκου Οικονομόπουλου, που κυκλοφόρησε από την ΕΜΙ, έγινε διπλά πλατινένιο μέσα στις δύο πρώτες ημέρες κυκλοφορίας του. Ας μη μιλήσουμε για τις προηγούμενες επιτυχίες αυτού του τραγουδιστή, οι οποίες ήταν τόσο μεγάλες που έκαναν τον συντάκτη αυτού του άρθρου να ενθουσιαστεί τόσο πολύ.
Ας φανταστούμε ότι δεν έχουμε ακούσει ποτέ τις συνεντεύξεις του γι' αυτό το άλμπουμ και ότι δεν είχαμε ποτέ τη δυνατότητα να διαβάσουμε κάποιο διαφημιστικό άρθρο σχετικά με αυτό.
Ας προσπαθήσουμε, απλά, να ανακαλύψουμε τι κρύβεται στον τίτλο του άλμπουμ; Τι έχει στο μυαλό του ο τραγουδιστής όταν λέει, "Θα είμαι εδώ";

Λοιπόν, η έρευνα αρχίζει.

Έχουμε στα χέρια μας ένα CD, το οποίο περιέχει 14 κομμάτια.

Αρχικά, ας ξεκινήσουμε με τους δημιουργούς που έχουν το…

We want to say a huge thank you to Nikos Economopoulos!

Recently, radio Aquarius FM was broadcast live an interview with two authors of the most disputed song from the new double-platinum album by Nikos Economopoulos. Dimitris Paraskevopoulos, composer, and Panagiotis Mandilaris, lyricist, shared their thoughts about this song and its performer.

Paraskevopoulos: The first few days, people rushed to judge, without having realized the meaning of the song, just because it was something unusual. There were some negative reactions and criticism, but slowly the spirits calmed down. Many of those who did not like it first, later started liking it.
As for me, since I write the music to a song, it means that I approved its lyrics. While it is harsh, it is very truthful.

Mandilaris: This song is addressed only to a very special group of women who, without any barrier and hesitation, could do anything to achieve their goal, culminating with selling their very soul. This is the worst thing. This piece is addressed to women, but, of course, the same …

CD album "Θα είμαι εδώ” (I’ll Be Here) by Nikos Economopoulos

(review of the album by Nikos Economopoulos "Θα 'μαι εδω”, EMI Greece, 2011)

The review of the musical album must be as unbiased as a physician’s diagnosis. That's why let us forget that the CD "Θα είμαι εδώ” (I’ll Be Here) by Nikos Economopoulos, released by EMI Greece, became double platinum in the first two days of sales. And let us not speak about the previous successes of this singer, which were big enough for the author of this article to become too enthusiastic.
Imagine we never heard his interviews about this album and never had chance to read any promotional articles about it.
Just let us try to find out what it is hidden in the title of the album? What it is in the singer’s mind when he is saying, "I'll be here."?

Thus, the investigation begins.

We have in our hands a CD, which contains 14 tracks in it.

For a start, let's take the authors with the biggest amount of the songs invested to the CD. The tandem Christodoulos Siganos (music-words) and

"Πάντα θέλω να κάνω ένα βήμα παραπέρα στη δουλειά μου"

Μία μεγάλη και ειλικρινή συνέντευξη έδωσε ο Νίκος Οικονομόπουλος στην δημοσιογράφο του Ριάνα Κουράκου στις αρχές αυτού του έτους (στις 4 Ιανουαρίου), η οποία περιείχε πολλά νέα στοιχεία που προστέθηκαν στο πορτρέτο αυτού του εξαιρετικού τραγουδιστή, που διαθέτει μια από τις πιο όμορφες φωνές της εποχής μας. Χάρη στις πολύ σωστά τοποθετημένες ερωτήσεις της Ριάνας και στις πλήρεις και περιεκτικές απαντήσεις του Νίκου, η συνέντευξη ξεπέρασε τα όρια της και η συνομιλία έγινε σε επίπεδο αναλυτικού διαλόγου.

Η Ριάνα, όπως και άλλοι δημοσιογράφοι, αναφέρεται στον Νίκο σαν νεαρό τραγουδιστή, αλλά την ίδια στιγμή τονίζει την σοβαρότητα του. Ο Νίκος αισθάνεται ευτυχισμένος να είναι πάντα νέος και μιλά για την διαφορά μεταξύ του να είσαι νεός και να είσαι μικρός:
"Δεν είμαι καθόλου μικρός. Το "μικρός" είναι μια δικαιολογία που έχουμε βρει για να κρύβουμε τις σκέψεις μας και τα λόγια μας. Μικρός μπορεί να είναι κάποιος μόνο στο μυαλό".

Μιλώντας για το επάγγελμά του, ο …

“I always want to go a step further in my work” (Nikos Economopoulos confesses to

A large and candid interview Nikos Ekonomopoulos gave the journalist Riana Kourakou of at the beginning of this year (on the 4th of January) contained many new features to add to the portrait of this outstanding singer with one of the most beautiful voices of our time. Thanks to the accurately targeted Riana's questions and to the complete and comprehensive answers by Nikos, interview overstepped the scope of the genre and the conversation reached the level of an analytical dialogue.

Riana, same as other journalists, refers to Nikos as a young singer, but at the same time she points out his seriousness. Nikos feels himself happy to be always young, also he speaks about the difference between being young and being small: “I am not small. ''Small'' is an excuse we find to hide our thoughts and our words. One can be small meaning his mind”
He speaks with a professional grasp about the songs he sings. While answering Riana’s question regarding the large …

Nikos Economopoulos talks to Riana Kourakou ( Part 3

R: Previously, the CDs of laiko singers were compiled of zeibekikos, chasapikos, tsiftetelia, rumbas and a fewer amount of ballads and other modern genres. In your CD now, for example, no one tsifteteli included, while there are a lot of ballads there. As for me, I like the ballads a lot, but, still, why does it happen?
N: There is no special reason for that, just I did not find any tsifteteli I liked. I do not want to put a song if I do not like it, just for a tsifteteli sake. So far, in all my CDs I relied firstly on the lyrics and secondary on the music.
For me the seventy percent of importance goes to the words and thirty percent to the music. However, I like to have not too modernized sound. I want to keep the features of laiko style as much as possible. Not to lose it, not to leave the song without it. That's what I said earlier on the radio. I listen to many artists’ songs, in which bouzouki sound is very soft , it is hidden in background, to the point it is impossible t…

Nikos Economopoulos talks to Riana Kourakou ( –part 2

R: In your new CD there is a song ''Psakse me”, which is a bit in contrary to your style ...

N: There is a bit more rock orchestration there, but the lyrics are very “laiko”, very understandable!
R: The laika-song, however, is facing a trouble, is not it?

N: No, the problem is not in the “laika” music, it is the radio producers who are creating it, let's say! What can we do? We keep on singing !

R: Why, do you think, this has happened? How come that after having a laika song on the top, suddenly the radios do not want bouzouki in orchestration, they prefer a more European sound, what’s happened, finally?

N : Dear Riana, here in Greece we like everything foreign. I don’t know why it is like that. We don’t like our own things, I can’t understand it!

R: However, people, when they like something very much, would create a success by themselves, they play what radios don't play. Besides, now there's a Youtube there and anyone can choose the music they like and not to lis…

Nikos Economopoulos talks to Riana Kourakou ( –part 1

When you really like a song you can exceed your limits!

When you really like a song you can exceed your limits!

Each year it is Nikos Economopoulos' new album what makes a good occasion for our meeting with him.. And there are a lot of reasons for it! When you have a disarmingly sincere artist to talk to, the discussion can go everywhere! Without too many words ... Nikos Economopoulos!

R: Happy New Year, Niko! You are the first our interview of the year once again, same as it was in 2011 and 2010. You were our good sign, that’s why we prefer you for that case! (laughs)

N: -Happy New Year everybody! Thank you very much for liking me (laughs) and it seems I am really a good omen, for your business goes very well!
And personally for you I wish a good health to be able to do the work you love, because you love it and you are fitting it, and to have success with something new that I’ve learned you are prepared for! I wish all the people love and happiness!

R: Let’s start our discussion a…