Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Nikos Economopoulos talks to People magazine

Nikos Economopoulos, Greek laika song star proved speaking to "People" magazine, he is as sincere in words as he is in his singing.

Low-key, simple and outspoken, the singer is consciously and completely given to his work. Though he loves speed in cars , he is observant making slow and steady steps.
in search of songs.
"From the age of six I wanted to be a singer. At that time I was thinking about football too, but the microphone won me.
Actually, people around me were saying that I have a good voice. All this was inside me, I felt it all lead me there. When I was around 17, I started to sing in public places, while still at school.  I was very mature child from the early age and was not afraid of anything. Everything I did completely on my own and it came out well " he says.

In the time when he started his professional music career, he dreamed to have his own songs to sing, to be signed under the label and to get known by people. The dream became a reality,  and now, a year before reaching his 30, Nikos has under his belt a number of platinum CDs and a history of successful collaborations on stage.
One wonders if the road in his journey was paved with rose petals or it was a path of thorns. "Not just  thorns, but sharp nails. My path is difficult, as in all the chores. There are many people working for 20 euros a day. And in our job things are not as as easy as they seem. Among other things, you're dealing with many people and you may not fit everybody, so we are forced to make compromises to balance things, "he explains.

He has to entertain the audience, but what happens when he is not in the good mood? "It has happened many times, I can tell you that last week I was not so good. This summer I did not feel rested, there was no chance to relax or to have  ten days to chill out, and I think it affected me. But when the audience expresses their love and applauds, something magical happens and I forget about the rest, "he says and his blue eyes lit up.

This period of time he is performing together  with Giannis  Ploutarchos in the nightclub “Thea”, while
recording his new cd. How does it works, when two popular laika names are involved in one programme?
'I have no problem with Giannis, each of us has written their own career path. I never had an issue with posters and all these things. The proof is that the place is full and thanks for that all these people who are always with us, "says Nikos.
Sensitive Cancer on a horoscope, he loves ballads and gives importance to the lyrics of the song
"I can not sing something that does not express the emotion,  it is the meaning of the song to bring a success "

'I wish there always to be people who can write good songs, because for me it is very important to leave behind something to be heard. It's my anxiety to find really good songs, because without them we are nothing. What is Economopoulos without a good song? ", he says candidly.

Is there some advice he had by artists with whom he has worked?

"Each collaboration was a new experience for me. But I give an adwise to myself. I can not hear something from someone else and can not believe in that.  My advice is: be real, authentic and do your job. Nothing else. Everything else is a waste of time. "

Nikos from the beginning of his professional path was keeping his personal life away from the limelight. He is rarely giving interviews and even more rarely is appearing on the television shows. "I am and I will be always outside of showbiz. We have a TV where some think it means something if to be there. For me these people mean nothing, the TV shows a lot of rubbish. This is the truth and I say it ... And I don't like to go out and get a shot with just anyone, so then they are considered to be my friend. "

"I am going out with my friends, very rarely go to the movies and go to eat. I have no particular preference, it can be anything: from a good restaurant till souvlaki. I like gatherings with my friends. They are simple, just for me, they are the most important and  making me happy, " he confesses.

His friends do not belong to the stardom, apart from some exceptions. "I have a friend from music life, I love him a lot, we are talking on the phone and have nice conversations - it is Nino. I see Giannis Parios as my friend, I work with him and he shares with me his huge experience, and Stamatis Gonidis, and Giannis Poulopoulos "

Next point of the discussion was Patra, where he was born and raised. "The place you come from is the umbilical cord that you can not cut ever. Recently my grandmother left us...the last period of time I was coming to Patra often to visit her, as she was ill. My grandmother raised me up and now I feel like I am lost and do not even want to find myself in Patra, but nevertheless, something pulls me there "he admits.

"When a person raises you up there are things inside you, that you can’t forget," he says about his grandmother, Maria.
What is the  first image that comes to mind from his life with her? "There are so many, I  grew up together with her!" He says and closes his eyes smiling, trying to recall a picture. "I remember when I was little and we were dancing on the table. Dancing with my grandmother and with my brother, Vasilis (he is one and a half year older), we danced on the table and my grandfather was clapping for us. My grandfather - I  lost him in 2006, " he recalls with nostalgia.

It was late July when the camera lens captured for the first time the singer with his partner, actress Vicky Kavoura. "I am very well in my personal life and I am very happy during this period of my life. The way I live now is very nice, "  he says with a smile.
Really, what is Nikos like  in the relationship?
"I am traditional. It should be a balance and a mutual respect within relationship"

As for whether he wishes to start his own family, he says frankly: "I'm not getting married, at least not anytime soon. But I think the destination of a man is to have a family and have children.
I want to start a family while I'm still young, I do not want to reach 40 to have children. I want to be young to enjoy it and I see them growing up.

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Nikos Oikonomopoulos: in conversation with Sofia Bekiari (

Collaboration of Giannis Ploutarchos and Nikos Oikonomopoulos certainly is an unexpected but pleasant surprise for all the lovers of good laika music. It is even more impressive with one of the most popular groups, Melisses, added to the programme.  The journalist Sophia Bekiari, writes a short reportage about the concert she visited at  the nightclub Thea and speaks to the participants of the show. 
We provide you here with a translation of her interview with Nikos Oikonomopoulos, who she says, besides of being a singer with a huge voice, is a very genuine person.

 Niko, we see you at “Thea” together with Giannis Ploutarchos. How did this happened?

 Basically, I did not want to sing this summer at all. I told myself that this year I should take a break because I feel I needed to rest a bit - I do not rest at all, singing all the time. Besides people need some rest from me, because they listen to me for many years continuously. I thought I would do three shows including one in Patras for my birthday, because I wanted to be with my friends to celebrate together.

But instead of three I did 13!  At first I thought I would not sing now, but I was convinced and, of course, I was happy to sing with Giannis . I think it was a very good suggestion and I said - why not! Even though I am tired - it does not matter! 'It was a good suggestion and I wanted to do it and it seems we came out well.

Are you having a rest at all? Because, I know you had concerts in several cities …

 No, I do  not feel rested! I did 11 concerts in some cities in Greece and two in Germany. I can not say I feel rested, true. But as I say every time ...I’ll do it in time! 

What can you say about people and - generally -  the life in province?

People in the province love us and it makes sense, because there are many people there who can not come to Athens to see us due to financial problems. They are very excited when they see you there, so, no matter how tired, I has been trying to give something extra to not disappoint  the audience who came.  Certainly, people have many problems which can not be easily put aside because of  the song, but  everyone is just trying to do their job in the best way possible.

While saying you are tired and want to rest, you do the concerts, now you are with Giannis Ploutarchos and in November you are with Vasilis Karras at Fever.

 Yes, we will start the Winter season. Here we with Giannis continue a little bit more, and after that, at the end of November, we will start with Vasilis Karras and Eleni Fourera. I think, this is a very good laiko programme with good voices.

With Vasilis, who is working for so many years in this job and knows it very well, with his vast experience, with the wonderful songs that I like and sing in my programme and with Eleni, who is a fresh girl, a very valuable and good person, as far as I know - we have not had a chat personally yet, but this turns out to be like that. We will work together well !

You have your audience who loves and supports you always... Do you feel secure with it? 

My audience loves me and supports me, but I do not take anything for granted in this life. And now with the way the things go, it will be good to to tighten belt, because we realize that people are having very difficult life. The turnout may be good enough, but there are no more there those old times spendings. And this affects all, including the entrepreneur, the artist, the parking valet and the waiter.

 What about your recording works? 

I've already started and do demos for a lot of songs and I try to choose. I start this process on April. Very soon we hope to release a song on the radio that will be the pilot for the album to be released by the time of my name day, as every year