Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Artist Spotlight - Konstantinos Dilzas


He started making EDM songs just after a sad story of himself  (summer of 2015) .  He was feeling neglected and discarded and started composing some poems. Then, one “difficult” night he converted one poem to an EDM track… That was just the start.

The song was uploaded at YouTube achieving thousands views and wonderful comments. After the success of this first track Konstantinos released 11 more similar songs

Many people all over the world were commenting at those videos mentioning that although they feel Kontantinos’ passion,  unfortunately they don’t understand the language. This led Konstantinos to start thinking about the English versions of those songs.

Tina Refenes a great woman was the “gift of the God” to Konstantinos. She agreed to make the English versions of those tracks and the result was the song “Do you remember?”  (released at 18 may 2016), which stayed at No 1 @ the Dance chart of IMP for one month and has more than 20.000 views now at YouTube without adding the views from the other uploads of the track (EDM Late at night and Spiderhands have also uploaded the song at their channels).

The famous producer Logan Ellis also reviewed the “Do you remember?” (and the Greek version “Thimasai?”) and those videos were also uploaded at Youtube.

DJ rooted made also a special megamix dedicated to Kontantinos EDM tracks which is also uploaded at YouTube.

Another one special project  of konstantinos is an amazing track named “Killers (Toxic people)” which was released both in English and Greek versions. The song is about the phenomenon of toxic people who suck our lives nad then left without even saying goodbye…

The song has a significant airplay at EDM radios and UK clubs and is a very catchy Goa/trance song. It has entered IMP Electronic chart at No 17 (hot debut entry) and climbed to No 13 at the second week. It has many radio spins and surely it will be a TOP 10 hit!

But the big surprise comes from the USA!!

A New psychological Thriller movie film is about to be produced @ 2018 from a very famous and awarded film director.  The film will be presented at NBC Channel USA. The original soundtrack of the film will include 10 main themes. The song “PIECES (The Raven’s Song II) by Konstantinos Dilzas from Greece is about to be the film score of the movie. There are 4 more for the final selection but the “PIECES” seems to be the most prevailing to be the main theme of the movie.

The English lyrics are composed by Tina Refenes based on the Greek konstantinos’ poem “Kommatia.”

1.) What made you want to get into the music business in the first place.  Did anyone influence you.  If so, who?  Influences?

Well, two years ago, I was left devastated by the end of a relationship with, a toxic person, a so called "killer" who cheated on me.  To ease my unbearable pain, I was moved to compose some poems, trapping my feelings in words, expressing not only my hurt and rejection, but also the magical moments and love that I experienced... bad story that has marked my life.

So I prepared my first track and, a friend of mine, the Greek singer Sophia Arvaniti, after listening to it said, "This is it... awesome... you have to release it!" and that was how it all started.  I released my first track "Einai ki ekeina ta proina" ("There are those mornings") which had a significant airplay on the EDM radio stations.  I then continued recording EDM tracks, all relating to this sad story of mine.  I found that it was the only way to express my feelings, in order to live and not die!  

All of those tracks were huge hits all over the world and my fans were asking for them to be done in English, so that they could understand my words.  That was the time that Tina Refenes - a gift from God - came into my life.  After many hours spent discussing that sad episode of my life, she translated many of my poems into English.  Now she knows me better than I know myself, she is a part of my family and I thank God for bringing this angel into my life!

2.)  Unfortunately the music industry is full of talented individuals who just don't get any recognition for their talent and/or work.  What do you plan to do to make sure you stand out and get noticed?

It is very difficult to promote your work among all those projects that are released every day!  I have a great knowledge of the music industry and how it works.  I work very hard, together with my promotional team, to promote every new song to places/ stations/ blogs/ sites/ ensuring that the track "makes it" and up to now, the results show that we know how to "make it".

3.)  Would you rather be in a major label or would you rather stay independent.  Why or why not?

Although I had the opportunity to sign up with two great EDM labels after the success of my first English track, "Do you Remember" - which stayed at No. 1 on the Electronic Dance Chart of IMP THE INDEPENDENT MUSIC PEOPLE DANCE CHART for 2 months, and of course, after the special review and praise from the DJ and producer, Logan Ellis - I chose and prefer to stay independent.

As I said before, I know how this market works.  I don't want others to rule my steps.  I think that in this internet era, if we know how to "move" inside the music industry, we don't need the labels anymore.

4.)  Do you think that the traditional music model as we know it is dead?  Why or why not?

No, I don't think so.  The traditional music is not dead.  On the contrary, many new artists use traditional songs and convert them in a nowadays way.  I am proud of an EDM cover I made of a very popular Greek Folk song ("Thelo na se Tho" {"I want to see you"} by Eleftheria Arvanitaki).  It has become a hit with many spins on EDM radio stations and articles have been written about it from Greece to Hong Kong and, in a very short period of time, it has about 10,000 views.  I will continue covering such songs in a new way... many surprises to come!

5.)  How do you think the internet and social media affected the music industry and how musicians are able to market themselves?

Since record labels don't have the power they had in the past, it is easier to make music and communicate it via the internet and social media.  I have done it quite successfully and I am very happy about it.  You do your music, you communicate it, and you don't have the "label" telling you what to do, which you have to comply with, even though you disagree.

6.)  What is the most difficult thing you've had to endure in life and that has had any effect on your path to become a musician?

As I said before, this whole music trip began at a period in my life when I felt abandoned and discarded by the person that I deeply loved.  Composing music, poems and songs was the only way to live and stay sane.  Have you ever felt this?  The terrible feeling of rejection?  I still don't know how I survived all of this!  I though I had found the "love of my life", my "soulmate" if you will, but as it turned out that person was just a "killer", toxic, a coward who left without even saying goodbye... please, pass to the next question... I don't want to talk about this any more...

7.)  Artists who try to make music for the general public and make more money are usually seen as"sell-outs".  Do you see it that way and if so, what do you plan to do to make sure you make music that is true to your brand and make a good living at the same time without having to "sell-out"?

Actually I don't define myself as a singer.  I am a Naval Architect and Marine Engineer who sometimes does some crazy things like releasing new songs... so I don't relate all of this to money.  I do many other recordings besides the EDM songs, new Greek songs, covers on existing Greek songs, etc. and all these projects are from, and with my soul... no money thinking at all!

8.)  When you do music, what would you like your listeners to get out of your music.

My truth... my soul... my feelings...

"photos at and by the Polyphoniki Studio Athens"

1 comment:

  1. I would just like to add that the gift from God works both ways! Konstantinos Dilzas is a part of my family and I am blessed to have him in my life! Tina Refenes.


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