Apostolos Angelis, composer

Who or what inspired you to take up composing, and pursue a career in music?

A natural need to express myself. When still young, I realized that music is a universal language and music creation was a unique, true and creative way to express imagination, thoughts and feelings. I cannot say that there is a specific event or moment that inspired me to start composing.

Who or what were the most significant influences on your musical life and career as a composer?

Nature, art, mythology, science and philosophy are some of my greatest influences.

What have been the greatest challenges/frustrations of your career so far?

One of my frustrations is when I feel that I don’t have enough time for music.

What are the special challenges/pleasures of working with particular musicians, singers, ensembles and orchestras?

As I do most of the performing and producing myself, there is always a pleasure to work with others. A special challenge is to try and find a suitable musician to perform the right part of a piece of music.

Of which works are you most proud?

My latest music album “Coloring of Life” and the projects I’m currently working on.

How would you characterise your compositional language?

There is a lot of different musical elements involved in my music but I would say that my compositional language can be characterized as electronic-classical with organic feeling.

How do you work?

As an autodidact composer, engineer and producer, I never felt the need to learn music notation in order to successfully express myself. For that reason I prefer to create as many musical details as I can in my head without keeping notes and then translate all these ideas into sounds.

Who are your favourite musicians/composers?

Some of the composers I like are Vangelis, Jean Michel Jarre, Ennio Morricone and many classical composers

As a musician, what is your definition of success?

Success for me means to be able to transform the music I have in my mind into sounds, without limitations or obstacles.

What do you consider to be the most important ideas and concepts to impart to aspiring musicians?

In music, always do what you consider great. You will only fail if you lose your passion for it.


Apostolos Angelis has learnt what he calls the ‘universal language’ of music through the most organic way possible: listening. Ever since he dusted off the old vinyl and cassettes that he found in his childhood home, Apostolos has found himself inspired by the classical composers and the treasured electronic tracks of the 70s and 80s. Apostolos’ raw passion for music has helped him to evolve into a prolific autodidact composer, creating ethereal Electronic-Classical-Orchestral music within his mind and not needing to learn music notation to successfully express his deepest emotions.

 

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