Interview: Eric Alexandrakis

I recently included Eric Alexandrakis’ latest song Here Comes The Snow in a review and playlist of holiday songs and it was one of my favourite tracks on the list. I wanted to find out a little more about him – read on below to find out more!

By Jane Howkins

You recently released a new track titled Here Comes The Snow! What can you tell us about the track and where can it be purchased?

Here Comes The Snow! was actually released a few years ago, but every year gets played on radio mostly across Europe and in retailers across the U.S. during the Holiday Season. It’s about a dream I had in which I was ice skating with actress Charlize Theron. I just woke up and there was the tune. It was recorded on a 16-track recorder, with none of that new modern technology which fixes one’s pitch and timing, and the solo instrument is a bowed instrument from the island of Crete called a lyra.

Would you ever consider doing more Christmas/holiday songs in the future? How do you celebrate the holidays?

I have a whole album of original Christmas songs waiting and willing.

Have you got any plans to release a full length album or an EP anytime soon?

I have several of both coming: Stratford Upon Terra, Terra Schizophrenica, CET, EET, and about 3 more by summer… I hope.

What is the writing and recording process like for you?

Ideas can come from anywhere. Sometimes you can feel something for someone or something, and then you just make up a story around that feeling. I don’t like to write about my own feelings verbatim, as it makes me uncomfortable. I like to start with a lyric, as that always sparks melodies right away, but it can go both ways with music first as well.

Do you plan to release any singles at any point in the near future?

I have several coming with the first on January 1st called My Rainy Day. I also have a Michael Nesmith cover coming on his birthday on the 30th.

You have Greek heritage. Do you think this has influenced your music much?

It has as I’ve listened to a lot of Greek music since I was born. Everything from folk, to island music, to contemporary music up until the end of the 70’s. Greek music after 1979 took a dive into hell. Plus being there a lot has inspired a lot.

What/who influences you most as artists? What have you been listening to recently?

I’m really influenced by everything, but if I had to pick 3 today, it would have to be John Williams, Duran Duran and The Monkees. It could change tomorrow though.

Lately I’ve been listening to The Rolling Stones remasters, Let It Be Naked from The Beatles, the Roxette catalogue, and piles of remixes from the 1980’s.

Has the pandemic hindered your work much?

Well aside from being in an industry that is already designed to destroy itself, hinder no, but limited yes. Uncertainty has caused additional chaos, but it doesn’t keep my from creating.

Do you have any tour dates lined up? What can people expect from one of your shows and why should people come and see you perform live?

No dates as I don’t want to be around people. My shows have had slide projectors, a giant pedal board, and blasts of feedback, but I’d like to play with people at some point.

Any last words for the fans?

The end.