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Kristi's Secrets

"So that was another experience for me. I was often doing things that people were insisting on telling me you should do, something more commercial in your career - so as to be able to do what you like afterwards. Two or three times in my life I have done this, and that was a mistake - but we learn from mistakes. I followed this advice, feeling that it might be the way to do what I really wanted on my own terms. But you can learn things from anything. Anyway this whole path was a zigzag among very strange things. Sometimes I was in the theatre. I was also studying drama; then I was studying Byzantine music; then I was studying classical singing, going to various teachers and various schools. I went to a school of drama, to the Greek art theatre of Károlus Khún, which was considered to be the most difficult and severe. I would just go around all these different things that had to do with experimenting with different sounds, with different arts, with ways to use your body, with ways to open up your creativity or your ability to communicate. I think that all these things made me what I am now and what I'm trying to become, slowly, slowly, as a person."

"I also worked in a very big and famous production next to the Greek star Alíki Vougioukáki, like Brigitte Bardot would be in France. She made the big production of Evita years later. There I played Perón's mistress. At the same time I was performing with some completely unknown musicians in very small clubs, under the name of a band so people wouldn't realise, and I was doing a completely different thing. The moment when I started to do exactly and only what I wanted to concentrate on was in the '90s, especially when I met Stathis."

Stathis was a punk rocker. To this day he still wears a saz like Joe Strummer wore a Telecaster. What inspired that?

"It was The Ramones in '78, '79," confides Stathis, who is mostly the silent partner throughout the interview. "I was listening to all kinds of music. From 12 I was listening to rock music, before 12 I was listening to rembetica, and suddenly I heard The Ramones. It was the time when I was bored with listening to all the rock. It was predictable."

This feature first appeared in fRoots 237, March 2003


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