Vassilikos

Vassilikos is one of the most talented Greek artists of his generation. In a country where traditionally the popular music scene is dominated by the use of Greek lyrics, Vassilikos and his band Raining Pleasure, with influences from the European music scene, successfully stood out from the early 90s and managed to set new standards and inspire a new generation of artists. 
Vassilikos has released 7 albums with Raining Pleasure of which he is the composer, singer, bassist/guitarist and lyricist. He is responsible for some of the biggest hits of the last decade in Greece, with songs like “Capricorn”, “Fake”, “Love Me, Love Me, Love Me” dominating both radio stations and charts. 2 of their 3 albums in a major label (EMI Greece) achieved Gold sales, while all these years Vassilikos has written numerous songs that have marked and influenced a whole generation of music lovers in Greece. With his band they have not only toured Greece but also Germany, Turkey and Romania with great success. They have also played several European Festivals such as Rock n’ Coke and Hurricane and have shared the stage with bands and artists such as Pixies, The Cure, Pearl Jam, Kasabian, Arcade Fire and many more.
The band’s interpretation of the album “Reflections” in 2005, an original work of Manos Hadjidakis and The New York Rock n’ Roll Ensemble (1969), was considered by most critics the best since its first release. The album was certified Gold and exceeded 40.000 sales, an extremely high number for the Greek market. The album’s huge success, along with Vassilikos’ determination to lead the band into new ways of expression by also combining the theatrical element in their shows, rocketed their popularity and introduced them to an even wider audience.
Inspired by the band’s phenomenal success, in 2005 Graziella Kanellou filmed a two-hour documentary about Raining Pleasure and the music scene that was created since their formation. The documentary was named after Vassilikos’ song “The Approaching of the Hour” from the band’s No. 1 album “Flood’ and was screened in major film festivals.
Apart from his successful course with Raining Pleasure, Vassilikos has also collaborated with several influential musicians. One of his outstanding performances was his participation on the Dutch singer Traincha’s (Trijnte Oosterhuis) album “The look of Love”, a tribute to Burt Bacharach published by EMI Netherlands.
In 2009, Vassilikos, experienced and more mature, was signed to Sony Music Greece which released his first solo album, a compilation of several numbers of his choice from the 30s to the 60s. The Greek songwriter, apart from his unique voice, adds his own distinctive and fresh perspective to songs that have become classic over time, and makes them sound as if they were written today. In this album, called “Vintage (Songs I Wish I’d Written Vol.1)”, Vassilikos’ duties, apart from singing, include, arranging, performing all musical instruments, and producing together with the English producer Clive Martin, who has worked with universally acclaimed bands and artists like Queen, Peter Gabriel, Terrorvision, Reef, Puressence, Stereophonics, Les Négresses Vertes, and many more. 
Only a few weeks after the release of ‘Vintage’, the album was certified Gold. Vassilikos toured successfully all over Greece, both solo and with his newly-formed band, making ‘Vintage’ one of the most influential English-speaking albums of the country.
The next step, during the summer of 2011, was a hugely successful tour with Dimitra Galani, one of the most influential Greek singers who has been in the spotlight for more than 40 years. Their success led to the release of a live album by Sony Music Greece consisting of some of the best moments from Vassilikos’ and Dimitra’s shared time onstage.
In September of 2012 he astounds his fans by re-introducing to the public the work of Vassilis Tsitsanis, one of the major figures of Greek popular music. In a sold-out concert in the Athens’ Concert Hall, Vassilikos redefined the songs of the famous “rebetiko” composer by presenting them with contemporary instrumentations, in a way they were never heard before. It was around that time that Vassilikos also started an on-going collaboration with the universally acclaimed composer, Yiannis Markopoulos, taking part in a series of concerts with the composer’s songs and symphonic works at some of Greece’s most emblematic venues such as the Athens Concert Hall and the Odeum of Herodes Atticus.
In the spring of 2013 Vassilikos interrupts the recordings of his next solo album this time consisting of his own compositions in order to prepare an album dedicated to the work of Vasilis Tsitsanis. The unexpected adaptation of Tsitsanis’ work that was presented at the Athens Concert Hall a few months ago is now captured in the studio and released by Minos EMI – Universal on July of the same year. Vassilikos in this unique project called “Sunday Cloudy Sunday” once again takes over the orchestration, the performances of all instruments and the production and creates an atmosphere that proves an almost metaphysical connection with the great Greek composer. Sunday Cloudy Sunday was performed live at the Little Theatre of Ancient Epidaurus in July 2014, a production of the Athens and Epidaurus Festival.

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