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Alex Apostolakis (GR)
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Paiste Artist Since Nov 2008

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15" 2002 Sound Edge Hi-Hat
10" RUDE Splash
17" Signature Dark Energy Dark Energy Crash Mark I
20" Signature Full Ride
8" Signature Cool Bell
18" Alpha Medium Swiss Crash
18" RUDE China

Biography


Alex Apostolakis was born in Thessaloniki,Greece in 1967. He began playing drums at the age of twelve, turning professional at 19. He has been a member of The Blues Wire, Greece's best known blues band for 18 consecutive years and played literally thousands of concerts with them in Greece and abroad, appearing at blues festivals all over Europe. With this band he has backed an impressive array of blues luminaries visiting Greece, including John Hammond Jr., Louisiana Red, Carey Bell, Katie Webster, Big Time Sarah, Johnny Mars and many others, all of whom praised the band‘s thorough command of the blues idiom and its many shadings. The late great Katie Webster even went so far to describe them as the best blues band in Europe (high praise indeed!).

From 1996 on, he started appearing in sessions for other Greek artists and bands, also appearing live with nearly all of them, turning the roster of the people he has collaborated with into a virtual who's who of the Greek music scene, playing everything from rock to electronica as well as free improvisation to singer-songwriter music, resulting in 45 albums to date.

All the names would be too numerous to mention, but the most notable ones are Thanassis Papaconstantinou, Dionysis Savvopoulos and Socratis Malamas. All this work led to his amicable split with the Blues Wire Band in 2004.He has worked with Thanassis Papaconstantinou and the renowned "Laikedelika" ensemble from 2001-2009.The sound they created defied categorization owing as much to Greek folk music as it did to avant-garde, jazz and rock. He is currently playing with two of the biggest names in Greek music,Nikos Portokaloglou and Filippos Pliatsikas,being in the middle of a tour that will continue untill the fall of 2013.

Alex has also staged, directed and composed music for a number of multi-media shows that featured computer-aided visuals and live music, furthermore his playing has been featured in a number of soundtracks.As of May 2012,he has teamed with the Sonic Ark studios and released "Loophole'',a drum loop library with a snare replacement sample collection as an added bonus. He is known as a high-energetic and enthusiastic player with a strong sense and feel for unusual sounds as well as for his great stage presence, handling many musical styles with authenticity.